Rumors around the grapevine suggest that Google wants to stop offering Nexus devices at some point. It became more of a fact and less of a rumor according to a report in The Information. While some may mourn the loss of the Nexus family, those who wished that the Nexus devices would be stronger will be quite glad as the rumor would suggest the new line-up will be formed of high-end devices and will bear the name of Android Silver.
The aim of Android Silver is to further expand the influence of Google within the Android Ecosystem. Its plan includes offering devices with no third-party bloatware, as well as providing timely OS updates in a fashion similar to Apple‘s. The latter thing involves pushing the updates to all devices on the same day.
As the report would state, the upcoming smartphones and tablets from the Android Silver family will adhere closely to the guidelines and specifications provided by Google. The tech giant is tipped to subsidize both the development and marketing costs for its hardware partners. There’s also a rumored number that Google would have to spend to get the platform off the ground, and that number is said to be around 1 billion dollars.
Make no mistake, this will be a collective effort between Google and a partner, and as far as tech-partners go, so far we only know that LG and Motorola are pointed as the most likely candidates to manufacture these Android Silver devices. Perhaps, later on, companies like Samsung, HTC and Sony will also join the fray and lend a hand with these.
As a model range, the Android Silver is said to compete against the Apple iPhone, with one of its aims also being to put a check on Samsung’s expanding influence as the leading manufacturer of Android devices.