In the past, companies like HTC, Samsung, LG, and ASUS have contributed to Google’s Nexus brand. Now, it has surfaced that HP had plans for a Nexus model that never made the light of day, according to a report by The Information.
HP reportedly wanted to partner with Google to make a Nexus smartphone specifically aimed at business users. It would have incorporated several business-centric features, such as the ability to add high-end encryption. However, HP encountered internal resistance from Google, in particular from Andy Rubin, who was in charge of Android. Rubin was replaced by Sundar Pichai in March 2013, which signifies the idea of a business-centric Nexus could still live on.
In related news, as part of the same report, The Information revealed that Google and HP were talking in the past year to enable the use of Google Now as a corporate tool. For example, business users would have the ability to look up company information, such as financial data and product inventory. Talks between the two companies eventually fell through, but this doesn’t mean Google won’t partner with another company to make this a reality.