News by Andrew Kameka on Friday June 28, 2013.
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The Huawei Ascend P6 was announced only 10 days ago, but Huawei has already backtracked on its original statement that it would not release a "Google Edition" of the Ascend P6. The company now says that it is working with Google and might be willing to release an Ascend P6 Nexus User Experience (NUE) edition.
Huawei Chairman Richard Yu flatly said that there would be no version of the Ascend P6 running stock Android. Though HTC and Samsung have released release versions of their marquee Android devices running stock Android rather than their customized user interfaces, Yu said that the company would focus on its own Emotion UI to meet the needs of customers. Despite those resolute statements, another Huawei executive is less willing to shut the door on the possibility.
Pocket-Lint quotes Kevin Ho, president of handsets at Huawei, as saying that the company is keeping its options open with regards to an NUE smartphone. "We are working with Google to analyze the possibility of bringing out a Huawei Ascend P6 with Google Edition," Ho reportedly said.
So which is it? Either scenario could be plausible. It's possible that Yu firmly said there would be no Google version of the Ascend P6 because he did not want an important product from Huawei, which is trying to make major inroads in North America and Europe, to be overshadowed by the story of yet another Nexus edition phone. However, don't count too much on Huawei and Google partnering to release another Ascend P6. Ho is careful to say only that the company wants to "analyze the possibility," which is like telling your girlfriend that you're thinking about getting a promise ring to signal you'll consider getting an engagement ring and maybe get married. There's no commitment to do anything at this point.
For now at least, anyone considering the Ascend P6 should judge the phone only by its current conditions and the Emotion UI software that's set to ship with the Android phone.
Andrew is MobileBurn.com's managing editor. He is based in Miami, Florida.