From:Androidheadlines By:Alexander Maxham
Leading up to the Nexus 6P launch in September, many media outlets were reporting that the relationship between Huawei and Google was to help Huawei become better known in the US, and help Google re-enter China. Which it famously exited in 2010, due to not playing well with the Chinese government censorship laws. While half of that is true, the Nexus 6P is helping Huawei build a reputation in the US as well as exposing more people to their brand (whether that was the entire goal of building a Nexus with Google or not), Huawei made it clear today in Beijing that they were not being used as a vehicle to help Google with their re-entering of China.
We’ve heard quite a bit lately that Google has been looking to re-enter China, and Google’s Co-Founder, now Alphabet Co-Founder, Larry Page said recently that Google re-entering China is not up to him. As he is not the CEO of Google anymore, and that decision is up to Sundar Pichai. The other Google Co-Founder, Sergey Brin said something very similar a few weeks ago as well. In that Alphabet’s subsidiaries are free to do as they wish and operate in whichever countries they wish to operate in.
Huawei believes that they were chosen more for their place in the market, building high-end devices and amazing battery life, than for Google to use Huawei to re-enter the Chinese market. Huawei also specified that Google has a specific team in Mountain View that works with the Chinese government on apps and games that are specific to the Chinese market. Building on the reports that Google is looking to bring a localized version of the Play Store to China, with apps and games approved by the Chinese government.
During this interview, Huawei also mentioned that they are good at hardware and communication (meaning the radios for WiFi, LTE, etc) and Google excels at software and the ecosystem, and together they built an amazing device in the Nexus 6P with a great ecosystem thanks to the Android platform and Android 6.0 Marshmallow.
It’s been an interesting couple of years for smartwatches, with Google getting involved last year with Android Wear, Samsung upping their game and increasingly better-looking hardware coming from all corners of the market. Android Wear is now an established platform, and there have been new releases from Pebble, Samsung and a host of others looking to offer something different. Android Wear has spread to devices from ASUS, Sony and even Huawei and these watches work with whichever Android device you own (so long as you’re running Android 4.3 and above) and even Samsung have followed suit. Not of all these fancy little computers are the same of course, and there can be only one winner for our 2015 award for the Best Smartwatch.
Nexus 6P has won widespread recognition among many technology media and consumers. According to Prisjakt, the biggest searching engine in Sweden, Nexus 6P has been listed as No.1 in the Top Heat Mobile Board for ten consecutive days. Thanks to its excellence in both hardware and software, Nexus 6P was given five media awards in Sweden.
The Nexus 6P is a near universal hit. It's got the size — both in terms of display real estate and in the fact that it's also thin and therefore doesn't feel as big as you might expect. It's got the specs. It's got a camera we're happy to use.
In Beijing on Huawei’s media tour, we got the chance to speak with Eric Fang who is the vice president of Huawei’s R&D in the US, regarding the Nexus 6P. Which he was, for the most part, in charge of developing. Fang told us how it was his dream to work with Google on a Nexus device, and here we are with a Huawei-made Nexus in the Nexus 6P. During the group interview, we also asked about some of the difficulties in making the Nexus 6P and cooperating with Google.