By Alexandra Burlacu | Jun 30, 2013 07:12 PM EDT
Google Play Edition smartphones seem to be the thing nowadays, and Huawei just confirmed it's joining the party with its own stock Android smartphone.
Huawei joins the likes of Samsung and HTC to develop a smartphone with a pure vanilla Android experience, unadulterated by manufacturer UI and pre-loaded apps. As with all Google Edition smartphones, Huawei's version will sell through the Google Play Store.
After various rumors of a Google Play Edition Huawei smartphone, the company officially confirmed that it is indeed interested in a stock Android handset. In a recent interview with Pocket-Lint, Huawei's handset product division president Kevin Ho said the company is currently collaborating with Google on the project.
"We are working with Google to analyse the possibility of bringing out a Huawei Ascend P6 with Google Edition," Ho told the publication.
It's worth noting, however, that while this comes as a confirmation of such plans, Ho says the company is analyzing the possibility with Google, which means it's not exactly a done deal yet. Chances are that a Huawei Ascend P6 will come out in a Google Edition flavor, but it may also remain just a project, leaving the smartphone only in its regular version.
The Huawei Ascend P6 sports a 4.7-inch 720p display, an in-house 1.5GHz quad-core processor and 2GB of RAM under the hood, an 8-megapixel rear-facing camera and a 5-megapixel front-facing shooter. The smartphone comes with 8GB of internal storage and a micro SD card slot for additional memory. A decent 2,000 mAh battery should provide plenty of juice to keep things running.
While the smartphone is impressive enough on its own, Google Edition versions of high-end smartphones are increasingly popular and in demand. A smartphone with stock Android on board not only comes free of the manufacturer's own skin, it also offers more storage available to the user due to the fact that it doesn't pack the usual slew of pre-loaded apps.
Samsung has a Google Play Edition of its Galaxy S4 flagship smartphone, while HTC has a similar stock Android version of its own flagship, the HTC One. The trend seems far from over and it's likely that more high-end smartphones will come in a pure Android flavor soon. Huawei is one of them and a Google Edition of the Ascend P6 will surely appeal to many users. Would you get one?
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