We’ve heard much about Android Silver over the last few months, but according to a new new report from Pay-Walled site – The Information – the program could be dead before Google even announces it.
According to the site, the rumoured program which would have seen premium Android handsets released running Android as Google intended (think GPe writ large), has been put ‘on hold’. The reason for the program being on-hold has been attributed to the departure of ex-Google Chief Business Officer, Nikesh Arora, who was the driving force behind the Android Silver program. Arora left Google earlier this year to join SoftBank as Vice Chairman as well as CEO of SoftBank Internet and Media and apparently the Android Silver program has not fared well since, with many employees having ‘serious doubts’ that Android Silver will be released.
We’ve never had access to Google Play edition devices here in Australia, but the Android Silver program was rumoured to hit our shores through carriers like Telstra. We’ve previously expressed doubt as to the validity of the Nexus program being killed off in favour of the Android Silver program, but having the two lines running side-by-side would have been a win for everybody. Still you can look forward to a Nexus 6/Nexus X sometime in the future.