If you sat through the near-three hour (three hour!) Google I/O keynote hoping to get a glimpse of the next Nexus smartphone or tablet, you were in for a disappointing evening. There was no Nexus-branded hardware in sight and, with word of a new Android Silver hardware program circulating, you'd be forgiven for thinking that the Nexus line was being put out to pasture.
That's not the case, according to David Burke, the head of Android engineering and the Nexus Program at Google. Speaking to ReadWrite, he confirmed that Google is "still invested in Nexus", whilst also confirming the Android Silver range, stating that "Android Silver is not something we are not commenting on right now".
Even with the Android Silver range (expected to be high-end devices) rumoured to land in 2015, Google uses the Nexus program not only as a hardware testing ground, but as a software ideas melting pot too. Android software development is now intrinsically linked to the Nexus line.
"When we are working, there are sort of two outputs. We're building a Nexus device and we're building the open source code," added Burke.
"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."
So what's next for the Nexus range? The most recent rumours point to HTC developing a nine-inch tablet, codenamed Volantis, and expected to eventually be named the Nexus 9. While HTC's smartphone track-record is stellar, its few dalliances with tablet devices haven't panned out so well. Fingers crossed it knows what it's doing with Nexus, seeing how well ASUS's gear performed. [ReadWrite via TechRadar]