@evleaks: Nexus 6 no more, Android Silver in store for February 2015

by: Edgar CervantesMay 17, 2014


Update: In a new tweet, @evleaks claims Android Silver would launch around February 2015.

Changes to the Nexus program would mean a whole new era to Google’s mobile operating system. We were presented with a new idea a couple weeks ago, when rumors of Android Silver broke loose. Now we are hearing about it again, this time from @evleaks (who has a long history of correct information).

Android Silver is said to be what will replace the Nexus program. It’s portrayed as some form of Google Play Edition movement on steroids. Google would have a set of rules for manufacturers to make Android Silver devices. Things like quick updates and stock Android experience would be of the highest priority.

Evan Blass (@evleaks) presented this rumor in two separate tweets. One simply confirms that the Nexus 6 is not in the works. The other doesn’t say much, but it hints at the Android Silver movement.

It seems Android Silver may be coming sooner than expected. Android Silver was not to debut until next year, as per previous rumors. A Nexus device is expected every year, so if @evleaks is correct we should be seeing Silver debut later this year. Either that, or we will skip a year’s Google Phone. The latter sounds rather unlikely.

What does this mean for Android?

There are different opinions regarding this matter. I happen to like the idea of having multiple options. How many times do we complain about the fact that we want another manufacturer to make a Nexus phone? This initiative would allow more manufacturers to join the game!


If the rumors are correct, these devices would still bring the “Pure Google” experience and receive the latest updates in time. These happen to be the two most popular reasons for wanting a Nexus smartphone.

Others believe this to be horrible news, though. We have an open debate on the subject, so join the conversation and let us know what you think.

  • Goodbye Nexus! You will be missed :(

    • MasterMuffin


    • Jayfeather787

      I have always loved Nexus devices. Rocking with my Nexus 4, Nexus 7 2012, and Nexus 7 2013. I will miss it very much indeed. Affordable hardware with the best software. A dream has come to an end :(

      • WallBreaker

        its a rumor.

    • AndroidBoss

      Well lets hope that Android Silver will be even better than the Nexus lineup.

    • WallBreaker

      Its a rumor…you know.. not facts?

  • monkey god

    Yeah, no Nexus 6 makes me sad. But the thought of an Android Silver version of the LG G3 gives me hope. Please make it happen!

    • Jayfeather787

      And for half the price of the original G3!

    • Toss3

      Think I read somewhere that we won’t see an android silver phone until next year, and the first one is going to be an LG phone with a snapdragon 810.

  • Nexus is a good smartphone for me, I’ve try this smartphone and it’s was nice to use.
    Hoping Nexus’s continue, because if yes he wasted the name of nexus. Just my opinion.

  • fabriflash

    This is awful. I live in Perú and mobiles are expensive as hell, and many people import Nexus phones from the US because they are cheaper and carrier unlocked. I was expecting to change my N4 for a Nexus 6

    • droidtomtom

      Sorry, I understand. No hope of Nexus program pricing coming to other countries now. :( I lived in Peru for a year and just about all electronics are way more expensive in Peru than in the US especially smartphones and laptops. And it is usually last year’s model for this year’s price too. The US gets spoiled with new shiny things.

      • Dimitar Gospodinov

        Motorola is the way to go…

    • Oli72

      Take ur time. I also have a n4. Will wait until the n4 can’t get no more updates and the screen to fall off. Will stretch my $300 until no longer.

    • K2

      Go to the google blog or larry page’s google plus page and post this message.

      I am not kidding. A lot of people do that in order to communicate with him.

  • WitnessG

    I was hoping to buy my first Nexus phone this year. Guess that won’t be happening.

    • grumpyfuzz

      you can still buy the nexus 5 :P

  • Otto Andersson

    I’m totally okay with this. I want a Nexus experience without compromise. All the Nexus products have some sort of compromise that usually irritates me. If it means I can get a Galaxy Note 3 caliber phone with the open nature and ease of rooting of a Nexus, I’ll buy that for a dollar… or 600 dollars.

    I understand the worries for people who liked the price point of these handsets. However, with the new Motorola and Oneplusone, It goes to show that there will still be lower priced alternatives.

    • monkey god

      Well assuming Oneplus sticks around get their act together with the supply issues.

      • TLN

        Oneplus is slightly laggy even though it runs cm (The same applies for oppo n1). My Nexus5 isnt that laggy

        • Toss3

          Meh lag is a none-issue on an open-source phone. Plenty of devs that can tweak the kernel and governor/scheduler.

        • Erica

          The OnePlus One is not final firmware. How can you say something is laggy when it’s not yet ready for the public at large!? An incredible duh to you and to all the reviewers who are essentially reviewing bugs lol

  • bluemoogle
    • Varun

      There were only 5 Nexus phones..so that will not hold true

      • smokebomb

        I think his point was “nexus 6” would be taking the name from intellectual property. Now that they’ve actually reached 6 may be the reason they won’t produce it as the nexus 6 along with the changes stipulated in the AA article.

    • Boonlumsion Piyapon

      No Nexus 6 likely to be true.

      But change for Nexus 5 – 2014 is still there.

  • DarxideGarrison

    Android Silver could be great thing but I still feel that Google needs that complete stock bloodline to continue!

    • WallBreaker

      I think it is. Honestly everyone on here and other sites are jumping to conclusion nothing is official until Google says it is.

  • Balraj

    Stock android is not that great as many think
    I only thing I like about silver project is quick android updates
    That’s super cool :D

  • Rence

    Then what about the nexus tablets?

  • Varun

    More importantly, will these devices rival the Nexuses in price?

    • K2

      Very good point.

  • Ahmed Safarini

    seems to me an excuse from google to stop the Nexus devices update !

  • Ben

    And my allegiance to Google has been partially amputated.
    Thanks, Google.
    -Ben, a VERY VERY mad Nexus fan

    (heres to hoping Ev is wrong)

    • [A]dri[A]n

      Why? You’re allegiance to Google is being disrupted based on something we know nothing about? Lol Maybe you should wait to see what this program has to offer first. For all we know, it’ll be better than the Nexus program. Only time will tell.

    • filaos

      Allegiance is dumb.

      • Ben


  • AustraliaExist!

    SD card? Dual sim? Google voice around the world? Eish, the phone for America!

    • wezi427


  • fredphoesh

    Seriously, if it is called Silver, Nexus or f-3asv, who cares what it is called? The potential of this is to have SEVERAL “nexus” devices to choose from every year… WAY better than having one “nexus” per year!!! No brainer.

    • droidtomtom

      ‘Android Silver’ makes me think of those ‘Sentrum Silver’ commercials for vitamin supplements for the elderly. But it does still leave room for Titanium, Gold and Platinum.

    • WarGasm

      The quality is only a part of the issue…the other part is the PRICE.
      Remember Nexus was lower priced than other flagship handsets….affordability is key

    • Arturo Raygoza

      at 600+

  • Ed Magn

    Nexus 5 has been my best Android mobile phone to date, but life goes on. and it can be exciting with the upcoming Android Silver mobiles.

  • jack

    As Tim Cook said: “our competition, they are confused”

  • RAK

    Can this be the Nexus 8 ,saw it on the Google IO website –

    • TotspursIndiaFan

      Yeah :) certainly looks like it!!! So is it gonna be the last Nexus?

    • WallBreaker

      Thats what people don’t take into consideration this whole nexus dying is a rumor.

  • Arturo Raygoza

    this ruined my day

  • Oli72

    Time will tell all.

  • cytam

    The Nexus name sounds much cooler. “I own an Nexus”.
    “I own an Android Silver device”. Whoa?

  • KenOzz

    I would be sorry to see the Nexus brand go, good job the OnePlus One is out by the time the Nexus ends the OnePlus One may be available on demand so a cost efficient replacement will be available to all Nexus users

  • AndroidBrian

    Nobody knows if this is bad news or not…. If the Silver phones are priced like every other flagship phone that will suck.

    I’m going to be optimistic until I read the facts. Maybe there will be silver phones at all different price points. And now maybe finally we will have a Nexus like device with a Micro Sim card & better battery life and a better camera. Finally a phone with the best software and the best hardware.

    Android silver may solve Androids biggest problem. Software updates for all.

    • Arturo Raygoza

      why would Google make a silver edition of the s5 and sell it for 350? it won’t happen

      • AndroidBrian

        Like I said, maybe they’ll have different price points. Of course a S5 with identical hardware won’t be 350. What if LG ops to put a 8 mp camera with a smaller battery. LG G2 was 500. LG Nexus 4 & 5 were big hits for LG & Googke.. I could see LG wanting to repeat that success. Who knows.

  • TotspursIndiaFan

    If Nexus series is replaced by Android Silver… I want some things to be valid for Silver…. 1) The price point– let’s hope that these phones will be cheap, and not have crazy unlocked prices like other flagships. That is what made Nexus special. 2) these devices should be made available to the world not only in places like US and Europe. Just like Nexus was finally made available in India, I want this Silver to be made available in India and all other markets, thus this means that they should have a cheap unlocked price as we don’t have contract concept here. Also let’s hope we will get lots of options and choices across the entire price ranges in this Silver project and not just 500-600$ phones

  • RJ

    I will miss nexus…
    I just hope manufacturer s don’t make the silver phones so expensive that nobody can buy them.

    • Arturo Raygoza

      thy will

  • and those things will be available in few countries i guess..

  • smokebomb

    Got a note 3 and have my friend the old nexus 4. He had some throwaway device from boost and now he’s ecstatic about his new phone. I went with a note because the cloud is still too unreliable. I need at least 32GB of storage on my phone and the option for SD is desirable as well. The note 3 had the options I wanted. Hopefully this whole silver thing will allow for hardware customization (re: SD slots, removable batteries) with a pure Google experience for software. I’ve been debating buying a used nexus 5 though for summer time when I wear shorts since the note 3 doesn’t cooperate with shallow pockets.

  • James

    Time to stock up on the 5

  • Giuseppe Zinnato

    A new era will begin, Android Silver we are already waiting for you.

  • ziplock9000

    If manufacturers get new versions of Android available shortly after release, then I’m fine. If there is an overhead then screw this.

  • Giuseppe Zinnato

    A new era will begin, android silver we are already waiting for you.

  • Lean Carlo Gamboa

    I can’t move on :(

  • Guest

    This is strictly rumors.

  • WallBreaker

    There will be a nexus 6 and a Nexus 8, then they will switch to silver Next year.

  • Darth Valkyria

    i don’t belive in Mexico will be missing Nexus, because the device per se was as expensive than to buy an iPhone or a premium brand phone like HTC M6, M7, or Samsung S3, S4. And that’s because we don’t have the Google Subsidy to make their phone accessible to an entire population. Only will be missed by those who like OS environment pure, like Nexus does.