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

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: 


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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24 Comments

1. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

Good old nexus!

2. KickRocks

Posts: 260; Member since: Mar 22, 2011

Hot Damn!!!

3. jellmoo

Posts: 2525; Member since: Oct 31, 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.

4. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

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

5. chistoefur

Posts: 103; Member since: Nov 05, 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.

7. Dr.Phil

Posts: 2225; Member since: Feb 14, 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.

23. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

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

6. StraightEdgeNexus

Posts: 3689; Member since: Feb 14, 2014

Now thats Good to hear! :)

8. Zylam

Posts: 1766; Member since: Oct 20, 2010

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

9. DocOc

Posts: 143; Member since: Apr 23, 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!!

10. Commentator

Posts: 3722; Member since: Aug 16, 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.

11. AfterShock

Posts: 4146; Member since: Nov 02, 2012

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

13. StraightEdgeNexus

Posts: 3689; Member since: Feb 14, 2014

Is it stable? I wanna try it :)

14. AfterShock

Posts: 4146; Member since: Nov 02, 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.

17. chistoefur

Posts: 103; Member since: Nov 05, 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.

18. StraightEdgeNexus

Posts: 3689; Member since: Feb 14, 2014

Thanx, downloading the images.

19. uchihakurtz

Posts: 427; Member since: Nov 12, 2012

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

12. oueighteen95

Posts: 26; Member since: Dec 20, 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.

15. amiaq

Posts: 509; Member since: Jun 30, 2012

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

20. Dingy_cellar_dweller

Posts: 339; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

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

16. Qbancelli

Posts: 75; Member since: Mar 11, 2010

Aleluya!

21. .KRATOS.

Posts: 436; Member since: Mar 15, 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

22. andynaija

Posts: 1241; Member since: Sep 08, 2012

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

24. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 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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