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The Nexus program isn't going away, but Android Silver is in the works

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The Nexus program isn't going away, but Android Silver is in the works
There have been enough rumors about a potential Android Silver program to believe that it is in the works. It would have stock Android devices getting special staging in carrier stores with Google support. The idea of Android Silver has intensified rumors that the Nexus program is going to be killed off, but a Googler is now saying that simply isn't true.

Dave Burke, the head of Android engineering and the Nexus program at Google, spoke to ReadWrite and completely debunked the idea that the Nexus program is disappearing. Burke wouldn't comment on Android Silver, but didn't dismiss the idea either, which seems like an implicit admission that the Silver program is in the works. He said: 

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.

Burke went on to explain that it is actually impossible for Google to build Android without Nexus devices. The two processes happen in tandem - as the Android team writes the software, the hardware team builds the new Nexus devices. Beyond that, the Nexus program is (as we have said often) a way to show where Google thinks the platform should be going both with software and hardware. The Nexus program isn't going anywhere. 

All that said, we should probably expect a wave of new Nexus 6 rumors and speculation to come rushing through. 

source: ReadWrite

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posted on 26 Jun 2014, 20:33 9

1. joey_sfb (Posts: 2883; Member since: 29 Mar 2012)


Good old nexus!

posted on 26 Jun 2014, 20:35 1

2. KickRocks (Posts: 108; Member since: 22 Mar 2011)


Hot Damn!!!

posted on 26 Jun 2014, 20:44 6

3. jellmoo (Posts: 664; Member since: 31 Oct 2011)


That's obviously great news, but I just want to throw this out there: Just because the Nexus line is sticking around, does not necessarily mean it will retain that super low price point.

posted on 26 Jun 2014, 20:51 1

4. joey_sfb (Posts: 2883; Member since: 29 Mar 2012)


They better! Otherwise how would they be able to keep up the image of 'Don't be Evil!'

posted on 26 Jun 2014, 20:55 4

5. chistoefur (Posts: 51; Member since: 05 Nov 2012)


That doesn't seem like a very, Google thing to do. They usually either make something really expensive or inexpensive, and Nexus phones used to cost a lot, so I don't think they'd just go back to making them pricey. Nexus phone's price points are what make them really stand out too, so I don't see them taking away such an appreciated feature of the Nexus line.

posted on 26 Jun 2014, 21:36 5

7. Dr.Phil (Posts: 904; Member since: 14 Feb 2011)


The whole point of the Nexus program is really aimed at developers (with the exception of the Nexus 7 because they do try to really aim that towards the consumer). Yes, the lower price point does entice consumers to want to try out an Android device, but the main reason the price point is so low is so that developers will be able to purchase and use the devices to create more applications which means more revenue for Google. I don't think they will raise the prices because it wouldn't be beneficial for them.

posted on 28 Jun 2014, 20:57

23. jroc74 (Posts: 4720; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)


Exactly.

Ppl have to remember Nexus devices are for app devs, Android dev team first, root n ROM community 2nd.

posted on 26 Jun 2014, 21:12 3

6. StraightEdgeNexus (Posts: 3197; Member since: 14 Feb 2014)


Now thats Good to hear! :)

posted on 26 Jun 2014, 21:47 1

8. Zylam (Posts: 51; Member since: 20 Oct 2010)


Ahhhhh man best news ever, I was starting to get worried. Nexus!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

posted on 26 Jun 2014, 21:53 1

9. DocOc (Posts: 82; Member since: 23 Apr 2014)


If the Nexus team is building the software and hardware together, that would mean we should see the next Nexus phone this Fall when "L" is finalized. Can't wait to see what awesomeness they come up with!!

posted on 26 Jun 2014, 21:59 1

10. Commentator (Posts: 2387; Member since: 16 Aug 2011)


Hopefully the next Nexus tablet too, but I hope they take their time and get everything right. Plus, the later in the year, the more powerful the specs are likely to be. I'll be picking up one of each when the time does come.

posted on 26 Jun 2014, 22:57 4

11. AfterShock (Posts: 2798; Member since: 02 Nov 2012)


Loving this Dev preview, thanks Google. Keep the nexus alive.

posted on 27 Jun 2014, 00:17

13. StraightEdgeNexus (Posts: 3197; Member since: 14 Feb 2014)


Is it stable? I wanna try it :)

posted on 27 Jun 2014, 00:22 2

14. AfterShock (Posts: 2798; Member since: 02 Nov 2012)


Stable as far as I have seen, though, root is somewhat elusive.
It's snappy and pretty kool.
Notification shade is sweet, overall loving it.
Haven't decided if a daily driver yet though.

posted on 27 Jun 2014, 01:24 1

17. chistoefur (Posts: 51; Member since: 05 Nov 2012)


I've been using it for maybe 14 hours now on my Nexus 5, and it's been pretty good to me. I get some random slowdowns and stutters, but that's expected in such early software.
I can't quite decide if I want to keep it as a daily driver either, I mean I really want to cuz it's soooo nice lol but it is a tad buggy, but not too bad. I just don't want to set everything back up again.

posted on 27 Jun 2014, 01:50

18. StraightEdgeNexus (Posts: 3197; Member since: 14 Feb 2014)


Thanx, downloading the images.

posted on 27 Jun 2014, 02:28

19. uchihakurtz (Posts: 240; Member since: 12 Nov 2012)


It's stable in my Nexus 7 2013, hell I can even play PSX game just fine, but there's no Gallery app.

posted on 26 Jun 2014, 23:53

12. oueighteen95 (Posts: 24; Member since: 20 Dec 2011)


Just thinking but hopefully I'm wrong, if they put Nexus or Silver phones in carrier stores, wouldn't that mean you would get the new Nexus for 199 on contract or pay the 600-700 off contract price? If so, what would be the point, the Nexus is an amazing phone for its price but if you put it at $600, you could just go with a phone from Samsung, LG, etc. You get better specs for around the same price. although you do have to deal with bloated versions of android and long long wait times for updates. Just a thought.

posted on 27 Jun 2014, 00:40 2

15. amiaq (Posts: 447; Member since: 30 Jun 2012)


Make it at least 32gb, water and dust proof, then you'll get my business.

posted on 27 Jun 2014, 03:03

20. Dingy_cellar_dweller (Posts: 185; Member since: 16 Mar 2013)


Water and dust proof whould be a big carrot for me to get a new Nexus.

posted on 27 Jun 2014, 00:57

16. Qbancelli (Posts: 60; Member since: 11 Mar 2010)


Aleluya!

posted on 27 Jun 2014, 03:35 1

21. .KRATOS. (Posts: 111; Member since: 15 Mar 2013)


I don't mind to see a nexus 6 with a higher price, if they get to cram it with a high end camera, water and dust proof, gd speakers a la htc n the latest cpu, so than it would be awesome, specially with the stock android getting better n better, that would be the killer phone

posted on 27 Jun 2014, 03:39

22. andynaija (Posts: 457; Member since: 08 Sep 2012)


Stereo speakers and maybe a 64GB version too and more color options.

posted on 28 Jun 2014, 20:59

24. jroc74 (Posts: 4720; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)


"Burke went on to explain that it is actually impossible for Google to build Android without Nexus devices."

I said almost the exact same thing when the rumors about Android Silver popped up. I said at most Nexus devices will still be used as dev phones, that maybe Google will go back to the ADP days (Android Developer Phone)

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