According to a handful of new reports, it appears that Google is discontinuing a plan dubbed Android Silver that would have created a line of devices that featured a pure and unaltered version of Android, with the Android brand--and not the brand of the phone's manufacturer--front and center. Instead, now it appears Google is moving forward with efforts to combine its Android operating system for smartphones with its Chrome operating system for laptops.
The Nexus 6 may be the first taste app developers get of Android Lollipop, but some of the social reaction so far has been a little on the sour side.
Google will release a 5.9-inch phablet later this month designed by Motorola Mobility as its latest Nexus smartphone, according to a Wall Street Journal report.
The head of Google's Nexus device program said that the company is not discontinuing its Nexus program, and said instead the company is planning to release a new Nexus device when it releases its new Android L operating system this fall.
The sprawling, sometimes chaotic and mostly software-focused nature of Google's I/O keynote yesterday was a clear refection of the search giant's current and future strategy. Importantly, Google's I/O keynote showed that the company plans to build only the software layer for the next generation of consumer and enterprise services, not the hardware. And that's what sets the company apart from its closest rivals, Apple and Microsoft.
HTC is reportedly preparing a tablet with an 8.9-inch screen that is scheduled to be released in the fourth quarter through Google's Nexus device program. According to a report from Android Police, the device will be powered by Nvidia's Tegra K1 processor, will sell in Wi-Fi-only and LTE versions, and will be called the Nexus 9.
Google plans to scrap its four-year-old Nexus Android device program in favor of a program called "Android Silver" aimed at delivering high-end smartphones attuned to Google's specifications to better compete with Apple's iPhones in the premium smartphone segment, according to a report from The Information.
Google unveiled its Nexus 5 Android smartphone, built by LG, which Google will sell unlocked starting at $349 for the 16 GB model. Google said the LTE-capable phone will be sold by Sprint, T-Mobile US and AT&T Mobility, according to reports, but that the phone will not work on Verizon Wireless' network.
LG Electronics announced a white version of its Nexus 4 smartphone, the phone it built for Google's "Nexus" program, but an LG executive said the company is not currently working with Google on another Nexus-branded gadget.
Google CEO Larry Page said the company is continuously working to keep all of its Android hardware partners happy, and that the search giant will continue to innovate around its mobile platform. However, Page stopped short of saying that the company will produce a Nexus-branded device through Motorola Mobility, the Android OEM it acquired earlier this year.