Don’t look now, but it seems like more and more smartphone OEMs are getting aware of the benefits of pure, stock Android. First, Samsung unveiled a “Google Edition” Galaxy S4 sans all of TouchWiz’s bells and whistles, HTC soon followed with a “Senseless” variant of the One and up next Huawei may look to release a device with vanilla Android.
Remember the Ascend P6? Of course you do. After all, it’s the world’s thinnest smartphone… for now. Not yet available for sale, the 4.7-incher is sizzling hot design-wise, but has more than decent specs too, including a quad-core 1.5 GHz chip, 2 GB of RAM, 8 MP/5 MP cameras and Android 4.2 Jelly Bean.
Unfortunately (for some), the Jelly Bean buttering up the P6 is heavily customized by something called Emotion UI 1.6. And while Huawei officials initially claimed their skinned Android was better than vanilla, it appears they’ve now taken a 180-degree turn and changed their minds.
Kevin Ho, the company’s president of the handset division, has thus told Pocket-Lint that “we are working with Google to analyze the possibility of bringing out a Huawei Ascend P6 with Google Edition”. Vague is just one word to describe that statement, but I for one am fairly certain Huawei is more than “analyzing” the possibility of a Nexus-like P6. I may be wrong, but I’m willing to wager said device will come out by the end of the summer.