Android Silver may arrive in February 2015; Nexus 6 may be dead

Rumors about Android Silver have been going around the last few months but now, thanks to infamous leaker @evleaks, we have an actual launch date for the program.

According to this leak, the Android Silver program and devices will become public somewhere in February 2015. This is in line with earlier rumors that pegged a release for early next year.

Android Silver is Google’s step forward after abandoning its Nexus program. Silver means Android OEMs will get to design and market a phone to Google’s specifications, with the search company handling marketing and exposure for the devices.

Google is also committing to OTA updates that will always arrive on time, lack bloatware, and maintain a pure Google experience on all Silver devices. It’s basically taking the best aspects of the Nexus program and allowing more OEMs to join the party. All the while, Google maintains a strong grip on Android’s image and experience.

The timing of this program also hints at the very real possibility that we won't see a Nexus 6 device -- a possibility that @evleaks eluded to earlier, saying the Nexus program is dead.  If Silver is indeed implemented, OEMs will need time to prepare new devices so the Nexus 6 may be completely scrapped. Instead of a new device coming out late this year we might see a fleet of device launching in February of 2015. Then again, this isn't definitive proof of that timetable so we may still see a Nexus 6 being launched later this year, as a filler until the new program comes into effect. 

One thing is certain though, with Silver Google is becoming even more involved in Android, and this may spell a better experience for consumers -- but also less flexibility for OEMs. 2015 may define what will be deemed “true Android,” which will be Google’s singular vision.

Source: @evleaks | Image via Techspot

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Why does everyone say Nexus 6? The number after the word nexus indicates the screen size not the iteration of it. I dont think they are going to do a 6 inch phone.

Evleaks is far from concrete proof. They've been wrong several times regarding Nexus claims so take this with a heavy dose of salt.

Personally I could see the Silver programme taking over the Google Play Edition handsets with the Nexus line remaining intact. However that's purely speculation on my part.

I personally would've rather seen them expand on the Nexus line by providing maybe smaller and/or bigger versions but keeping the overall design and experience similar. I don't really see how different this is than what we have now except they want tighter grip on the OS (ala Windows Phone)...

Richio said,
I feel like this is a step back for them. Nexus is doing so well, they should just carry on with what works

Nexus has just 1 phone per year so far. Some people want bigger phones, some want smaller, some are willing to pay more for more speed and some aren't.

Silver seems to just be the new name for GPE phones. It offers more options which is good.

It'll be a shame to no longer have a nearly flagship level phone for $350 but the thing is $350 phones are getting pretty damn good anyways.

The prices of ALL flagship devices will come down now. The OnePlus will make people think twice about 650-euro-devices. The Nexus line never really arrived in the public consciousness; they were for tinkerers and types who didn't want the same phone as everybody else.

dancress said,
The prices of ALL flagship devices will come down now. The OnePlus will make people think twice about 650-euro-devices. The Nexus line never really arrived in the public consciousness; they were for tinkerers and types who didn't want the same phone as everybody else.

I don't think I'd agree. In my college, alone in my class, there are 4 nexus users. Maybe more than the usual but still in public knowledge.
Why don't they just rebrand to silver, keep the price down but allow customizability like one can do with oneplus one - its back covers etc

Or just release phone bloks already