Contrary to previous rumors, Google has no plans to kill its Nexus series in favor of Android Silver. In fact, the company has confirmed that it’s working on a new pure Android device and we could see releases for both projects in the future.
First, let’s make things clear – Android Silver isn’t Android One which was announced at the I/O conference yesterday. With the latter project, Google will create reference designs for affordable smartphones and work with OEMs in developing countries to develop these handsets. The former program, on the other hand, will have the search giant paying big bucks to major players to create devices to its specifications.
Google’s head of Android engineering and Nexus program, Dave Burke, told ReadWrite that the company is still investing in Nexus and it plans to announce a new device to go with the release of Android L. He went on to state that as new open source code is being designed, a second team works on a device which can take full advantage of the new features. In short, Nexus isn’t going anywhere, at least not anytime soon.
So there’s still a possibility of seeing a Nexus 6 smartphone, but there’s no concrete information as yet. The first device in the Android Silver platform, however, was leaked last month and will be made by LG. This smartphone was rumored to sport the 64-bit Qualcomm MSM8994 chipset with a release in February. Also, it’s more or less confirmed that Google is preparing to launch the Nexus 8 (or 9) by the end of this year with a 64-bit Tegra K1 SOC and other high-end features.