News: Google Reportedly Taps iPhone Manufacturer to Build the Pixel 3

Google Reportedly Taps iPhone Manufacturer to Build the Pixel 3

We are still months away from Google unveiling the new Pixel 3 and 3 XL. As rumors continue to trickle in revealing more about what it will look like and its specs, we've learned an important aspect — who is actually manufacturing them.

Since the Nexus One, Google has always left the hardware design and manufacturing to an OEM. Since Google is mostly a software company, it is easier and cheaper for them to leave the actual production to their partners who already have the infrastructure in place to produce phones inexpensively. Therefore, to understand the design language of the hardware, many fans of the lineup anticipate learning who will build it. But this year, things are different.

According to leaker Roland Quandt, Foxconn will build the Pixel 3 and 3 XL. The manufacturer has a long-standing relationship with Apple, producing the iPhone for them. What makes this interesting is that Foxconn isn't a phone manufacturer, but rather a contract manufacturing company. Therefore, for the first time ever, Google is creating a true Google phone. Thanks to the $1.1 billion it spent on HTC's hardware division employees, Google has now created their first phone from the ground up.

Image by Roland Quandt/Twitter

With so much control, the Pixel 3 seems to be designed to compete in the flagship phone space and not just be a showcase for the latest version of Android. What do you think of Google's decision to create the Pixel 3 on their own? Are you excited about Foxconn producing the device? Let us know in the comments below.

Cover image by Phone Designer/Twitter

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