Android Silver is the name of a rumored line of upcoming high-end, "stock" Android smartphones from Google said to be launching in early 2015.
The first reports on this still unannounced project pointed to a new range of Google Play edition-like smartphones, with hardware from leading manufacturers and a Google-controlled software experiences. Silver handsets would reportedly be promoted through partnerships with carriers including T-Mobile and Sprint in the U.S., with a considerable in-store presence for the devices. The new range of devices is supposedly a way for Google to combat the dominant Samsung in the high-end Android space.
However there's disagreement over whether the arrival of Android Silver handsets will mean the end of Google's Nexus phone program. Early reports suggested that the Nexus line would end in 2014, to be replaced with Silver the following year. However at Google I/O 2014 Android Engineering Director Dave Burke poured cold water on that theory. In an interview, Burke stopped short of explicitly confirming Android Silver, but said that any such program wouldn't mean there'd be no more Nexus devices.
So it's still unclear how the Android Silver program, if it does indeed exist, might be realized. Nevertheless, Silver would fit neatly into Google's new strategy of directly controlling the software experience on more and more Android devices. Just as Android Wear and Android One devices run stock, Google experience software with updates directly from the Android team, Android Silver could bring this approach to the high-end device market.
Whatever the case, we'll probably have to wait until early 2015 to learn the first official details on this intriguing new series of handsets.