It’s early days in 2016, but already there’s 2016 Nexus phone rumours, this time pointing at the maker of the original Nexus: HTC.
According to a post on Chinese social media site Weibo, from someone apparently with a history of ‘good’ leaks, the struggling Taiwanese phone and electronics manufacturer will work with Google to release two Nexus phones this year. The release of two Nexus phones in different size form factors last year is seemingly going to be repeated, with the rumours pointing to phones with 5” and 5.5” screen sizes being released.
HTC’s most recent Nexus outing, the Nexus 9, was met with a tepid response and while it’s not a brilliant tablet, it’s still a solid every day performer that’s still in line to receive updates for some time to come.
HTC’s Nexus One is one of the most venerated phones among Android afficianados with the sleek lines, big and bright screen (for the time) and of course the iconic multi-coloured trackball/notification light.
The financial situation of HTC hasn’t been the best of late, with some less than stellar financial results coming through and a well received Nexus phone or phones as the case may be, could put them on a better track. HTC though has other plans as well, entering the fitness wearables market with their UnderArmour powered ‘Health Box’ announced at CES which is almost available for sale and in April they will begin selling their critically well received HTC Vive Virtual Reality.
With a solid strategy of varied, hardware and new platforms to sell, if HTC can launch a truly notable flagship phone this year, and pull off making this years Nexus phones, then 2016 could just be the year that cements HTC’s future.