If you're an Android user, then you had much to be happy about
Just a few weeks after
gave the world a glimpse
of where iOS and Mac OS X were headed this year,
) fired back with an in-depth sneak peek at the upcoming version of
Android, as well as an eyeful of new wearables and its follow-up to
Chromecast, Android TV. While the tweaks and feature updates are
already winning praise from users who installed the developer
preview of Android L -- and both Android TV and the Moto 360
smartwatch look very promising -- there was a bit of unspoken
sadness that hung in the air at this year's Google I/O event.
For hardcore Android fans who want nothing but the purest Google
experience, recent word that the Nexus line of phones and tablets
would be discontinued hung heavy in the hearts of attendees.
Two months ago,
that Google would soon cease production of Nexus devices, a product
line which promises to run the latest version of Android unsullied
by manufacturer skins and a glut of bloatware. And without the
lengthy delays those wholly unwanted additions produce, Nexus
devices are usually the ones to receive the OS updates first --
) managed to botch that assurance, saddling the
(OTCMKTS:SSNLF) Galaxy Nexus with flagrant delays to OTA updates.
In the absence of Nexus devices, Google is said to introduce a
program dubbed Android Silver, which purportedly aims to launch
Nexus-like versions of the latest flagship devices (i.e. a Samsung
Galaxy S5 without any manufacturer skin and little to no
alterations to the OS) and would promote these devices to carriers
and other retailers. As a bonus: Android Silver wouldn't be limited
to just one manufacturer like the annual Nexus releases.
Although Android Silver looked to be an adequate replacement, there
was just something about knowing that a new Nexus phone and tablet
would always see an annual release that comforted users. Well, it
now appears that the Nexus line isn't going anywhere for the time
In an interview with ReadWrite this week
, Dave Burke, Google's Head of Android Engineering and the Nexus
program, flat-out denied that the company has any plans to
discontinue the fan-favorite line.
"We are still invested in Nexus," Burke said. Referencing the
Android Silver program, he added, "People have been commenting
about Nexus because there is something else and they think that
means the end of Nexus. That is the totally wrong conclusion to
Burke explained the inherent "statement of purity" the Nexus line
exemplifies is essential to the development of Android at the
coding level. "There is no way you can build the open source code
without the phone or tablet or whatever you are building. You have
to live and breathe the code you are developing."
He concluded, "I don't see why we would ever turn away from that,
it wouldn't make sense."
Although Burke didn't go into detail about the Silver program,
Michael Crider at Android Police
that "Silver is definitely real, and definitely exists at Google in
some form." Adding, "Exactly what it will be when, and if, it
debuts at retailers is still up in the air."
This news certainly comes to a relief to the most dedicated Android
fans and hopefully signals to manufacturers and carriers that there
is still a very strong demand for devices that are not only updated
promptly but also run the software exactly as Google intended.