Current LG Nexus 5 could be the last Nexus-branded handset

Update: A subsequent post suggests LG could be making one of the first Silver devices, running a Qualcomm MSM8994 chip.

Original story: Prolific phone leaker @evleaks has teased that Google is likely to launch the first so-called Android Silver handsets in February 2015. What's more, the company's Nexus program could be coming to an end earlier than expected, as an additional tweet claims that there'll be "no Nexus 6." The usually accurate leaker is the latest source to talk about the demise of the Nexus family, tying it into the launch of the rumored "Silver" line of premium smartphones early next year.

A few weeks back, The Information reported that Google was set to unveil Android Silver as a new standard for premium Android hardware, similar to the current Google Play edition lineup, but backed by a substantial in-store presence with carrier partnerships. Silver devices would be built to Google's specification, with speedy updates and a limit on bloatware. It's been suggested Android Silver would enable Google to have more control over high-end hardware, which is dominated by Samsung, while bringing a Nexus-like software experience to a wider audience.

There are still many questions posed by the potential evolution from Nexus to Silver — not least how it'll affect tablets, what'll replace Nexus as a reference device for developers, and how it'll impact Google's OEM partnerships. But if today's reports are accurate, the line that started with an HTC-built Nexus One in 2010 might well end with the Taiwanese company's second Nexus device, the rumored HTC Nexus tablet, later this summer.

Source: @evleaks (1), (2), (3)

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