Google has worked with Huawei earlier in launching Nexus 6P last year. According to a new report, the search giant had already planned to work with the latter for its upcoming Pixel smartphones but things didn't go as expected.
Citing people familiar with Huawei's operations, Android Police website reported that when Google reached Huawei for the Nexus 6P, it promised that the smartphone will be sold by all four major carriers in the US. Huawei saw this as its biggest opportunity to enter into the US market. Although it was supported by all four carriers, not a single one sold the Nexus 6P. This was apparently due to Google's talks not going well with them. The carriers too might not have showed much interest in another Nexus device as the previous Nexus 6, sold by them, didn't meet sales expectations, the report claims.
Google had also promised Huawei to invest in a multi-hundred-million dollar ad campaign, which never happened. After the launch of Nexus 6P and Nexus 5X, Huawei was once again approached by Google for Pixel, but on one condition - this time there will be no OEM branding on the handsets. The proposal was then rejected by Huawei, forcing Google to turn towards HTC.
However as per the report, Huawei's relation with Google still "remains strong" with ongoing collaborations said to include a rumoured Huawei-made tablet. Other reports suggest that the search giant might seek help of other OEMs including Huawei to build a mid-range device to launch somewhere in mid-2017.
Meanwhile, Google is all set to launch the two smartphones, Pixel and Pixel XL at its keynote event at 9.30pm Indian time today. A new Chromecast device and a Pixel tablet are also said to be unveiled at the event. Stay tuned with us for the live coverage.
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