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LG testing Silver device with Qualcomm MSM8994 aboard; Nexus successor to be Sprint exclusive?

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LG testing Silver device with Qualcomm MSM8994 aboard; Nexus successor to be Sprint exclusive?
Evleaks passed along some interesting news in a new tweet sent out on Saturday. According to the serial leaker, among the first phones to be part of the rumored Android Silver Certification program, is an LG model that is powered by the Qualcomm MSM8994 (which could be the Snapdragon 810). According to this rumor, the device is said to be an exclusive for Sprint.

Earlier last week, evleaks sent out a tweet that said that the Nexus 6 is not going to happen. He hinted that with the Nexus program dead, the Silver Certification program at Google would replace it. Under the program, manufacturers would build super-spec'd Android models with a limited number of non-Google apps. 

The latest word we have is that LG and Motorola are interested in the Silver Certification program, while HTC and Samsung are not. There are reports that Samsung was called into Google's HQ with the latter telling Samsung in no uncertain terms that it was unhappy with the gimmicky apps that Samsung has been loading onto its devices. It feels that Google is trying to consolidate its power over Android by subtly reigning in the platform's major manufacturers. The Silver Certification program is one way in which Google is attempting this.

One of the first Android Silver devices is rumored to be an LG handset made exclusively for Sprint

One of the first Android Silver devices is rumored to be an LG handset made exclusively for Sprint


source: @evleaks

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posted on 17 May 2014, 20:36 9

1. fzacek (Posts: 2223; Member since: 26 Jan 2014)


Just, please, don't be exclusive to Sprint...

posted on 19 May 2014, 08:51

31. TheRequiem (Posts: 163; Member since: 23 Mar 2012)


All carriers have exclusives and the fact that Sprint will be the fastest network in the country by and large once they start bringing all that 2.5ghz goodness and small cells, I'll be very happy.

posted on 17 May 2014, 20:37 20

2. jellmoo (Posts: 704; Member since: 31 Oct 2011)


Who in their right mind decides to build a high powered Android device, make it a fresh part of the Android Silver program, and then make it a Sprint exclusive?

posted on 18 May 2014, 07:48 2

24. kanagadeepan (Posts: 724; Member since: 24 Jan 2012)


May be Sprint is the only operator who said OK for almost NIL bloat and Unlockable Bootloader. I have expected T-Mobile too...

posted on 18 May 2014, 11:49 2

26. Suo.Eno (Posts: 238; Member since: 17 Feb 2013)


Well no one sane that's for damn sure if this is true...

posted on 17 May 2014, 20:45 1

3. DigitalJedi_X (banned) (Posts: 202; Member since: 27 Apr 2014)


I'm hoping that either he just had news on that one version so far or that if it is indeed exclusive to Sprint that they'll at least be an unlocked model.

posted on 17 May 2014, 20:49 4

4. ajac09 (Posts: 1367; Member since: 30 Sep 2009)


and next nexus is dead

posted on 17 May 2014, 21:13 3

5. Commentator (Posts: 2495; Member since: 16 Aug 2011)


Where does it say it's a Sprint exclusive?

posted on 17 May 2014, 21:24 7

7. Berzerk000 (Posts: 4109; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)


Nowhere, PA is assuming that because Evleaks only mentioned Sprint as a carrier this device will be available on, all other carriers are excluded. Reasonable, but not likely. Sprint has carried 3 Nexus devices in the past, I wouldn't be surprised if they jumped on the Android Silver program as well. I would assume all Android Silver devices will be on any carrier that is also in on the Android Silver program. I hope Verizon approves of it, or else I won't have any hope for guaranteed and timely updates

posted on 17 May 2014, 21:19 4

6. 0xFFFF (Posts: 3745; Member since: 16 Apr 2014)


So Sprint is paying EVleaks for some favorable press it seems. In reality, the only thing exclusive to Sprint is having the worst LTE service in the US.

posted on 18 May 2014, 14:13 2

28. OldNorseBruin (Posts: 211; Member since: 12 Mar 2013)


Christ, SPRINT barely have a functioning 3G network...

posted on 19 May 2014, 08:53

32. TheRequiem (Posts: 163; Member since: 23 Mar 2012)


You mean their Spark services that have been tested up to 2.6gbps? That's the weakest huh? Wait until it's nationwide and own the speed crown and you'll eat your own words buddy.

posted on 17 May 2014, 21:25 4

8. Adrian38 (Posts: 136; Member since: 05 Nov 2012)


Let's hope not. Would be a shame to have what is probably gonna be a great device on a network with no network...

posted on 17 May 2014, 21:58 2

14. networkdood (Posts: 6326; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)


They are shutting down WiMax next year - the company seems to always be in disarray when it comes to technology, rolling out a new one, before it complete the prior one...the worst network in Central California for coverage...

posted on 18 May 2014, 00:36 1

22. networkdood (Posts: 6326; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)


...it completes....oops

posted on 17 May 2014, 21:26

9. Arte-8800 (banned) (Posts: 4562; Member since: 13 Mar 2014)


Arm17 Cpu are still weaker than the more powerful A15s

Or it looks like there using the A53 underdog of A57

posted on 17 May 2014, 21:34 3

11. Berzerk000 (Posts: 4109; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)


The Snapdragon 810 is using 4 Cortex A57 cores along with 4 Cortex A53 cores.

posted on 17 May 2014, 23:27

16. vincelongman (Posts: 1707; Member since: 10 Feb 2013)


Yep, here's Qualcomn's official specs
http://www.qualcomm.com/snapdragon/processors/810

posted on 17 May 2014, 23:36 2

17. StraightEdgeNexus (Posts: 3617; Member since: 14 Feb 2014)


Cry me a river, power user.

posted on 18 May 2014, 10:23 1

25. refillable (Posts: 677; Member since: 10 Mar 2014)


Rather, 'cook an egg for me, tegra user', hehe...

posted on 18 May 2014, 12:20 1

27. StraightEdgeNexus (Posts: 3617; Member since: 14 Feb 2014)


LOL hot as ever.

posted on 18 May 2014, 21:23

29. Arte-8800 (banned) (Posts: 4562; Member since: 13 Mar 2014)


Rather enjoy the laggy rubbish outdated A9 glorified Snapdragon

posted on 19 May 2014, 04:18 1

30. refillable (Posts: 677; Member since: 10 Mar 2014)


Yes, I'd rather enjoy a 'laggy rubbish outdated A9' rather than something that is technically impossible to be put on a smartphone. I'd game on a GTX 770 though!

posted on 17 May 2014, 21:30 3

10. Berzerk000 (Posts: 4109; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)


I'm excited for the Snapdragon 810. Disappointed because of the regular Cortex A57 CPU, but I can't wait to see the Adreno 430. More than 80% more powerful than the Adreno 330; that's amazing! And it'll finally be able to push those 1440p displays without taking a hit on performance.

posted on 17 May 2014, 21:53

12. networkdood (Posts: 6326; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)


ok, so it is saying "SUCCESSOR to the Nexus 6..."
Sounds like there is going to be a Nexus 6...
But, on Sprint???? Seriously?? YUCK!!

posted on 17 May 2014, 22:10

15. Berzerk000 (Posts: 4109; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)


The Nexus 6 (if it exists) is supposed to be announced around October. If that's true, why would there be a successor to it in February, just 4 months later?

posted on 18 May 2014, 00:24

20. networkdood (Posts: 6326; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)


Well, recently, we were told there would be no Nexus 6. Now, it seems there will be - who knows...just have to stay tuned...meanwhile, I am buying an OPO....

posted on 18 May 2014, 00:41

23. networkdood (Posts: 6326; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)


oh, and it is a program that will be its successor and not so much any specific phone...

posted on 17 May 2014, 21:54 2

13. imkyle (Posts: 1023; Member since: 18 Nov 2010)


Exclusive to Sprint? Yeah that will be a flop.

posted on 19 May 2014, 08:55

33. TheRequiem (Posts: 163; Member since: 23 Mar 2012)


Exclusives are hardly ever flops, so this is a bogus claim. If anything, it'll help then gain customers who want super spec'd phones with no bloat ware.

posted on 17 May 2014, 23:39 1

18. StraightEdgeNexus (Posts: 3617; Member since: 14 Feb 2014)


Keep it simple. Wait till september, if there is not even a single leak, we can assume that Nexus 6 doesnt exist.

posted on 18 May 2014, 00:23 2

19. chrisgmaher (Posts: 11; Member since: 30 Nov 2012)


Love what Sprint is doing! The m8 h/k edition and now this! Paying 35 a month on framily and rocking the note 3. Great service in MN where I'm at.

posted on 18 May 2014, 00:25

21. networkdood (Posts: 6326; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)


Sprint's problem is that many phones released do not get released for their network...but, a Note 3 is nice to have...

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