Google Nexus 6 Tipped for Fall Release Despite Android Silver Program in 2015
By Precious Silva | June 30, 2014 1:09 PM EST
Consumers worrying about Google's plans to kill the Nexus line can now breathe a sigh of relief as the company confirms it will not be putting a stop to the program. More importantly, this may mean that the company has been gearing up for the release of the Nexus 6 believed to arrive later this year.
Hugo Barra, director of Product Management at Android, holds a new Nexus 7 tablet during a Google event at Dogpatch Studio in San Francisco, California, July 24, 2013.
Head of Android engineering and Nexus program at Google, David Burke, shared in an interview with ReadWrite that the company has no plans on cutting off the Nexus program. More importantly, the upcoming Nexus smartphone may be released this fall to encourage or promote the Android L platform. Google has also given a heads up to developers about the platform.
According to Android's blog, Google wants to provide developers early access to its OS to allow them to prepare and explore more of what they can do with. More importantly, the company said in its blog:
"At Google, our focus is providing a seamless experience for users across all of the screens in their lives. An important component to that is making sure that you as developers have all of the tools necessary to easily deploy your apps across to those screens."
"Increasingly, Android is becoming the fabric that weaves these experiences together, which is why you'll be excited about a number of things we unveiled today."
Burke clarified that concepts may have mixed up the public about the company's plans.
"People just get excited by concepts and forget why we do things," he shared in the interview. "We are still invested in Nexus." The latest of the Nexus bunch from the company include the Nexus 5 handset, and tablets Nexus 7 and 10.
"When we are working, there are sort of two outputs. We're building a Nexus device and we're building the open source code. There is no way you can build the open source code without the phone or tablet or whatever you are building. You have to live and breathe the code you are developing. You can't build a platform in the abstract, you have to build a device (or devices). "Burke discussed.
"So, I don't think can or will ever go away. And then, I think Nexus is also interesting in that it is a way of us explaining how we think Android should run. It is a statement, almost a statement of purity in some respects. I don't see why we would ever turn away from that, it wouldn't make sense."
Reported specs of the Nexus 6 include 5.5-inch 2K display, 3GB RAM and quad-core 2.7GHz processor. Google will also reportedly release a Nexus 8 or 9 device in order to differentiate from the 7-inch competition. There have been talks about the Silver program and while Burke may have appeared to confirm its existence, he did not comment more about the matter.
"Android Silver is not something that we are commenting on right now," Burke clarified.
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