While information about the future of the Nexus program by Google Inc. (NASDAQ: GOOG) and the company’s proposed Android Silver program remains up in the air, an LG Electronics Inc. (KRX: 066570) executive has set the record straight about the manufacturer’s plans for future Nexus devices.
Consumers should not expect any Nexus brand devices from LG in the near future as Ken Hong, Global Communications Director of LG, recently told tech website Android Police that the company is not currently developing any Nexus devices.
“We’re not really sure what the status of the Nexus program is. We’ve been hearing a lot of speculation about its future but that’s a Google decision, not LG’s,” Hong said. “As of today, there are no Nexus devices in our immediate pipeline.”
LG has often collaborated with Google by providing the hardware for its flagship Nexus smartphones and tablets, which run the Google’s Android operating system. The previous Nexus 5 smartphone, which launched in 2013 and the Nexus 4 smartphone, which launched in 2012 were both manufactured by LG.
However, in recent months there have been several reports that Google plans to scrap its Nexus program for a new project, which has been referred to as “Android Silver.” Many tech informants and analysts have given their predictions as to what Android Silver might be and what the program might mean for Google. The Information, in particular, speculates that Google may release Android Silver to compete with the congruent iOS ecosystem that Apple Inc. (NASDAQ: AAPL) has developed.
Similar to how most iPhones and iPads are readily compatible with each new iOS version, Google may orchestrate Android Silver so that all of the most current Android devices will be able to update at the same time.
Android Silver devices may be similar to Google Play Edition devices, which are flagships from other manufacturers such as Samsung Electronics Co. (KRX: 005930) and HTC Corp. (TPE: 2498) that run stock Android, or the operating system without any third-party modifications. Without confirmation from Google; however, the public currently has no idea what Android Silver or the future of the Nexus program might entail.