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Android Silver said to be on hold, its future uncertain

People "familiar with the matter" claim the Android Silver program has stalled after chief architect Nikesh Arora's departure from the company.
September 16, 2014

Android Silver has been making its rounds around the rumor mill for quite some time. This initiative was said to replace the Nexus program and bring the pure Google experience to high end devices from multiple manufacturers. It was to become a Nexus-for-all festival, but it seems the Nexus program is here to stay and suddenly Android Silver’s future is uncertain.

With Android One now launched and plans for future Nexus devices in the works, we are left wondering if there are any chances we will see Android Silver bearing fruits in the near future. If The Information’s sources are correct, it seems rather unlikely.


People “familiar with the matter” claim the program has stalled after chief architect Nikesh Arora’s departure from the company. Arora would oversee Google’s partnerships with manufacturers and carriers, making this a reasonable theory as to why the program has been placed on hold.

In addition, these sources claim the manufacturers were not too eager to join the program, as they would need to give concessions to Google for advertising. Googlers also believed the program would not succeed in mass markets.


This initiative would be great for the tech geeks, but the consumer wouldn’t be as enticed to patronize it. It’s not like Android One, which is expected to get huge support due to its affordable nature. All of these factors turn Android Silver into a big mass of uncertainty, but we do have the Nexus program and Android One to lean on.

Android Silver was a dream come true for all of us Android fans, though. Let’s hope it can be resuscitated soon.