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?
May 13, 2014 By: Will Verduzco
Over the past week, we’ve seen a couple of hints that shed light on what we can expect from the next generation of Nexus devices. This started when we first saw “Flounder” appear in the Chromium issue tracker. And then later that day, courtesy of the Android 4.4.3 changelist, we learned that HTC will be manufacturing this device. Curiously, we also saw “Google Molly” appear in the changelist. And thanks to some sleuth work by XDA Senior Member farmerbb, we can assert that Molly may be a set-top box running the next iteration of Google TV.
Now, two names have appeared in the Chromium Code Review two weeks ago, perhaps indicating the name of two upcoming nexus devices: the Google Nexus 6 and Google Nexus 8. As found in the code review:
60 ASSERT_EQ(“01498B321301A00A”, connected->serial());
61 ASSERT_EQ(“Nexus 6“, connected->model());
20 const char kOpenedUnixSocketsCommand = “shell:cat /proc/net/unix”; 13 using content::BrowserThread;
21 const char kDeviceModelCommand = “shell:getprop ro.product.model”;
22 const char kDumpsysCommand = “shell:dumpsys window policy”;
23 const char kListProcessesCommand = “shell:ps”;
24 const char kInstalledChromePackagesCommand = “shell:pm list packages”;
25 const char kDeviceModel = “Nexus 8“;
Now before we get too excited, it’s important to take a look at the location of the code in question, which in this case is for a MockAdbServer. As such, any string could have been used in its place. We must also keep in mind that the code referencing the Nexus 8 was actually removed two weeks ago, and replaced with code referencing the Nexus 6 also shown above.
Despite our skepticism, these two names don’t differ from current Nexus device naming conventions or rumors that the HTC Flounder will be slightly larger than the Asus-built Nexus 7. But if there’s also truth to the Nexus 6 name, let’s hope this doesn’t foreshadow the presence of a larger, six-inch screen like what we expect to see in the LG G3 that will be unveiled later this month. Because after all, while device screens seem to grow with each passing generation, the size of our hands remains constant.