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Trying to figure out the future of Google’s line of smartphones and tablets is becoming something of an industry in and of itself. It’s impossible to know for sure what’s going to happen, but that doesn’t stop every tech writer and blogger from analyzing every rumor and report for specks of truth. Over the weekend, the Twitter account for evleaks, a constant source of leaked information about the mobile industry, essentially called the Nexus 6 dead and gone, while predicting that Google will follow it up with Android Silver early next year.

A post on TheNextWeb points the way back to a few Tweets from @evleaks that make bold assertions without citing any actual sources about the future of the Nexus line – or, more specifically, the lack thereof:

As a quick refresher, Android Silver was first reported by the Verge last month, with a more in-depth follow-up report not long after. According to those reports, the Android Silver program will see Google partner with OEMs to install pure Android-style operating systems on their flagship handsets, which will be free of unnecessary, factory-installed bloatware, as well as proprietary operating system skins – Android-flavored veneers like HTC’s Sense or Samsung’s TouchWiz, which get in the way of the user and the pure Android experience.

So is evleaks right? And what does that mean for all we’ve heard about Nexus 6 and Nexus 8 devices getting tested? If “Molly” and “Flounder” aren’t Nexus devices, just what the heck are they?

I still believe we will, actually, see the Nexus 6, and that it’ll come out later this year after an unveiling at Google’s I/O conference this summer. I’m basing this belief, though, on no actual proof of my own other than what I’ve been reading and what I think I can glean from Google’s behavior in the past. Since Project Ara is in the works and set for an early 2015 release, I feel as though Google may want one more flagship handset to give to Nexus supporters before pulling the plug. We’ll just have to wait and see what Google does – or doesn’t – reveal at I/O.

[Source: TheNextWeb]


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