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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

source: @evleaks

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