Google Nexus 7 news: Device to be made by HTC?

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Rumors have it that the next-in-line device from Google, dubbed as Nexus 7, may be made in partnership with HTC, and there may be two smartphones coming up with it.

According to Droid Life, a report posted on a Weibo account from China claimed that the two handhelds will feature a 5-inch display and a bigger 5.5-inch display. No further specifications were revealed, but it was predicted that both will run under an operating system powered by Android.

If it comes to fruition, the Nexus 7 will follow Nexus 5x from LG and Huawei’s Nexus 6P that were both unveiled last year.

This will not be the first time that Google and the Taiwanese manufacturer have collaborated to produce new gadgets. The first smartphone in the Nexus line called Nexus One, was also made by HTC which launched in January 2010. It ran under the earlier version of Android OS, Android 2.2 Froyo.

In 2014, the two companies once again worked together in building Nexus 9, which has a 9-inch screen display and got released in 2014.

Reports suggested that the alleged partnership will be beneficial for HTC as it is reportedly in a bad shape as of late.

The company has suffered from a net loss last quarter that amounts to TWD 8 billion, which is around $253 million due to low-cost competitors such as Xioami. The company is said to hope that they will have a turnaround with the help of the HTC Vive virtual reality handset as well.

“The company is working with over 1,000 developers on content creation over a wide spectrum of applications including gaming, entertainment and education, to ensure a compelling ecosystem ahead of the highly anticipated launch of HTC Vive at the end of the year,” HTC stated.

Since neither Google nor HTC has commented on the matter yet, available information should be taken with a grain of salt.