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

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.


source: @evleaks

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33 Comments

1. fzacek

Posts: 2486; Member since: Jan 26, 2014

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

31. TheRequiem

Posts: 245; Member since: Mar 23, 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.

2. jellmoo

Posts: 2628; Member since: Oct 31, 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?

24. kanagadeepan

Posts: 1270; Member since: Jan 24, 2012

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

26. Suo.Eno

Posts: 556; Member since: Feb 17, 2013

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

3. DigitalJedi_X

Posts: 202; Member since: Apr 27, 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.

4. ajac09

Posts: 1482; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

and next nexus is dead

5. Commentator

Posts: 3723; Member since: Aug 16, 2011

Where does it say it's a Sprint exclusive?

7. Berzerk000

Posts: 4275; Member since: Jun 26, 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

6. 0xFFFF

Posts: 3806; Member since: Apr 16, 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.

28. OldNorseBruin

Posts: 235; Member since: Mar 12, 2013

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

32. TheRequiem

Posts: 245; Member since: Mar 23, 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.

8. Adrian38

Posts: 142; Member since: Nov 05, 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...

14. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 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...

22. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

...it completes....oops

9. Arte-8800

Posts: 4562; Member since: Mar 13, 2014

Arm17 Cpu are still weaker than the more powerful A15s Or it looks like there using the A53 underdog of A57

11. Berzerk000

Posts: 4275; Member since: Jun 26, 2011

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

16. vincelongman

Posts: 5728; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

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

17. StraightEdgeNexus

Posts: 3689; Member since: Feb 14, 2014

Cry me a river, power user.

25. refillable

Posts: 1071; Member since: Mar 10, 2014

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

27. StraightEdgeNexus

Posts: 3689; Member since: Feb 14, 2014

LOL hot as ever.

29. Arte-8800

Posts: 4562; Member since: Mar 13, 2014

Rather enjoy the laggy rubbish outdated A9 glorified Snapdragon

30. refillable

Posts: 1071; Member since: Mar 10, 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!

10. Berzerk000

Posts: 4275; Member since: Jun 26, 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.

12. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 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!!

15. Berzerk000

Posts: 4275; Member since: Jun 26, 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?

20. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 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....

23. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

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

13. imkyle

Posts: 1115; Member since: Nov 18, 2010

Exclusive to Sprint? Yeah that will be a flop.

33. TheRequiem

Posts: 245; Member since: Mar 23, 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.

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