June 26, 2014 By: Will Verduzco
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!
May 17, 2014 By: Will Verduzco
Just yesterday, we covered a rumor about how the Nexus program may be scrapped in favor of the so-called Android Silver. Naturally this was quite jarring, as Google’s Nexus line-up has come to mean top notch hardware for a bargain basement price. Now of course, this is just a rumor. But given that it’s coming from trusted leaker @evleaks, there may be some truth to this.
Now, according to yet another leak from @evleaks, we have an alleged timetable as to when we should expect Android Silver:
Android Silver, circa February 2015.
While entirely possible, the timetable seems a bit far off. We’ve grown accustomed to seeing yearly Nexus hardware releases, and a February 2015 release would mean up to 16 months since the Google Nexus 5 was released at the tail end of October of last year.
What do you make of all of this? If this year marks the end to the Nexus line, will you give Silver a try? If there is any truth to this rumor, we sincerely hope that Silver doesn’t mark an end to the era of affordable flagships. Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments below.
May 16, 2014 By: Will Verduzco
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?
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?