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Google to take greater control over Nexus design and software features

Google CEO Sundar Pichai has said Google will have a larger say in the design and features of future Nexus devices.

Speaking at the Code Conference, CEO Sundai Pichai says the firm plans to “put a lot more thought into our Nexus devices moving forward.”

He said: “We could be more opinionated about the design of the phone even though we are working with the OEMs,” in order to “push the devices forward.”

“Those are the kinds of evolutions you’ll see.”

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The comments could suggest Google will choose hardware partners based on who is willing to follow its direction for Nexus phones and, in turn, Android phones. Last year LG and Huawei, at Google’s bequest, included fingerprint sensors on Nexus devices for the first time.

Pichai also says there’ll be more software innovations beyond stock Android traditionally installed on Nexus devices.

He added: “Right now we ship Nexus phones with stock Android. You’ll see us thoughtfully add more features on top of Android on Nexus phones. There’s a lot of software innovation to be had.”

Pichar also says Google still plans to work with OEMs to create Nexus devices, rather than run the show alone.

The company, of course, has its Project Ara modular devices in the pipeline with a consumer device coming next year.

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