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Huawei Executive Confirms Reasoning Behind Company’s Refusal to Produce Google’s Pixel Phones

In early October, a report circulated that HTC was not Google’s first choice for manufacturing the Pixel devices. In fact, Google first approached Huawei, the makers of the Nexus 6P, but due to Google’s fierce desire to have no other branding on the devices besides its own, Huawei stepped away from the deal.

Confirmed this week by Huawei executive Colin Giles, having no mention of Huawei in any promotional or branding material was apparently a major turn off for the company. It is reported that years ago, Huawei decided it would not be a contract shop for other companies looking to produce handsets. Since Google was looking purely for this exact thing, the deal never took place.聽

What we have in the HTC-made Pixel and Pixel XL is not bad, so it’s hard to quantify what life would be like聽if Huawei took the gig. Would they be super different? Who knows. More importantly, Huawei continues to stress聽that it is still a partner with Google. This means that the door is always open for future projects with the two working together.

In what ways do you imagine a Huawei-made Pixel device would differ from these HTC devices?

Via: WinFuture聽(German)
  • Adam Truelove

    Ugh, this is depressing. We could have had a gorgeous phone with front facing speakers and minimal bezel, and instead we get the HTC Pixels. Please get it right next time Google. Design the phone yourselves. Don’t use HTC’s recycled design.

  • southerndinner

    Probably would have had a much less ugly design

  • Daistaar

    Pretty sure this was the conversation between Google and Huawei…


    • NexusMan

      I’m guessing Google was Chris Tucker. lol

  • trixnkix637

    Well it’s undoubtable that the Pixel in Huawei’s hands would be designed a lot better than what HTC has done (waterproofing being the main item). I’m still happy with what HTC pulled off, but yeah, almost any other OEM would’ve done a better job.

    • NexusMan

      Except HTC didn’t design it. Nor would have Huawei designed it.

      • southerndinner

        There’s actually no real way to know that.

        • NexusMan

          There’s actually no real way for me to know you’re not Larry Page.

      • trixnkix637

        You do realize the Pixel is a phone HTC was rumored to be working on before Google approached them? Design wise, that was all HTC.

        Google might’ve signed off on things, but the Pixel is an HTC design. No arguing that.

        Can’t speak on what Huawei would’ve designed.

      • trixnkix637

        You do realize the Pixel is a phone HTC was working on before Google approached them? Design wise, that was all HTC.

        Google might’ve signed off on things, but the Pixel is an HTC design. No arguing that.

        Can’t speak on what Huawei would’ve designed.


        • NexusMan

          You do realize the meaning of the word “rumor?” Google said otherwise.

          • trixnkix637

            Yea cuz that picture doesn’t speak a thousand words lol. I love Google too, but not enough to blindly believe everything they say.

          • NexusMan

            Going by your reasoning, I’ve seen many pictures that prove Apple designed most Samsung phones and HTC designed the iPhone 6.

            I love you too, but I’m not about to blindly believe everything you say. 馃槈

          • trixnkix637

            Lol whatever works for you my guy.

          • NexusMan


    • illregal

      Right.. Just like that bendable cheap piece of crap the 6p… oh wait. That was a piece of crap.

      • trixnkix637


  • NexusMan

    How is this news?

    Personally, I’m glad. Never had any interest in Huawei and never will.

  • Gf1fanatic

    Big mistake Huawei. The 6P was amazing. A Huawei Pixel would have been too. Now Huawei will fade away…

    • JY Yew

      Think of all the praise to thr 6p and pixel. Most people only know about it being google branded.

      Meanwhile huawei are making good and cheaper devices in the mate and p9, they surely wont fade away.

  • Hayden7200

    Technically there shouldn’t be any difference between an HTC and Huawei made device since Google designed the entire thing. Those companies are merely putting the devices together for Google.

    • ck125

      Except they clearly used a design HTC already had. The pixel is about a dead ringer for an A9 copy with the added back glass panel. Google can say what they want, if they designed it from the ground up their designers are slacking.

      • Yup and they did that due to time constraints, likely the pixel 2 will look like what the OG pixel would have been under Huawei.

      • NexusMan

        Wait…so Apple designed most Samsung Galaxy phones? I’m confused.

        • ck125

          Of course because it’s over your head. Seeing as Apple is Apple, and Samsung is Samsung, your comment is irrelevant. If you can’t see that the pixel is an A9 with fingerprint sensor on the back and a glass panel, well i don’t know what to tell you. It’s just funny Google claims they made it from the ground up with their design when that isn’t the case.

          • NexusMan

            Wait…did you answer my question? So Apple DID design most Samsung Galaxy phones?

          • ck125

            Not sure why you are still harping on Apple and Samsung. Last I checked this is an article about the pixel, made by HTC and Google. C’mon now…

          • needa

            There are a lot more differences from the a9. Pretty much everything except for the shape of the lcd unit, and the bezels. Not denying that they used the A9 as the reference, just saying that they didn’t chuck the Pixel internals into an A9 and call it good.

          • ck125

            I agree. But for Google to claim they built it from the ground up just isn’t the case is the point I was getting at. Every interview they do with Google about the pixel they claim they built it from the ground up and took full control.

      • michael arazan

        I’m sure they got discounts for premade stock that was already there and not being used as well

    • Personally, I find it hard to believe that Google truly designed the entire thing. I just can’t justify why anyone would choose such a big bezel and not have front facing speakers

    • Adam Truelove

      The rumor (and I think it’s pretty obviously true) is that HTC was their plan B so they just used HTC’s old design rather than design from scratch. I’m hoping they rectify that mistake next time.

  • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

    I’m only buying Droid-Life branded devices going forward

  • Jeremy B.

    Wayyyyy thinner design!

  • JSo

    If we go off of what Google says, there would have been little difference since Google is the one who designed it and picked what went in it.

    • J茅r么me Besnard

      Hopefully for the 2nd generation they will get the memo about front firing stereo speakers, wireless charging and water resistance. I have a feeling they will. With the S8 and iPhone looking to be stunning devices next year with high screen/size ratio, the minimum Google can do is to address the major complains people have with the current Pixels.

      • NexusMan

        People act like this scenario has never happened before…did the 1st iPhone have EVERYthing everyone wanted? No. With each iteration, they will include more features.

        • J茅r么me Besnard

          Considering the Nexus and Pixel phones are from the same linage (and they are), with some iterations Google removed the front facing stereo speakers (from Nexus 6P/5X to Pixel) and wireless charging (from Nexus 6 to Nexus 6P/5X).
          So again, I hope Google gets the memo. Removing features that people praise is not a good scenario.
          I also hope they got started on the Pixel 2 so that they have time to add water resistance (unlike the Pixel which was done in 9 months and did not have enough time to do so).

          • NexusMan

            Lineage is up for interpretation…yes they all have the common link of Google, and yes it is the evolution of the Nexus line, but one could also argue the Pixel to be a new thing, or separate thing in itself as this is all from Google, while the Nexus phones have been variations of devices already 90% complete from other entities.
            The front facing speakers was a Motorola thing, not Google, as was the wireless charging and Ambient display. Other manufacturers subsequently copied Moto’s design, and with the Pixel, Google as the designer chose not to. Maybe they will chose to include it in the design language of future generations, but for now, this is what we got. While I liked the front facing speakers of the Nexus 6, it honestly doesn’t matter to me, because I am not listening to content on my phone without bluetooth speakers or headphones any more than briefly and casually, and for those short spurts, the bottom speaker is fine. I DO, however, hope they add wireless charging on future iterations.

  • Knlegend1

    That’s stupid lol. In today’s market it’s aways good to have multiple revenue streams. Regardless if your name is on the product or not.

    • NexusMan

      Especially when noone in the US knows who you are.

      • Knlegend1

        Which sucks because they make some damn good devices.

  • Andrew Livelsberger

    The difference to me is that I’ve had issues with every HTC phone my family has ever owned.

    I’ve had zero issues with my current Nexus 6P. I’m sklpping this generation of PIXEL phones.

    • JRomeo

      I’m guessing every HTC phone your family has ever owned, none of them were the HTC Nexus One. because that phone was the only one that never caused any issues. anything non-nexus on the other hand. yea were total crap. the Pixel will be phenomenal just like the HTC Nexus was

      • Andrew Livelsberger

        No, we never owned that one, but I had 2 friends that did and they had to return them for faulty buttons and bad screens.

    • NexusMan

      And that has anything to do with the Pixel, why?

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  • FknTwizted

    I can agree. They are trying to make a name for themselves and if you don’t market it you die. I.E. you might have the best widget ever built but, if no one knows you exist……

  • disqus_fmSO0IAaBL

    Dual front facing speakers like in the Nexus 6P!

    • mikewilson1021

      Yeah, but prior to release, wouldn’t you have thought an HTC made Pixel would have had dual front facing speakers based on HTC’s history?
      Edit: My point is that it was a Google decision, not HTC’s. They probably wouldn’t have been in a Huawei made phone either.

      • JLV90

        I thought they would have at least had a dual speaker set up similar to the HTC 10 at least, really disappointed in single speaker.

        • beeftip

          Yeah, that’s what makes me think Google had their own ideas in mind, no matter what company built it.

      • disqus_fmSO0IAaBL

        Good point. I watched MKBHDs pixel review from yesterday and I believe he mentioned the pixel design being based of a pre existing HTC design. He bashes on the bottom-facing speakers too haha!

        • Franklin Adams

          Its loud as hell regardless. I just wish their default Alarm and Ringtones had something like an alarm clock and a regular phone. My only complaint about the Pixel really.

          • NexusMan

            Lol. I agree. The alarms are all mellow…I was like what?????

        • NexusMan

          You mean his review titled: “Google Pixel Review: Best Android Smartphone!”

          Yea…that’s a big haha.

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    • NexusMan

      You mean like in the Nexus 6.

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  • mark555055d

    i wonder if we would have seen a Huawei Pixel XL cost $499 or $599 instead of what we have now for Pixel prices.

    • say592

      Doubt it. Its not really about how much it costs to make the phone, its about convincing customers that pay $750 for an iPhone or a Galaxy that the Pixel is in the same league. Its a premium phone, so it demands a premium price.

      Yes, its not much different than the Nexus series, but marketing changes things dramatically.

      • NexusMan

        It’s VASTLY different from the Nexus phones, sorry. And I’ve been a Nexus fan since the beginning. No Nexus phone, even the best, has run like this phone, MOST Nexus phones have had bad cameras, and even the ones with better cameras are not as good as the Pixel’s. Nexus phones have for the most part never truly been premium, most Nexus phones have not offered the amount of storage available with the Pixel, no Nexus phone has offered sizing options for consumers, and no Nexus phone has offered free unlimited full resolution storage of all your videos and photos.

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  • grapoo

    Probably wouldn’t have changed a thing, other than maybe a few cosmetic differences because of available materials and machining.

  • Aaron MacNaughton

    I honestly would have most likely preferred a Huawei designed Pixel XL since I love my Nexus 6P so much. It’s already gotten me looking into their new Mate 9 and/or future phones made by them whenever my 6P craps out. My favorite Nexus device for sure.

  • Larry Simpson

    Good for Hauwei.

  • JLV90

    I get the whole lack of branding being a turn off, but it’s not like Huawei is having success selling phones with their brand in the US at least.

  • enigmaco

    The vibration function of the 6P pisses me off, and when I contacted Huawei about it they said it was designed that way. Good for Pixel owners.

    • Boogie

      I’m gonna stick it up my bum ^.^

    • Prototype

      What was odd about it?

      • enigmaco

        Weak vibration

  • Arlind

    Less bezel/chin…

    • Boogie

      Less bezel, more booty.
      I like booty.