Google to build it’s own smartphone
Google has made a name for itself not only with it’s famous search engine and software services, but also with their mobile operating system, Android, which has dominated the smartphone market and is currently the worlds most popular as well. Google’s operating system unlike Apple is open source, meaning anyone can take it and modify it to their wishes. Thats why there are so many variants of Android coming from manufacturers like Samsung, LG, and HTC. The “stock” version of Android is the version of Android Google designed it to be, and is commonly found on Google’s line of Nexus smartphones, which are made by OEMs Google chooses to work with (HTC, Samsung, LG, and Huawei have all had the pleasure of manufacturing Nexus phones). For 6 years the Nexus has been the phone to get for stock Android lovers like myself, and it seems Google is finally going to step up to the plate and make it’s own smartphone to compete with the rest of the world, but it still looks like there will be a Nexus phone launching this year which might be made by HTC.
Sources told The Telegraph that Google is in talks with mobile operators to introduce a Google branded handset. This move would expand Google’s recent effort in Hardware, as they already have a laptop and a Tablet. Google has also announced earlier this year that Rick Osterloh, former President of Moto, will be head of a new hardware division at Google, another sign that we actually might be seeing this smartphone in our near future.
The benefits of having a Google built smartphone would be that Google would have control over software and hardware, just like with the iPhone, although Google already has a lot of say over what happens with Nexus devices, this would give them full control. However over on the software side, it would be identical to how it is on the Nexus line of devices, stock Android getting all the latest updates first.
With smartphones getting more and more stagnant, its exciting to see what Google will bring to the table.
Source: The Telegraph