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Huawei reportedly shunned Google over Pixel phones – here’s why

Chinese manufacturer Huawei passed on the chance to build the Google Pixel phones scheduled to be announced tomorrow, according to a report.

AndroidPolice sources say the Nexus 6P maker pulled out of talks with Google after the US giant insisted there’d be no room for a manufacturer name or logo on either handset.

There would also have been no scope for Huawei’s name to be mentioned in the marketing, effectively reducing the firm to a silent manufacturing partner.

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As a result, Huawei pulled out, according to the report, allowing HTC to step into the void.

However, the logo row may have been a straw that broke the camel’s back in the relationship between Huawei and Google.

The report says, Google made promises to Huawei over widespread network support for the 6P in the United States, as the firm attempted to gain a foothold in the American market.

None of that materialised with Google keeping the Nexus 6P as a virtual Google Store exclusive for long periods of time, with none of the major networks on board.

AndroidPolice also says promises were made over huge marketing budgets, which were not fulfilled.

As such Huawei remains without much of a presence in the United States, despite building one of the all-time, best reviewed Android devices in the Nexus 6P.

Ironically, as the report points out, a deal with Google to build the Pixel, would have netted Huawei the major network support it is seeking, as the new handsets will apparently be available through Verizon.

However, without its name and logo on the phone, would it have been any use to Huawei anyway? Share your thoughts below.

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