Google is not axing its Nexus line of devices anytime soon even if it pushes out a new program, Android Silver next year.
According to Dave Burke, the head of Android engineering and the Nexus program at Google, it is a "totally wrong conclusion" to make that something else is coming and that will mark the end of Nexus.
ReadWrite - "People just get excited by concepts and forget why we do things,” Burke told me in an interview. “We are still invested in Nexus.”
Burke went on to elaborate:
"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). So, I don’t think can 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."
When asked about Android Silver, Burke declined to discuss further. He reiterated that "the prospect of Silver doesn't mean that Nexus is going away." As a recap, Android Silver is a program by Google where manufacturers and carriers are paid to produce and sell Android phones that meet its specifications.
Nonetheless, Google is rumored to launch a Nexus smartphone and tablet later this year. Chinese website MTK reported in April that Google plans to introduce a MediaTek-powered Nexus smartphone that could cost US$100. Earlier this week, Android Police received information indicating HTC is working on a Nexus 9 tablet which will be powered by NVIDIA Tegra K1 processor. Well, it seems that Google has grand plans for the Nexus brand this year.