Report: Android Silver Program Placed on Hold

Android Silver, Google’s rumored high-end device brand that would bring pure Google experiences to the main stream and in carrier stores, has been put on hold, according to The Information. With the departure of Nikesh Arora from Google, one of the program’s leads, the future of Android Silver is in doubt, especially with Google now pushing Android One across the globe.  (more…)

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

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.  (more…)

Video: HTC One (M8) in Amber Gold, Gunmetal, and Silver

Since we happen to have all three colors of the HTC One (M8) in house at the moment, we thought, “Why not do a beauty shot video?” After all, this phone is – at least in our opinion – one of the most beautifully designed in recent memory. The all-metal unibody construction that is highlighted by clean accent lines, looks like smartphone luxury. Sure, it might be way too tall, but there is no arguing against the premium feel of it in hand.  (more…)

GRAIN OF SALT: Rumors Suggest Nexus Program is Dying in 2015, Lenovo Gets to Make One of the Last

If you read tech sites outside of this one, there is a chance you read the rumor from earlier in the week from industry player Eldar Murtazin, which suggested that Google is going to kill off its Nexus program some time in 2015 and replace it with its Google Play Edition line, though that name may change by the time this all unfolds. Clearly, we ignored the hell out of this rumor. Because well, it’s just a giant one-line rumor on Twitter with nothing to back it. To add to the plot, though, Murtazin returned shortly after the Lenovo-Motorola deal was announced to suggest that Lenovo will make one of the last Nexus devices ever.

So what do we think? Seeing as 2014 just started, Google just released the Nexus 5 (a device that helped carry LG’s last quarter), and all sorts of new Google Play Edition devices are available, I couldn’t tell you. My initial reaction is to not worry about it at this point.  (more…)