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Report: No Nexus 6, Android Silver is Coming in February With LG Leading the Charge

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According to @evleaks, the Nexus program is essentially dead. According to information he has seen, there will be no Nexus 6. Instead, the rumored Android Silver program will become the future from Google, with arrival of the first devices happening in February of next year. One of the initial launch devices may be from LG as a device running a Qualcomm MSM8994, which is a next-level Snapdragon 810 with 64-bit architecture.

This isn’t the first time that we have heard about the end of the Nexus program as we know it – a report at the end of April said the same thing. That report mentioned that the Nexus line was indeed being killed off in favor of Android Silver, a program made up of high-end Android phones that have been hand-picked and heavily funded by Google, though still built by top tier manufacturers. LG and Motorola are thought to be some of the first to participate. 

Google will apparently take Android Silver into carrier stores, something that hasn’t happened with the Nexus program. They may also pay for heavy marketing and development costs to get the program up and running. Android Silver devices will run near-stock Android, receive updates in a hurry, and become the premium line of Android devices.

The whole program sounds a lot like Google Play Edition phones, but with more backing and promotion from Google.

I can’t help but admit that I’m disappointed by this news. I have been in this game since the birth of the Nexus line, so to think that it will no longer be around is quite saddening. Year after year, the Nexus phones continue to rank high in our lists. Let’s hope Android Silver can somehow manage to bring the same high-end package of technology with Google’s vision of Android at an amazingly reasonable price.


Via:  @evleaks [2] [3]
  • nori

    Well, I used to buy Nexus-Phones due to their good HW-package combined with early access to Android-updates, combined with AFFORDABLE PRICING.
    If Google decides to join Apples high-price-strategy (a strategy which cost them enormous market shares in the last years), they will loose a lot of customers (me being one of them).

    Well, there’s always Samsung, LG or Sony, which offer nice mid-range-phones so Googles apparent new strategy will promote their sales. Fine with me.

    • jalyst

      It seems don’t get how the new program’s meant to work, there’s actually more to it than what you seem to understand/appreciate.
      I’d recommend doing some more Googling –> reading-up on the full action plan…

  • Anthony Johnson

    It is quite interesting to know that Google may assign the task to manufacture its silver series Smartphone under LG. LG has great history of manufacturing the best ever Nexus device. Even I also have LG made Nexus 5 and could say that it is the best Smartphone at an affordable price. Although due to continuous use the battery of Nexus 5 get drained soon but not an issue as I recently installed qi car charger in order to keep the device fully charged while driving on expressways, highways or across countryside.

  • Raze SnowbunnyPlowking Norris

    Yeah, this seems like Google’s way of appeasing all of their manufacturers instead of alienating and competing against them with the Nexus line. Definitely one step closer to closing the Android Fragmentation gap, but still a crock unless Google somehow can contractually obligate these manufactures to continue supporting the devices for longer than 1 calendar year.*cough-HTC-cough*

  • nooo…what about the nexus 8? or new nexus7? those rumors true?…i need a new tablet!

  • TC Infantino

    “Let’s hope Android Silver can somehow manage to bring the same high-end package of technology with Google’s vision of Android at an amazingly reasonable price.”
    It will be all of that except the “amazingly reasonable price” most likely. If they are sold through carrier stores, they will probably be piced like the GPE phones currently offered.

  • creed

    If they wilhave phones that work on Verizons network, I’m all for it.

  • ugh… horrible. One of the reasons I loved my Nexus phones were that I could get one for $300~$400. Now it sounds like newish phones will be $600 like all the other thieves. They don’t need that much damn margin on their products.

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  • Jim Foskett

    Terrible if true. I’m finally with a carrier that will offer a nexus phone, get a Nexus 5 and they kill off the line? Major bummer. If they keep a modest price point I’ll probably follow along. I just hate that “mostly stock” bit. Rather it be completely stock. Hate the extra crap the manufacturers and carriers pile on.

    • A.Miller

      I’m in the same boat. Felt great to ditch VZW and go ATT and save some money, plus get me and my wife Nexus 5’s. My plan was to able to get the new Nexus each year at a cost less than what it would have normally cost for a carrier phone.


  • what about the next best android tab by HTC – nexus 8.
    that is also rumor. ?

  • Bradleydanielelliot

    nice touch set!

  • Ben Edwards

    Wow, there are so many people complaining in the comments when you know literally nothing about the program, or the cost of the devices involved. Why don’t you all shut your traps until proper details have been announced, and then you can decide whether it’s a bad move or not? You sound like a bunch of pathetic fanboys.

  • Mvasquez

    What I’m wondering about if the fact that the nexus line of phones has always steered android in the way that Google wants it to go. For example when they wanted to stop using SD cards with Android their nexus phone was the first and did not allow a SD card slot.. When they wanted android to move to on screen keys the nexus is the first to do so.. So what about all these other phones that have parts that Google is trying to steer away from? I feel like the nexus phones are still needed because of this and am not buying into this until it’s confirmed

    • Ben Edwards

      There’s nothing to say Google won’t a) have a flag ship phone in the silver range or b) mandate certain things for the OEMs to meet silver requirements. No point complaining or worrying until official details are released about the program.

  • Both budget and high end handsets coming. Take your pick.

  • shooter50

    The Nexus line was a compromise. Great price, less than top tier phones. Personally, I’m glad they are gone. I’m happy to pay for a real TOP tier Google device

  • Santiago Hinojosa

    I think Google can still make a Nexus phone each year and release Android Silver phones. I don’t see why completely killing the Nexus line.

  • WallBreaker

    Its only a Rumor People, take a chill pill.

    • Matt G

      Coming from the person who put lies in all caps with a bunch of exclamation points in a post right below this

  • WallBreaker


    1. Silver Devices are “Near Stock” not pure stock as reported. Android Silver is an addition not a replacement.

    2. I won’t believe it until its Officially announced from Google’s Mouth themselves that the Nexus line is dying.

    3. The last 2 weeks has been nothing but Tech News Sites using this whole Nexus dying as click bait, when there is ZERO proof.

    4. The Nexus Line is a platform for Google to showcase the latest version of Android, they would be losing the only device that ships with Pure Stock.

    5. Developers Use these Devices and are 1/2 the Price of Developer edition devices.

    I refuse to believe this is true, use your brains people, don’t believe everything you read on the web.



      nerds are so senstive

  • Liderc

    There’s just no way this is true. The Nexus 5 was a brilliant device and it actually sold decent units compared to previous units.

    I swear if they kill the Nexus program I’m gonna buy 10 Nexus 5’s and just replace mine each time they die on me. If it had a better camera it would be the best thing ever. well maybe a bigger battery too.


      decent is sometimes not enough. and why should people be stuck on the nexus 5 for years. change it up.

      your money, but kind of sad you are that much invested in a stupid little program

  • Anthony Dunlap

    If I’m not mistaken, the Nexus A was sold in carrier stores and so was the Galaxy Nexus and, I bought my Nexus 5 from T-Mobile. So that statement is wrong.

    Secondly, Google will be shooting themselves in the foot if they sell Silver at a higher price. I personally wouldn’t buy one and know quite a few fans that won’t either. OnePlus and other Chinese manufactures will be getting a lot of business.

    • Matt G

      You are completely missing the point behind this program. First of all your talking about how Nexus phones are sold at carrier stores first of all. Yes some do sell them in store but most do not including Americas largest carrier which doesn’t sell them at all. Secondly you talked about the price point. Most Americans do not even realize what buying a phone off contract means. If they have chance to buy a $200 phone on contract and $349 phone off contract they will choose option 1 every time to save the money there. You need to stop thinking as a tech person like we are and get in the mind of an average consumer. This is a good idea


      maybe they will aimed at more then just nerds

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  • TechGeek

    Maybe android silver prove to be better than nexus!!


  • Daeshaun Griffiths

    If the phones aren’t cheap, google will make it worth it. I hope all of the devices are 1 solid price across the board, maybe with a standard deviation of ~$50. To hell with nexus, if i want a cheap phone with top tier specs, i’ll get a 1+ or whatever blu comes out with.Its a good business move. It makes sense to me. I’m embracing it.

  • StankyChikin

    They will be $500-$700 with Google experience software.. I can see everyone keeping their hopes up that this will be cheap like they did with the Moto X and then hate it because it isn’t the price point that they thought it would be.

  • Louis Smith

    Time for a Change.


      agreed. these nexus fans need to get a grip on reality

  • Marko Šaric

    If nothing else (apart from stock android) on these new phones, I would appreciate the all black, NO BRANDING ON THE FRONT OF THE PHONE nexus approach. That is all.

  • Madhav

    The whole point of nexus was brilliant phones at an affordable price line. This just defeats the purpose. I understand the business thinking with competing with Samsung but they just sort of gave up on a market which everyone was starting to adopt to after phones like oneplus one were announced. And here I was waiting to pre order a nexus 6.

  • Honestly. Meh. Ever since my Galaxy Nexus, I haven’t wanted another nexus. They cut too many corners. I want the best of the best and I’m willing to pay for it especially since… I’m on Verizon. If that were to change then price would be more important. I think this is a step in the right direction for sure. Near stock is crucial though.

    Why have one nexus anyway… Never understood that. Woulda been great to see what HTC or done. could have done

  • Dave

    I will hold on to my nexus 5 FOREVER! And 7 if this includes tablets which would be hard to believe

    • Liderc

      I know, I’m going to just buy a couple more Nexus 5’s and just replace my N5 with another one when/if it ever breaks.

      Wish the camera/battery were better, but no one can beat this design. Completely black front is just too good to give up.

      Not to mention if this 5.5” screen bullshiz continues then I don’t want a new phone, 5” is all I can handle (that’s what she said.).

  • Matt G

    Nexus devices were basically a prep for Android Silver. You saw multiple company’s make Nexus’s basically as there test run for this. Well I hate the possibility that the price on these devices could go way up, I am extremely happy about the possibilities this opens. It will allow more people to experience stock android. It will allow people to get updates in a timely fashion. Lastly it will more than likely allow stock android for the nations leading carrier in Verizon.

  • evltwn

    What does this mean for the tablets? Maybe they will still carry on the Nexus name. I hope so.

  • I’d actually be interested in a high end Google phone. That low budget Nexus crap they’ve been promoting for the past couple of years hasn’t caught my attention.

    • Matthew Rebmann

      May not have caught your attention but I hardly think “crap” even close to describes the Nexus 4 and 5.

      • Why cut corners when u can perfect them and price it for $100 more… Or at least give me that option!

        • Liderc

          Every phone is lacking something. The iPhone is a high end device but it’s software is limiting and the screen size is too small.

          The Galaxy S5 is too big and plastic feeling, but has a great screen and battery, but hideous software.

          LG…well they keep trying but they keep falling short too. The Flex is totally the wrong direction.

          HTC is the king of cutting corners and sacrificing. The size of the M8 is ridiculous and unusable as a phone, plus the camera is bad.

          The Nexus 5 has an amazing design, but its camera is mediocre at best and it could use a bigger battery but it has stock android which is perfect. Allows the user to add what they want to add.

          None of them are perfect, if I could get a N5 with the iphone’s camera and a Moto battery I’d be in heaven.

          • Right so with silver we get even more options to quench our never ending thirst of the perfect phone. Can’t hurt?

          • Liderc

            Just depends if they change too much. I don’t mind paying more at all to get the perfect phone, but no company has ever been able to make a perfect phone. Not sure why, doesn’t seem like it’s that hard to make a phone with a 1080p screen, iphone quality camera, stock android and Maxx battery with HTC/iPhone quality materials.

          • Yeah I can’t understand why they can’t either but I’m glad we get a choice. My biggest concern is hackability because I need my custom ROMs!!!

          • Ben Edwards

            So much wrong with your argument.
            – Size is relative, what you find too big or too small others find perfect – it’s never a stable point for an argument.
            – The LG G2 was a success by all means, I know several people who have traded their iPhone or Galaxy S phone for the G2 and haven’t looked back – I wouldn’t say LG are falling short at all.

            – I’ve recently picked up an M8 after getting fed up with the absolutely absymal battery life of my Nexus 5; the device is taller, yes but by no means unusable (it’s literally a speaker taller) and the camera is miles better than the Nexus 5 camera. Lol.
            – The Nexus 5 is great for what it is, but it is by no means the pinnacle of smartphone design or achievement. Stock Android, again, is a user preference. Just because you like it doesn’t mean someone else will.

            Android is all about choice, but so many people seem set in this notion that every phone should absolutely come with stock Android, or this size camera or battery, or have removable storage etc. With that kind of mindset, you’re not better than Apple and their walled garden approach. Don’t be so narrow minded and hypocritical.

          • ChrisNacca

            I don’t think that’s quite fair.. all he was suggesting was not every phone is perfect.. which is true.

            I do agree with Android being about choice, and its great that we have so many options too, different strokes for different folks and all that. It will be interesting to see what price point these Silver devices hit… its a huge factor in peoples buying decision … if its in the iPhone price range you might find a lot of people will choose the iPhone due to just being more popular ( kind of stupid, but you know its true )

            Apples marketing too.. especially in the UK is insane.. its pretty much the main phone advert around here.


        For nerds maybe

    • shooter50

      couldnt have said it better

    • Ben Edwards

      The Nexus 4 & 5 were great phones, not high end by any means but they were both very capable – I wouldn’t call them outright crap. I am looking forward to what Silver has to offer though, we should see some real quality devices produced which hopefully come out at a decent price point as well.

  • mickey4mice

    Not sure about I feel about axing Nexus line and replacing it with Silver, I’ve HTC One M7 GPe, but Google play edition devices just aren’t the same. I love my Nexus 5 but since I already made up my mind on getting OnePlus One, so I’m fine with lack of Nexus 6 but I was hoping the program to live on, it is a cool line.