Rumors are that Google is working on a new premium handset line with codename Android Silver to replace aging Nexus line. This is a good move by Google to offer premium Android experience without any big customizations and bolt-wares.
Google has strict criteria for the new Android Silver lineup.
- Android Silver handsets can either be existing versions of OEM smartphones or smartphones made specifically for Android Silver.
- Android Silver handsets’ software will have little to no OEM or carrier customization.
- OEMs who offer Android Silver handsets will commit to timely updates.
- Google will put up the marketing dollars for carriers and retailers to promote the handsets alongside their usual offerings.
So the million dollar question is who will be the first manufacturer to jump into Android Silver bandwagon?
Latest report suggest that none other than Samsung will create the first Android Silver phone with name Silver Shine. Tough to say at such an early stage, as rumors suggest the program isn’t set to kick off until sometime next year. A new trademark may have given us a sense of clairvoyance, though, with Samsung seeing fit to call dibs on “Silver Shine.” The trademark — which carries serial number 86259975 — was granted under the usual categorical suspects: mobile telephones, digital cameras, computers and the like.
Samsung is no stranger to these programs and already created many Nexus handset and the only manufacturer to offer a Nexus tablet with 10 inch display. Apart from that Samsung also offered Galaxy S4 Google play edition with vanilla android in the past.
There is no official words till now. So we need to wait some more time.