Will Verduzco · May 16, 2014 at 07:30 pm

Could the Nexus Program Come to a Halt This Year in Favor of Android Silver?

There are a few things that we as Android geeks look forward to every year. One of these things is undoubtedly the unveiling of new Google Nexus devices. And who’s to blame us? After all, with a Nexus device, you’re generally getting top notch hardware (with the exception of their cameras) at a bargain basement price. But beyond that, you’re also getting the promise of expedient Android version updates to keep up with newer generations of devices—well unless you’re rocking a Galaxy Nexus.

You may recall that over the past two weeks, we’ve seen a few hints at the names and code names of a few allegedly upcoming Nexus devices. This began when we saw “Flounder” appear in the Chromium issue tracker eight days ago. Later that same day in the Android 4.4.3 changelist, we found some hints leading us to believe that this device will be manufactured by HTC, as well as mention of a Google “Molly.” And then just a few days ago, we also found references to the Nexus 6 and Nexus 8 in the Chromium code review. But what if all of this isn’t meant to be, and what if there isn’t a Nexus 6 or Nexus 8 coming our way?

Towards the failtail end of last month, we started hearing rumors that the Nexus program would soon be coming to an end in favor of a program dubbed “Android Silver.” This would essentially offer a premium Android experience that remains true to Android itself, similar to what we currently have with the Google Play edition devices. And similarly to the GPe devices of today, Android Silver allegedly won’t offer the same kind of value that we’ve come to expect from the Nexus lineup. Well, according to trusted leaker @evleaks, this program may begin as early as this year.

There is no Nexus 6. Farewell, Nexus.

Don’t worry, there’s a silver lining to this cloud…

Obviously, this is just (another) rumor to add to the rumormill for your consideration when thinking about the next generation of Nexus devices. However, given that this is coming from @evleaks, who is known for very high leak veracity, we may be in for the Year of no Nexus—sounds like a bad horror movie, amirite?

What are your thoughts on all of this? Are you a Nexus fanatic fearing the loss of the Nexus lineup, or are you looking forward to more diversity in an official Android Silver line? Or do you think this is most likely false, given all of the previous clues we’ve seen regarding the upcoming Nexus devices? Leave us your thoughts in the comments below?

[Source: @evleaks (1,2)]


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willverduzco is an editor on XDA-Developers, the largest community for Android users. Will Verduzco is the Portal Administrator for the XDA-Developers Portal. He has been addicted to mobile technology since the HTC Wizard. But starting with the Nexus One, his gadget love affair shifted to Google's little green robot. He is also a Johns Hopkins University graduate in neuroscience and is now currently studying to become a physician. View willverduzco's posts and articles here.
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