[Rumor] Google May Scrap Android Silver for Nexus 6; Plus Nexus 5 May Live On

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    Here's a great follow-up story to the one we posted yesterday regarding the rumored Motorola Nexus 6. First, there is supposedly insider intel which supports the idea that Google considered this Motorola Nexus 6 as soon as they sold Motorola to Lenovo.

    In fact, according to "people with knowledge of the matter" selling Moto to Lenovo was a huge boon for Google, especially to create a Motorola Nexus device. Google reportedly relishes the idea of pairing some of the core technologies found in Android L with the Active Display and Touchless control tech found in the Moto X.

    Additionally, it appears that Google may have ditched their Android Silver plans altogether in favor of this newly refreshed Nexus program. Apparently, the fact that Google’s Chief Business Officer Nikesh Arora (the man who spear-headed Android Silver) has left the company was also a big determining factor in this decision.

    Supposedly, Arora and several of the folks on his team had envisioned Android Silver as a replacement for the Nexus and GPe program. Now that he is gone and Motorola is no longer owned by Google, there's nothing stopping a resurgence in the Nexus line instead of shifting gears to the Android Silver program.

    Along with this report comes industry speculation that might excite you. Several pundits have pointed out that it is entirely likely Google plans to keep the Nexus 5 along with this new Nexus 6. There's no reason they can't simply do a refresh each year with slightly improved specs to keep up with the advances in technology. This would go against Google's previous procedure of having only one new Nexus smartphone at a time, but the 5.9-inch size of the Moto Nexus 6 could drop it into its own "phablet" category altogether.

    This basically means that Shamu probably does not herald the end of the 5-inch form factor. If all of this proves to be true, then we will have the Nexus 5, the Nexus 6, the Nexus 9 and maybe the Nexus 10 if they continue that tablet too.

    In many ways this makes much more sense than creating an entirely new branding called Android Silver. The Nexus name is already a well established Google brand. Why fix it if it aint broke?

    Finally, there's one other exciting thing about all of this speculation. If Shamu turns out to be true, and Google starts working with Motorola/Lenovo on Nexus products, it could position the new Motorola as the leading global challenger to Samsung and LG in the Android arena.

    Source: TheInformation
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    HAH, that is exactly what I said here http://www.droidforums.net/index.php?posts/2543574
    I truly think silver was just internal idea to revamp the nexus program from just one device a year to becoming a yearly release of multiple devices that is open to all OEMS as long as they are willing to meet set requirements.

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    I really like the idea of a refreshed Nexus 5(inch). That could be my next phone.
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