It appears that Google is working on a smartphone called the “Google Phone” which it will launch later this year. According to the Telegraph Google will release a smartphone with tighter controls over “design, manufacturing and software” before the end of the year.
While this might affect partnerships including those with HTC who is supposedly making the Nexus devices this year. Google CEO Sundar Pichai has recently been very vocal over tighter control on design and materials.
It is unknown what the reality of the phone will hold and whether it will be any different from phones from manufacturers like Samsung or Huawei.