According to an employee at the company, speaking to IBTimes UK, Huawei is working closely with Google to develop the next Nexus smartphone. In doing so, the company is hoping to become a more prominent Android OEM in the West, allowing it to better compete with the likes of Samsung, LG, HTC and Motorola.
The Huawei employee didn't mention anything about the hardware of their upcoming Nexus device, although previous rumors have suggested it will be a 5.7-inch 1440p handset powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 SoC. The device will launch with Android M on board, which Google showed off earlier this year.
Huawei has struggled to gain a foothold in North America due to security concerns surrounding the company's telecommunications infrastructure products. While this doesn't necessarily involve their smartphones to any significant degree, customers typically prefer to avoid Chinese-based OEMs such as Huawei in favor of more household names.
Other reports seem to indicate that Huawei won't be the only manufacturer releasing a Nexus device later this year. LG is reportedly working on a 5.2-inch Nexus device powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 808, the same hexa-core SoC the company used in the LG G4. This standard size flagship would go on to replace LG's previous Nexus handset, the Nexus 5.
Google isn't quite ready to launch Android M just yet, although the OS is currently available through a developer preview. When Android M is set for launch, expect to hear more information about these two new Nexus devices.