A high-level Google executive heavily involved in the development of the Android OS has put to rest the rumors that the Nexus line of tablets and phones is about to come to an end.
According to Dave Burke, Android Engineering Director, developing a new version of Android requires a device for the software to run on, and this device is released along with the new OS version as part of the Google Nexus line.
Burke told ReadWrite in an interview:
“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.”
Burke gave an additional reason why the Nexus line will continue:
“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.”
Nexus vs. Silver
The rumors of the end of the Nexus line have been fostered by unconfirmed reports of Google’s Silver program, which will encourage companies to produce tablets and phones that run a stock version of Android and can therefore get OS upgrades very quickly. As quick upgrades are also a hallmark of the Nexus line, there are rumors that Silver will replace Nexus.
According to Burke, “That is the totally wrong conclusion to make.”
The Next Nexus
Earlier this week, Google gave the world its first look at Android L, the next version of this operating system that’s scheduled for release to the public this fall. Burke’s comments indicate that this will be accompanied by a new Google Nexus phone or tablet to run it.
The details of this device have not yet been made public, but unconfirmed reports indicate that it could be the Google Nexus 8, the first tablet from this company with an 8-inch screen. It will also supposedly be built around a 64-bit processor, as Android L will be the first 64-bit version of this OS.