Google CEO Sundar Pichai has said the tech giant has no plans to manufacture their own smartphones and will continue to rely on other manufacturers to provide the hardware to the Google produced Android operating System, according to media reports.
Google plans to continue its collaboration with Original Equipments Manufacturers (OEMs) to make phones for the Android ecosystem. The company has so far offered contracts to various manufacturers such as Huawei, Asus, LG, etc. to make their flagship Nexus phones.
“Our plan is still to work with OEMs to make phones. Nexus, we are investing more effort into them, you’ll see us put more thought into Nexus devices, there are categories beyond phones, we’ll be opinionated where we need to be to push the category forward,” Sundar Pichai said in an interview to Vox Media’s Code Conference on Wednesday.
The Android OS is now the most used platform on smartphones , with over 82.8% of the smartphones running on the platform as compared to 13.9% of iOS market share. The Google CEO wants to continue this trend by letting OEMs use the open ecosystem.
“Android is a very open ecosystem, the answer may not be a global one player answering it every part of the world, you have great examples of regional players in places like India, China, which serve the needs of those markets very well,” he said.