Following a no-show of a Nexus device of any sort at Google I/O last week, I had lost all hope that Google were continuing with their range of affordable-yet-powerful smartphone and tablets, but there’s good news on the horizon as Dave Burke, the head of Android engineering and the Nexus program at Google, has confirmed that the company is still “invested in Nexus.”
Speaking with ReadWrite, Burke confirmed that not only are the company still “invested in Nexus,” but another Nexus device is set to be announced, and released, later this year. This follows the worry that Google are planning to go into a different direction with their smartphone offering with something called Android Silver, a range of high-end handsets from various OEM’s that would all run a uniform version of Stock Android.
“People just get excited by concepts and forget why we do things,” Burke told ReadWrite “We are still invested in Nexus.”
On Android Silver however, Burke Refused to comment;
“Android Silver is not something that we are commenting on right now,” he said. “People have been commenting about Nexus because there is something else and they think that means the end of Nexus. That is the totally wrong conclusion to make.”
Burke explained to ReadWrite that when writing new open source code for Android another part of the team is working on a Nexus device which makes the most of the new features in that code. They go hand-in-hand, he explained.
“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.
“You can’t build a platform in the abstract, you have to build a device (or devices). So, I don’t think can can or will ever go away. And then, I think Nexus is also interesting in that it is a way of us explaining how we think Android should run. It is a statement, almost a statement of purity in some respects. I don’t see why we would ever turn away from that, it wouldn’t make sense.”
Burke didn’t go into any details as to which device will be coming at the end of the year, but if we were to hop back onto the rumour wagon, it’s likely going to be the new Nexus 8/9 tablet which is reportedly being manufactured by HTC.