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The existence of the Android Silver project seems to be gathering support across a number of sources, and is set to replace the Nexus handset program and Google Play editions program with a single, unified Google-controlled program.

Android Silver is fundamentally similar to the Nexus and Google Play edition (GPe) programs; handsets will be made by OEMs, selected by Google, and run a clean, premium version of Android. Google are clearly taking aim at some of the most hated parts of the Android experience: slow updates and ugly customisations. Android Silver promises to bring fast updates to all high-end phones on the programme, remove bloatware, skins and “improvements” from Android, and will feature high-end hardware.

To promote this to OEMs, they will be marketing the devices at Google’s own expense, a change from the GPe program which has seen little publicity, and the Nexus program which is marketed under Google’s own brand. Android Silver will also be open to all manufacturers to enter under their own brand, instead of adopting Google’s Nexus branding.

Fast updates, premium phone, this sounds great, right?  Well maybe not.

Android silver could mean the end for the much-loved Nexus range.  The Nexus range has offered fast updates, developer support, no bloatware and premium hardware for years now, starting with the Nexus One, and through to last year’s Nexus 5. They’ve all been delivered at a competitive price point, and have really set the bar for what an Android device should look like.

This change has been predicted for a little while now, with Eldar Murtazin claiming as much since January this year:

This latest news about Android Silver, considered with the predicted demise of the Google Play editions program, and the arrival of a giant chrome (or silver?) Android at Google’s Mountain View offices all point towards a grain of truth. Let’s see what eventuates.

This piece was written by Elliot Kotis at the invitation of Ausdroid. 

Source: The Information.
Via: The Verge.
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    jdt1986
    jdt1986
    6 years ago

    I REALLY hope this isn’t true. The main reason I personally love the Nexus line is due to the price: You get a near-premium, pure Android experience for a great price. I won’t be buying a ‘Silver’ phone if the price is over $500. This news, if it’s true, sucks…

    JohnMac68
    JohnMac68
    6 years ago

    All android phones should be stock, with manufacturers only adding skins and extra apps as downloaded but user removable. The same with carrier apps. Then the stock Android can be updated across all handset faster. If any of the software isn’t performing well it can be removed until it does, including returning to the previous OS.

    Montalbert_Scott
    Montalbert_Scott
    6 years ago

    not going to happen. nexus lives!

    Andrew
    6 years ago

    If this does happen then I hope that someone will keep up the level of hardware and support that the Nexus line currently has, at the moment the OnePlus One seems like the closest.

    collardgreens
    collardgreens
    6 years ago

    Once again ausdroid slow to the party. I already read an article on android silver yesterday

    Chris
    Reply to  collardgreens
    6 years ago

    Actual news gets published ahead of rumours like this.

    Joshua Hill
    Joshua Hill
    Reply to  collardgreens
    6 years ago

    Sometimes they’re first to the party. That’s the nature of news!