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HTC Re­port­edly Signed Three-Year Deal with Google for Nexus Smart­phones

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Re­mem­ber when HTC made the world's first Nexus smart­phone? The year was 2010, and the phone in ques­tion was known as the Nexus One. For all in­tents and pur­poses, the phone be­came the bedrock of many of to­day's more pow­er­ful Nexus de­vices.

Sadly, HTC was only com­mis­sioned by the Google for that one year, and ever since then, the com­pany has turned to the likes of Korean gi­ants Sam­sung and LG to man­u­fac­ture Nexus smart­phones.

Last month, how­ever, ru­mors be­gan cir­cu­lat­ing that the Tai­wanese brand and Google have ap­par­ently signed a three­year deal, which means that the re­newed part­ner­ship will pos­si­bly see HTC mak­ing not just one, but two new Nexus smart­phones this year.

In ad­di­tion to that, the con­tract also states that HTC will be re­spon­si­ble for the pro­duc­tion of all fu­ture Nexus smart­phone mod­els for the next three years. Es­sen­tially, this means that it is highly pos­si­ble that HTC will be in­tro­duc­ing up to six new Nexus smart­phones un­til the year 2019.

Google's change of heart to­wards HTC may be due to LG's de­ci­sion to pull out from pro­duc­ing any new Nexus smart­phones in the fu­ture. Fur­ther­more, cur­rent re­ports sug­gest that Chi­nese-brand Huawei is still on the fence about mak­ing another Nexus de­vice. Given the suc­cess of the Nexus 6P, though, there's a very high pos­si­bil­ity that the com­pany won't be say­ing no if they're ap­proached by Google once more.

Google and HTC's deal may see the Tai­wanese brand mak­ing Nexus smart­phones once again. (Im­age source: AnandTech.)

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