HTC has a lot riding on their upcoming smartphone, which may be called the One M10 or simply the HTC 10; we’re not quite sure. The company hasn’t had a big hit in a while and if the HTC 10 fails to perform its just going to make it that much harder for them to make a big comeback. However, they may have just received a stay of execution.

Rumor has it that they’ve just signed a deal with Google to build Nexus hardware for the next three years. It wouldn’t be the first time they’ve worked with Google – they built the Nexus 9 tablet just two years ago. And while Nexus smartphones aren’t the most popular, they’re solid enough performers, and HTC being the only Nexus supplier would mean that they’d be the first to get new Android builds. If this turns out to be true, they could be developing two handsets this year to replace the LG Nexus X and Huawei Nexus 6P.

Rumor has it that Google is looking for more control over the Nexus line, not unlike the control Apple wields over their products, and choosing the struggling HTC may give them that control. The latter certainly isn’t in any position to negotiate.

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