Google: New Nexus product in the works

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Following speculation that Google could end up scrapping its Nexus range of devices, the technology giant’s head of the Nexus programme has confirmed that this isn’t the plan.

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Speaking to ReadWrite, Dave Burke confirmed that his company is still “Invested in Nexus”, as opposed to scrapping the brand, and that something new and exciting is in the works.

There has been a rumour that Google has been planning on scrapping the brand for a while now, but this week saw that highlighted with the announcement of Android Silver.

The reason being that when the first batch of Android Silver phones are launched at some point in 2015, they will be made by third-party manufacturers and run on stock Android.

Up until now, this has what Google’s Nexus line-up has been all about: mobile devices based on Google’s stock Android version and not booted with custom user interfaces.

However, Burke failed to comment if Android Silver would in fact affect the Nexus brand, simply reiterating again that Google has no plans to scrap its popular Nexus brand.

And if Google was to stop making Nexus-based devices, it could have a detrimental effect on the company’s relationship with third-parties and the making of its Android software.

Burke told ReadWrite: “When we are working, there are sort of two outputs. We’re building a Nexus device and we’re building the open source code.

“There is no way you can build the open source code without the phone or tablet or whatever you are building. You have to live and breathe the code you are developing.”

Nicholas Fearn