Android Silver program may be in trouble before it starts

Android Silver program may be in trouble before it starts
We've heard quite a number of rumors about the planned Android Silver program, which has been described as Google's way to get more "pure" Android devices into carrier stores with support directly from Google and without manufacturer custom software. Unfortunately, a new report says the program may be in trouble before it starts.

The Information is claiming that the Android Silver program has already been put "on hold" mainly because of the departure of Google's former Chief Business Officer Nikesh Arora. Arora was said to be the man responsible for making the Android Silver deals with carriers, manufacturers, and retailers, but he left Google for SoftBank back in July. Although, the program may have been in trouble before that, as the report also says that companies had a "mixed reaction" to Google's plans. 

Even employees within Google aren't filled with too much hope for Android Silver. Supposedly, some employees inside Google expressed "serious doubts" that Android Silver could be successful, even if the plan had gone on as expected. It looks like we might not get to see if that idea is right or not though, because Android Silver displays don't appear to be on the way any time soon. 

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36 Comments

1. darkkjedii

Posts: 30966; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Perfect example why it's important to control hardware, and software.

3. Finalflash

Posts: 4063; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

Did you not read or not understand it (totally expect both)? They said that retailers and carriers had mixed reactions. Don't know how having control of hardware and software changes that. It is usually that the carriers (likely the only monopolist a-holes in this equation) don't want Android silver in their stores because they can't bloat the hell out of it. By any chance the consumer likes what they see, they lose out on their bloat sales (which I doubt anyone actually uses).

4. darkkjedii

Posts: 30966; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

See post 1

6. tedkord

Posts: 17311; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

What good is controlling the hardware and software if the carriers won't allow it on their network?

11. darkkjedii

Posts: 30966; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Ask apple, they seem to be doing pretty good at it bro.

12. Awalker

Posts: 1973; Member since: Aug 15, 2013

Apple is in a different boat from all other manufacturers. There are just too many Android phone manufacturers to have the kind of influence Apple has unless they all band together.

15. Finalflash

Posts: 4063; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

Even then, Apple had to take a very long road to their current power trip. They were shafted by verizon on the original iPhone because Apple wouldn't put their logo on it. They then went At&t only and only after punching verizon in the face did they get their foot in that door. Monopolies will be monopolies.

28. Awalker

Posts: 1973; Member since: Aug 15, 2013

Android could potentially have that same power. Right now if Samsung said no bloat or we're walking carriers wouldn't care because they have LG, HTC, Motorola and a host of smaller manufacturers still on board. Also, Android users are not as loyal as iOS users and most have no problem switching to another manufacturer. The only way to stop the bloat is if all the manufacturers threatened to walk.

35. traitortohisownheart

Posts: 16; Member since: Sep 17, 2014

Great point sir, android could be immensely powerful if it was one unified team. That will never happen, greenbacks are way more important than taking a stand against carriers. Unless profits plummeted the risk would be too great for the smaller companies, ie not samsung. The thought is powerful tho. I'll be leaving android for a similar reason, too many different experiences and compatibility. If it was just pure android on every device, OMFG I'd be in love. Don't have time to root and run custom roms and I'll never get a nexus on verizon again. Great thinking tho, now make it happen for me lol

32. reckless562

Posts: 1153; Member since: Sep 09, 2013

THANK YOU!!!!! dark jedii pull stuff out the darkest corners of where the sun dont shine

18. Vexify

Posts: 570; Member since: Jun 16, 2014

LMFAOOO BURNNNNNNN!!!! #thetruthhurts

20. engineer-1701d unregistered

that was a deal setup by att when it first came out no one thought it would make it in the mobile world, meaning a computer company.

34. slh163

Posts: 140; Member since: May 19, 2014

what about nexus !!!

7. Pattyface

Posts: 1658; Member since: Aug 20, 2014

Yeah Dark, it could never be anything Google as they are holier than Christ himself. Don't ever blame Google

9. darkkjedii

Posts: 30966; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Lol exactly.

10. darkkjedii

Posts: 30966; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Good one

21. engineer-1701d unregistered

patty you on xbox one, titanfall?

26. Pattyface

Posts: 1658; Member since: Aug 20, 2014

No titanfall but yes Xbox one every chance I get. Long time Xbox gamer

19. engineer-1701d unregistered

why would a billion $ company stop a world release program because a head of business officer left for sprint and softbank, is he the only person in the company that worked on this no one else hahaha . anyways i dont thick the second leaked article would be true at all its a nexus device made my and and all oems, why would they thick this is not good the nexus software would be the same update to all and the oems would have a few things of there own also in the software. i dont think silver is in any trouble at all. bring in the new blood.

30. Napalm_3nema

Posts: 2236; Member since: Jun 14, 2013

It really isn't the employee, it was the connections and relationships that employee had. Lots of people know each other in this business, but if it isn't an everyday working relationship, getting things done is no easier.

33. reckless562

Posts: 1153; Member since: Sep 09, 2013

no thats NOT why, n u should know better, sinse u unexplanibly also, have a note

2. Pattyface

Posts: 1658; Member since: Aug 20, 2014

Its got to be better than the Google glass situation. I say they still have time to correct this as I find it a good idea. I much prefer pure android to most of the skins

22. engineer-1701d unregistered

the google glass worked fine the military got the contract for the tech with augmented reality in it first units go out or have already gone out to spec ops teams. real nice i watched a 4 your conference on it

5. XPERIA-KNIGHT unregistered

I just want the nexus 6 Google...with android L on it.

8. Pattyface

Posts: 1658; Member since: Aug 20, 2014

I'll take a nexus 6 myself as long as they don't eff up the battery size. I think that's my only reservation. I had a n4 (still one of my favorite designed phones) but the battery was terrible.

13. XPERIA-KNIGHT unregistered

Updates didn't help?

16. Pattyface

Posts: 1658; Member since: Aug 20, 2014

Honestly I didn't think it helped all that much, still loved it then. I have a opo now but more than likely trying the note 4 if Sammy ever starts rolling out pricing and release dates

25. engineer-1701d unregistered

pre order for the note 4 starts oct first week i think uk is oct 13 so i think us is first week if not the same.

27. Pattyface

Posts: 1658; Member since: Aug 20, 2014

I'm biting at the bit for a note 4.. Im wanting it so I can do away with my work surface pro. I want less packing around when I have meetings or visit customers

29. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

Note 4 may be able to do it, but my note 3 in no way could replace my windows 8.1 tablet for work. Doesn't have the size, horsepower, or ability by anymeans. Being reserved on the note 4 myself, seen it here at work a few times and it is nice, I just don't know if it is trade in my note 3 nice since my 4th one finally is working right.

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