Android Silver Reportedly Shelved

What are your thoughts on Android Silver?

Reports making their way online from Google are suggesting that the company has put Android Silver on hold after hitting multiple issues with the project in recent months.

Android Silver was first mentioned in April by the guys and girls at Google, claiming that it would be the next line of high-end Android phones.

The company then poured a reported $1bn into the start-up project to get it off the ground, with rumours of the Google Nexus 6 being the first handset to come off the Silver conveyor belt.

The Nexus 6 was supposed to be the first Android Silver device.

Android Silver Issues?

However, problems have apparently hit the plans, with Google’s very own Chief Business Officer’s departure taking a heavy toll on the project.

This has apparently led to Google putting the idea on hold indefinitely, until the company has thought up a new way to implement the brand effectively.

It isn’t all bad news for Android however, with Google’s Android One project, which has targeted India with lower end devices going ahead as planned.

Android One is looking like it could be a huge success, tapping the potential of one of the biggest mobile markets with one of the most popular operating systems on the planet at a low cost.

With Google seemingly focusing most of its efforts on the Android One project amongst other things, there has been no word on when we could see a revival of Android Silver.

In fact, many fans have already lost hope of ever seeing the moniker grace a smartphone chassis, as Google could well end up cancelling the project for good.

The service was originally planned to feature a stock Google interface and frequent updates, something the current Android user base doesn’t receive all too often.

What does the future hold for the Nexus smartphone line-up?

What About the Nexus 6?

This doesn’t give us that much scope on the chances of the next Google Nexus handset however, with Motorola apparently continuing to work on the Nexus 6, which could also be named the Nexus X.

The upcoming Google handset is expected to sport a 5.2” QHD display, with 3GB RAM and an Adreno 420 GPU.

Android L is likely to feature in the software department, whilst a 13 megapixel camera will couple a Snapdragon 805 chipset on the handset, which is expected before Christmas.

Currently, no other handsets had been too heavily linked with the Android Silver program, but if any were being touted, it’s possible that they could be cancelled if the project doesn’t make a swift return.

The next major handset to hit the Android operating system is the Samsung Galaxy Note 4, which continues the strong phablet showing on the operating system, which has only recently been targeted by Apple’s iPhone 6 Plus.

Other Android based handsets hitting the market soon include the Sony Xperia Z3, Z3 Compact and HTC Desire 820, all of which will be with us ahead of December.

What are your thoughts on Android Silver? Do you think it will be making a comeback anytime soon? Let us know on Facebook, Twitter or Google+.

Written by Luke Hatfield

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