Google might not launch a new Nexus smartphone, the Nexus 6, and would instead introduce its Android Silver program. As per the hints given by @evleaks, the company has dropped the plan of launching Nexus 6 and instead is working on Android Silver program which is expected to get launched in February next year. Also Read - PUBG New State receives over 17 million pre-registrations as closed alpha testing ends
Instead of launching its own Nexus series of smartphones, Google is now said to be working on a new “Android Silver” lineup of products, which will be similar to the Google Play Edition smartphones companies like Samsung and HTC already provide. These will be high-end premium phones and Google will set conditions on what apps can be pre-installed as well as providing users with the option of uninstalling third-party pre-installed apps.
Rather than having just online presence, Google would make these devices available at brick and mortar stores apart from pop up kiosks. Google will also help handset vendors market the devices. LG and Motorola are said to be the first brands in the Silver program though some Chinese vendors have shown interest as well.
Google will also set some basic hardware requirements and will enable certain voice search features on these devices. In all, Android Silver looks like a plan to take on Samsung, which has become the largest Android smartphone vendor by a mile and dominates the Android ecosystem.