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Google Nexus Line Not Going Anywhere, Will Live Alongside Android Silver
You may recall that about a month and a half ago, there was a widespread rumor that the Nexus program would come to a halt in favor of Android Silver. This rumor originated with a set of tweets by famed leaker @evleaks, stating that there would be no Nexus 6. This rumor can be put to rest for now, thanks to the head of Android engineering and Google’s Nexus program, Dave Burke.
In an interview earlier today posted by ReadWrite, Burke stated that the Nexus program isn’t going anywhere. As such, users can expect a new Nexus device with the official release of Android L later this year. And although Burke couldn’t comment directly on Silver, he made it clear that they “are still invested in Nexus.” And to that end, he wishes to put people’s fears to rest by stating, “People have been commenting about Nexus because there is something else and they think that means the end of Nexus. That is the totally wrong conclusion to make.”
When we are working, there are sort of two outputs. We’re building a Nexus device and we’re building the open source code. There is no way you can build the open source code without the phone or tablet or whatever you are building. You have to live and breathe the code you are developing.
You can’t build a platform in the abstract, you have to build a device (or devices). So, I don’t think can can or will ever go away. And then, I think Nexus is also interesting in that it is a way of us explaining how we think Android should run. It is a statement, almost a statement of purity in some respects. I don’t see why we would ever turn away from that, it wouldn’t make sense.
So there we have it, straight from the head of the Nexus program. The Nexus line isn’t going anywhere. So now that we can remain hopeful for a new Nexus smartphone this fall, what are you looking forward to in the N5’s successor? Let us know in the comments below!
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