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Google may stop releasing Nexus devices

May 19, 2014

Nigel Chew

According to the ever reliable @evleaks, Google is about to launch the first so-called Android Silver smartphone in February 2015. More significant however, is that the company is about to cease its Nexus program a lot sooner than expected, as an additional tweet claims that there’ll be “no Nexus 6.”

It has been earlier suggested that Google was to reveal Android Silver as a new standard for premium Android hardware, similar to the current Google Play edition lineup, but with better tie-ins with telcos. It’s hinted that Android Silver would allow Google to have more control over high-end hardware, which is dominated by Samsung, while bringing a Nexus-like software experience to a wider audience.

There are still many question marks with regards to this move, primarily being how it would affect tablets, and what will replace Nexus as a reference device for developers, as well as how this will impact Google’s OEM partnerships.

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Source: Mobile 88 Online (Malaysia)

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