02
Apr
bugdroid

If there's one thing we hear time and again about Android, it's the F word: fragmentation. While it's largely just an annoying word used to get under the skin of Android fans, I think in at least one respect, it's been a valid criticism: the wildly varying experiences Android users have with the post-purchase support and software on their handsets. Now, it's equally correct to say that's not really Google's fault, nor its responsibility - OEMs are the ones dropping the ball in a lot of respects here, and I totally agree with that! Still, it has been an inarguable thorn in the platform's side for years now, one that critics enjoy relentlessly harping on as compared to the "unity" and consistency of, say, the iOS experience, where Apple controls all.

Disclaimer: No matter the confidence level, there's always a chance product updates, features, and some or all details will be changed or cancelled altogether. As with all rumors, nothing is 100% until it's officially announced.

We do not have possession of any APKs or unreleased devices, so please don't ask for them.

It seems, though, that Google may finally be trying to do something about the support and software experience pitfalls some buyers have been unfortunate enough to go through after purchasing an Android handset, and that something may be a project known as "Android Silver" (this may just be an internal name, not the actual planned branding).

Confidence Level

I'd give this rumor a 6/10 - the information at play is a little old, and the slides we're working from are definitely a little scant on the finer points of this whole 'Android Silver' project. That said, we are confident in the source of the info, so we know Google was at least taking this project seriously enough that it was allegedly being shown to other Googlers.

This rumor is based on slides from the end of last year - Google's plans often change, and we cannot be 100% certain of the reliability or accuracy of any of the following. That said, we are confident our source is legitimate, and that in some capacity, Google was or is planning something like Android Silver, as you can plainly see in the images at the bottom of this post. As you know, however, Google sometimes cancels, delays, or reworks projects, so whether Android Silver will ever come to be, or if it will come to be as described here, is still very much up in the air.

The Rumor: What is 'Android Silver'?

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Android Silver appears to be an attempt to unify the sale and support experience of specially-selected Android devices - devices Google will pick at its sole discretion. To qualify for Android Silver status, a handset must "run the latest version of Android with no or very limited customizations," (emphasis ours) and only 5 such handsets will be selected by Google for Silver status at any given time. These devices will not be sold by Google, however - at least not exclusively - this campaign is aimed squarely at carriers.

Carrier stores will have an Android Silver display, showcasing the Android Silver devices available on their network. Google will be entirely in charge of how this experience is crafted, and carrier store staff must be trained and certified to sell Android Silver devices. Carriers will be required to stock a certain number of Android Silver devices and accessories.

Carriers must also help all Android Silver customers set up their devices with a Google account, assist in migrating their data from an old device, and complete the first Google Play purchase for the customer (presumably to acquaint users with the idea and process of spending money on Play).

Migrating data from an old device would seem to be a goal similar to what Motorola's done with Migrate - customers must be able to pick and choose what they wish to transfer, and Google is demanding a "nothing-slips-through-the-cracks" guarantee, along with a process that completes in under 5 minutes. This would probably lead one to believe Google is actively working on its own data transfer app specifically to meet those goals.

Google also seems to be rebranding many of the Android Device Manager features as part of something called "Never Lost," as well as adding a few new ones into the mix. "Never Lost" will be able to locate, lock, or rename your phone, suspend your wireless service, keep all your stuff backed up, navigate you to your phone's location, and display your phone's current battery life. Google also refers to a "temporary loaner phone" program, presumably meaning Google (or the OEM / carrier) will supply another Android phone to you for a limited time until your phone is found or you replace it.

Finally, Android Silver buyers will get access to a "hangout assistant" - think Amazon's Mayday button - offering 24x7 live hangouts with Google specialists who can take over your device to help you solve problems. No word if you'll be able to see their faces, so perhaps Amazon will still have that... advantage?

The Evidence

We've gathered this information from a few slides allegedly shown to Googlers, which you can check out below (there's not much more than what I've said here, though).

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David Ruddock
David's phone is an HTC One. He is an avid writer, and enjoys playing devil's advocate in editorials, imparting a legal perspective on tech news, and reviewing the latest phones and gadgets. He also doesn't usually write such boring sentences.

  • http://www.Nave360.com Sebastian Gorgon

    Well it's fair to say HTC One M8 wouldn't be in that category, although they could give the Google Edition that status, but then again... it kind of already is?

  • Bariman43

    This is good for people locked into a contract and whom can't get a pure Nexus/GPE device. I know for a fact I'd love to pick up a quality Android product without being locked into OEM/carrier bloat.

    • blumpkinator

      You can absolutely go buy a nexus, GPE, or other unlocked device and slap your sim card it in. That has nothing whatsoever to do with your contract status.

      Now if you are referring to CDMA carriers, you can still at least buy used models of phones they will activate on their network. You just have a lot less choice because CDMA is terrible and anti-consumer.

      • Richard Markert

        Cdma technologies are neither terrible nor anti consumer.

        • ThomasMoneyhon

          Of course it is. CDMA is not a global standard, It forces you into an arbitrary selection of phones the carrier can control at their whim. If it where great why is Verizon not keeping it (transitioning to VoLTE in the near future, longer down the road shutting down CDMA to repurpose frequency for more LTE spectrum). CDMA as a protocol is also by design not open (see google updating the nexus s and galaxy nexus and the respective code NOT being given to the open source community, because of carrier and CDMA red tape.

          The only thing CDMA had to wave around was the better handoff on calls between cell towers, but that was arguable, it sucks terribly for data transmission (EVDO < HSPA)

          Pull yourself off the verizon teat.

          • blumpkinator

            just to be completely fair; long term everyone will be transitioning to VoLTE and even GSM will be retired. LTE is way more efficient and an all IP network is superior to ye olde circuit switched.

            Unfortunately on a global scale LTE is a mess. There are an insane number of frequency bands being used; and there's also the FDD vs TDD issue. So it will be a while before an LTE world-phone is a thing.

            BTW, the lack of source code for the CDMA Nexi was not due to carriers. It was douchebaggery on the part of Qualcomm [CDMA patent holder].

            Qualcomm being douchy with CDMA patents is also why Nokia stopped selling CDMA phones back in the day.

        • blumpkinator

          LOL wut? EVDO Rev A is shit throughput for data. Sure the call capabilities of CDMA are actually pretty good, it does a great job of managing tower handoff.

          How can you say it's not anti consumer? you HAVE to consult with your carrier before changing devices [ask for an ESN swap]! Even worse, the carrier can refuse to activate any ESN they didn't sell!

          I was with a CDMA carrier for many years before I just got fed up with the bullshit and moved on to the greener pastures of GSM/LTE. It's amazing to be able to switch carriers and phones in a matter of seconds. The ability to use imported phones not available in the USA is just icing on the cake.

          • Richard Markert

            The whole esn/meid thing is just how US carriers utilize the technology. CDMA supports a device called an RUIM card, which behaves much like a SIM card does. It was mainly used in China, Thailand and Japan.

            Btw, your precious GSM data connection, preLTE, used WCDMA.

            Blame the carriers, not the technology. CDMA is the better tech for voice.

  • chris125

    I would love this on Verizon. Hope it ends up being true

  • Pranav Tonseker

    So there'll be Nexus devices, GPE devices and Silver devices? All to fight fragmentation? Damn straight.

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ David Ruddock

      5 bucks says GPE devices will be eligible for Silver, but we'll see if the carriers play ball (I highly doubt it).

      • Suhas Vemuri

        Maybe this is where nexus line is headed and the 'End of Nexus' rumors now make a little sense..

      • MeCampbell30

        $5? Where's that AP money?

        • jonathan3579

          Lost in transit with Google Wallet.

        • jonathan3579

          Lost in transit with Google Wallet.

      • http://www.toysdiva.com Toys Samurai

        1 buck says that the only Silver devices are Nexus and GPE. Let's face it, besides the Nexus and GPE devices, the only minimally customized device that is widely known and we are interested in right now is the Moto X.

    • didibus

      If you think about it though, GPE and Nexus is the same thing. Nexus is simply a GPE phone commissioned by Google.

    • didibus

      If you think about it though, GPE and Nexus is the same thing. Nexus is simply a GPE phone commissioned by Google.

      • Andrew Jiang

        Not quite, software on Nexus devices are supported by Google themselves, while software on GPE devices are supported by their various OEMs.

        • didibus

          Oh really, I thought GPE was that Google actually committed to support those devices with new versions of Android. Wow, so GPE really sucks. It's like second class of second class. I mean, since OEMs like Samsung already consider TouchWiz their primary Android version to support, I don't see them offering GPE devices any more updates.

          • Giziguzio Papajuzi

            GPE devices are updated as fast as Nexuses (Nexii?). If I recall correctly the delay is week to two week at worst in comparison to Nexus line. This shows that the problem is probably not the manufacturers and their lazy devs but the heavy skin and carrier requirements.

          • didibus

            But is this a guarantee?

          • Giziguzio Papajuzi

            No guarantee but no GPE device's been dropped yet. I guess we'll have to wait and see.

          • Justin Swanson

            The OEMs are required to push the updates, but (up to this point) they've been really good about pushing the update once Google sends it to them.

  • http://www.androidpolice.com/author/ron-amadeo/ Ron Amadeo

    "Silver" implies there is an "Android Gold" program but... nothing?

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ David Ruddock

      Eh, could just be an internal project name with some insider meaning. Or a desire to avoid gold iPhone connotations. Or I could just be completely wrong and there is an Android Gold.

    • http://about.me/tysonayoung Tyson Young

      Android Gold = Nexus

    • cy_n_ic

      Implications could be taken to no end. If their is silver than their must be gold and platinum and so on till we reach radioactive elements and our phones melt to our faces so we can finally become one with our devices

    • Fievel

      They're just being modest. It's a Google thing.

      • mesmorino

        It's more like false modesty, the way they stick a beta tag on things that are supposed to be finished products

        • http://planetmew.com/blog/ Christopher Glass

          Google Beta = "We haven't figured out to profit from it yet"

        • Brendan Dillon

          Putting a Beta tag on something tells you it's not a finished product.

    • ChromeSilver

      more like Chrome for PCs and Silver for mobile - Pichai's white metal collections

  • Bluewall

    This is the first thing that came to my mind.

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ David Ruddock

      Android Silver: it's pretty good or whatever.

      • http://www.about.me/kendallseabury Kendall Seabury

        Why can't I guild this comment?

        • Bœuf

          Gild.

  • MasterMuffin

    Maybe they're just porting Pokemon Silver to Android. No? Fine :/

    • Justin Swanson

      SoulSIlver or orginial? Also seems weird not to start with Red/Blue...

      Damn now I really wish Nintendo/Game Freak would bring Pokemon to Android... :/

      • MasterMuffin

        IKR!

      • Gandalf_Teh_Gray

        Grab an emulator.

  • silver_arrow

    So they want the best but it is Android Silver. As a consumer I would ask "What is Android Gold?"

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ David Ruddock

      It's probably just a project codename. Who knows what they may actually end up calling it, assuming it ever comes to be at all.

      • Tomáš Petrík

        They will launch it as Android Bronze :D

    • Hamza

      They wanted it to be called "Android Chrome". but I think it did not work.

  • Suhas Vemuri

    5 Best, Unskinned Phones with a special sales section through carriers is unbelievably terrific for customers.. Superb push for Android.. will see more non- tech savvy users who usually prefer iPhones for the simplicity and service.. Simply put, GPE phones with good after-purchase service and sold directly by carriers.. just wow..

  • Daeshaun Griffiths

    This is awesome!!!!!!!
    this is going to make consumers want to be on the latest and greatest. Everything you said makes sense (except the loaner device thing). I love the idea.

  • WORPspeed

    The name of the project sounds much cooler than what it actually entails...as a currently nexus-or-nothing customer this means nothing to me :(
    As good as it sounds for others I still think they are better of just getting a nexus/gpe device (although the data transfer app thing does sound useful for the less tech-savy buyers and the hangouts phone take over....yeh I will need to be able to control my phone from my computer tyvm gn ny)

  • Vincent Vredenburg

    This sounds in line with rumors prior to this suggesting the end of the Nexus line of phones. Also, with the obvious continuation of the GPE line of devices this seems like a much more serious, matured evolution of that. So possibly they will stop with Nexus phones altogether and morph the GPE devices into this?

    • usaff22

      Noooooooooo

      GPE devices are overpriced compared to Nexus devices, and I just love the Nexus program in general!

      • Vincent Vredenburg

        I'm not saying anything bad about the Nexus line by any means. I've loved every one I've used/owned. I was just pointing out other rumors that have been floating around and how they may be fitting together. Obviously if they're wanting to work with carriers all of these phones are going to be subsidized as well. Nothing says how these will be priced, so we'll see. If this is even real anyways. Lol

      • Vincent Vredenburg

        I'm not saying anything bad about the Nexus line by any means. I've loved every one I've used/owned. I was just pointing out other rumors that have been floating around and how they may be fitting together. Obviously if they're wanting to work with carriers all of these phones are going to be subsidized as well. Nothing says how these will be priced, so we'll see. If this is even real anyways. Lol

        • usaff22

          Don't worry lol, I absolutely wasn't blaming you at all. Just saying I really don't want that to happen

      • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Shawn De Cesari

        GPE devices aren't overpriced. They're almost universally higher quality devices than Nexus phones, if you take the phone as a whole package and take into account the internals and externals. Are the Galaxy S4, either generation of the HTC One, or the Z Ultra worth $300 more than the Nexus 5? In my opinion they all are.

        The only way you could realistically argue that GPE devices are overpriced would be if you compare them to their normal retail variants which cost the same. The GPE variants don't have nearly as many software features as the retail versions, so there should be at least a small price break for that. Of course, the flip side of that is that HTC, Samsung, Sony, etc. are committing to Google to build ROMs and provide fast updates, which requires more resource overhead on the OEM's part, so that has to be built into the cost. Overall, it's a wash.

  • Testraindrop

    Sound like something for noobs/"not so tech savvy people"....

    While there are a lot of those, for me this program offers nothing interesting :(

    I don't want that someone creates me MY Google account and "helps" me paying with MY credit card.

    Anyway I'm not the target audience and the migrating app sound nice, so lets see...

  • Abdallah Hirbawi

    I think the nexus line will stay around and be sold exclusively on google play so google can make phones that showcase exactly what they want, and then rebrand google play edition to android silver so the people who want the new galaxy or one can have best of both worlds. The mention of a top 5 oems would be sony,motorola,samsung,htc, and lg. Even if the nexus line is killed off I don't see a reason to sell google play editions along with android silver phones. Anyways, we will see what happens at i/o

    • Tomáš Petrík

      People seem to be forgetting one thing - nowadays, you can buy a Nexus in dozens of countries.
      If this model switched to Google Play sales, it would be limited to a few countries that have the luxury of "Devices" section in Google Play.

    • Tomáš Petrík

      People seem to be forgetting one thing - nowadays, you can buy a Nexus in dozens of countries.
      If this model switched to Google Play sales, it would be limited to a few countries that have the luxury of "Devices" section in Google Play.

  • Oğuz Can Ayverdi

    If this is true, it would be just another US-only service from Google.

    • Josh Coppinger

      'MURICA

    • Tomáš Petrík

      Damn right.
      (And that sucks, if it wasn't obvious to somebody.)

    • Tomáš Petrík

      Damn right.
      (And that sucks, if it wasn't obvious to somebody.)

    • Fabian Pineda

      Why be jelaous of a service that is meant to fix the abusive practices of US carriers? If you don't live within an ecosystem as incredibly corrupt as the US carriers business, you have nothing to be jealous of.

    • Fabian Pineda

      Why be jelaous of a service that is meant to fix the abusive practices of US carriers? If you don't live within an ecosystem as incredibly corrupt as the US carriers business, you have nothing to be jealous of.

      • Tomáš Petrík

        One of the intentions to launch such service may be what you describe, but still, we would miss the service as a whole.

        • Fabian Pineda

          Why would you miss it? Do you live under abusive business practices of the Carrier model in your country?

          • Tomáš Petrík

            You're still not getting me.
            What I would miss is the service of having specially trained shop assistants who would guide you through the initial setup and transfer all the stuff from your old device, also being sure that there is always a certain amount of the device in stock, accessories included, etc.
            While I would not use this service personally, as I shop online, it would be nice to know that people who decide to buy an Android will have the ability to use such service.

          • Fabian Pineda

            But this isn't for retail itself but for Carrier-Retail. For people who buy phones from carriers, thus selling their souls to the devil, so they feel Android isn't such a horrible experience.

      • mithrandir

        Abusives the prices we have @ México nexus 5 16gb for 750 dls. And that is the same for all Phones they always overprice the products cuz they can. we have only 2 carriers

        • The_Chlero

          we have 4 carrier: Telcel, Iusacell, Movistar and Unefon. The big 2 are Telcel and Iusacell, the others are just minor ones.

          In Mexico, we have overpriced products in general because of the people that just let it happen. People in Mexico dont fight back the politcs, business men and their corruption.

        • http://mrmcpowned.com mrmcpowned

          Those are actually due to import tariffs. It's pretty similar across other countries.

      • Nishant Nadkarny

        Oh please, most top-tier services by Google are US-only including software which can easily work regardless of geographic location (such as a few Google Play apps, and so on). And even if they're available in other territories, they're overpriced beyond need even after accounting for import duties and taxes.

  • Niall Murray

    I'd also lkle to see 18/24 months up updates garantued to qualify for anroid silver. Too many times people have been bitten buying a phone, only for support to be dropped 8 months later.

    • Simon Belmont

      This. I'd really like to see a 24 month requirement for software support.

      It would be a great selling point, IMO. Honestly, I'd love it if Google made 24 months of updates standard on their Nexus and GPe devices, as well.

      • Richard Markert

        I'd like to see Google force unlockable bootloaders, full write access to the devices file system, and require 2 years of OS updates to get a Google Play Services license. Invalidate any mfgrs license who refuses to comply. Who would buy an Android phone without Play Services? I wouldn't, and know many who wouldn't either.

        • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Shawn De Cesari

          The fundamental flaw in your argument is that a) Google needs carrier support for Android, especially in the US. b) Carriers require these things more than OEMs do and c) No one but the people who live in our small little "Android enthusiast bubble" care about OS updates, write access to filesystems, and unlockable bootloaders. People want a phone that works, that they can use day in and day out, and that lets them use all the same apps their friends use. That's it. Futher, once they're used to the way it all works, they never want it to change. Ever. Anyone who has spent any measurable amount of time doing end user support would back me up on this.

          No one, not Google, not OEMs, not carriers, really gives a rat's ass what we Android enthusiasts want because, as a market segment, we're the equivalent of "fly crap on a map". Money talks, BS walks, and there's no money in our market segment.

          • Richard Markert

            A man can dream, cant he?

          • Crafty

            I mostly agree with you. However, I know a bunch of non enthusiasts that care about their devices getting continued OS support.

            Device OS support is a selling point. It's also something that puts people's minds at ease knowing that their device will be updated to patch inevitable software exploits (at least that's what the non enthusiasts indicated to me).

          • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Shawn De Cesari

            That's fair about the OS updates. My point was more along the lines of this:

            What is the first thing you hear people in our world complain about when some device like a GS4 or an HTC One gets an update? "Wow, yeah it got the new OS but nothing has changed visually. Everything's still the same. THIS SUCKS!"

            The OEMs do that for a reason...they don't want to piss off the other 98% of people who use their phones, so they'd rather piss us off instead. That's all I was talking about when I was mentioning OS updates and never wanting things to change.

  • Fabian Pineda

    My best guess is that this is one of the ideas Google is/was working/refining about how to make the carrier experience better than the crap it is right now. It's not as much as retail as it is fighting carrier bullshit.

    It's most likely that this is an internal project codename and that it won't interfere with the Android Development as we know it, it'll most likely coherce carriers into adopting a better experience.

    Also, seeing the "only US" gripe some will have, let me tell you: you don't want to be jealous of the abusive policies carriers put in practice over there. Trust me, you have to be glad if this doesn't exist where you live.

  • Fabian Pineda

    My best guess is that this is one of the ideas Google is/was working/refining about how to make the carrier experience better than the crap it is right now. It's not as much as retail as it is fighting carrier bullshit.

    It's most likely that this is an internal project codename and that it won't interfere with the Android Development as we know it, it'll most likely coherce carriers into adopting a better experience.

    Also, seeing the "only US" gripe some will have, let me tell you: you don't want to be jealous of the abusive policies carriers put in practice over there. Trust me, you have to be glad if this doesn't exist where you live.

  • Transdence1

    only devices that i see make it to the list is Moto X, G and nexus. maybe GPE.

    except Moto none of them are sold via carriers

  • Stylus_XL

    "super-easy transfer"

    I'll believe that when I see it.

  • Chrome Android Statue

    Coud this be what the chrome Android statue was all about?

    http://www.droid-life.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/01/chrome-android.jpg

    • Simon Belmont

      Haha. I was thinking the same thing.

      I was gonna post the picture, but was too lazy to find one. Cheers (and upvote) to you for doing it.

    • Guest

      And the old dumb rumors told that 'Android' and 'Chrome' would merged...
      http://i.imgur.com/Jiy2zSm.gif

    • Guest

      And the old dumb rumors told that 'Android' and 'Chrome' would merged....
      http://i.imgur.com/Jiy2zSm.gif

  • Fishes

    This corresponds nicely with all those multiple nexus rumours, no?

  • didibus

    This purely sounds like a marketing project. I think it'd be a good idea though. Google needs to crank out some proper marketing, the lean back and let word of mouth do it's job has reached it's limits.

  • didibus

    This purely sounds like a marketing project. I think it'd be a good idea though. Google needs to crank out some proper marketing, the lean back and let word of mouth do it's job has reached it's limits.

  • DW Duck

    Sounds like Google silver is for the older folks just jumping over to android. Why would anyone that is familiar with android need to be shown how to do any of these things?

  • Matthew Fry

    I don't get how this will fix fragmentation. Yes, more devices will be on Google's roster for updating but there's plenty of options for this already.

    I wonder if they'll take hangouts messages like, "I tried rooting my phone and now I'm bootlooping. Halp!"

    • Johan Esterhuizen

      That would be AMAZING!

  • http://twitter.com/jdrch jdrch

    Huh? Many carriers already do this in store anyway. The main problem with Android support isn't the initial setup: most Android users I know sail though that just fine. It's the lack of support via stability/feature updates later in the device's life. This does nothing to solve that problem.

    It's amazing that Google still doesn't fundamentally understand what supporting your own product means.

  • Daniel Rode

    "so perhaps Amazon will still have that... advantage?"
    I cracked up!

  • Fatal1ty_93_RUS

    It seems same as Play Edition program

  • Bala

    Oh very clever... so how does that differ from nexus lineups??? I want this to be implemented from google, a rating system for android devices... based on the performance the grade should be categorized from A to E with A being the high end model. Atleast with this the user can know what he can expect in terms of perforamance

  • Josh Flowers

    So, what you're saying is that it's up to the carrier to offer these approved devices with the latest software, and NOT be planning delaying updates for other (lesser priced) phones of theirs in an attempt to sell these Silver-Edition phones with the newer OS? We're all screwed.

  • Dave Waters

    Could "Silver" be a reference to a service targeted at the older generations? There does seem to be a bit of a focus on "hand holding" here.

  • Steve Freeman

    As much as I hate to say it, unless if the carriers get some sort of benefit from this, I really don't see this taking off very well.

  • John Smith

    To me, "F" means... the fucking fragmented webview !!
    OMG it's crazy how some HTML5 will work nicely on Samsung phones and then totally fail on HTC / Sony / Kindle

  • AndroidUser00110001

    I wonder if this started when that chrome android statue popped up at Google headquarters last year...

    http://searchengineland.com/figz/wp-content/seloads/2013/02/silver-android-google-lobby-1359464609.jpeg

  • m_shark

    I'd brand it Android Chrome

  • Nicholas Polydor

    "Finally, Android Silver buyers will get access to a "hangout assistant" - think Amazon's Mayday button - offering 24x7 live hangouts with Google specialists who can take over your device to help you solve problems."

    This is big news.

  • Spellbound

    OK ....let me be the road bump...what's the big deal with fragmentation? I only heard about it vaguely with my old PC. ...so phones have the same issue as pc's ...whatevee that is. And what is the point if silver? To have phones that don't frag? Why doesn't Google just make their own phone then? This seems to be stupid and a waste of money.

  • Alfonso Persico

    Damn..so from next years on, we will forced to buy some high end product to have a pure google experience? This frankly sucks! The great about nexus devices is, the pure experience of course, and their low price. Maybe the One+ company have come out in the very best moment, with their commercial policy. Custom roms like CyanogenMod will become more and more the only way to have a "google exp" without burn our money.

  • A2theC

    OEM's have no business compiling the OS onboard the devices, that's where all the fragmentation come from, lack of software skill and no support.

    If Google handled all the OS updates, like the nexus devices, and OEMs just had to write device drivers for their hardware we wouldn't be in this hellish mess!

    I like the direction that google, and even a few OEMs (HTC, Sony, etc) by releasing their "specialized" apps in the market rather than burnt into the OS. Much better support for each app, instead waiting for OTA just to fix a minor F-up.

  • MC Wong

    Google is testing the water at the mid range level. If Silver succeeds it will launch Android Gold for high end devices. Should it fail it will fall back on Android Bronze.

  • Truth Teller

    "Android Silver" ??
    There will definitely be a "iPhone Gold" product coming soon.

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  • Jon Gulisano

    Im certain things with Amazon, and all of the next generation of leaders from around the world will be onboard. The best supporting cast is just as important for the future of this country

  • edu techs

    I would love to see android silver in action :

    http://androidsilverseries.com/

  • Rob

    I invented silver...can't wait when they pay me