Google has moved from the Nexus handsets, with the last of them being the Nexus 6, and gone onto the Pixel devices. This signifies an end to the Nexus line-up which lasted between 2010 and 2015. The new flagship devices are said to cater more for general consumers than the Nexus did and at the same time they come with price tags that are higher.
The Pixel and Pixel XL are great handsets and they have gone down well with both consumers and critics. But the Google Nexus 6 may have stopped the handsets from ever coming to the market.
We are talking about if the 6 inch device didn’t have the Nexus name and it was called the Moto S instead as originally planned. It was going to be the start of a new series of devices called Android Silver.
Android Silver wouldn’t just have been developed by Google. Android Silver was supposed to be without any Google branding and were going to be independent when it comes to hardware and 100% dependent on Google for software.
Android Silver was going to be an upgrade from the Google Play Edition handsets. However, it wasn’t to be as the project leader walked away so the program fell through. The Nexus handsets continued for two more generations and then came the Google Pixel.
So while Google didn’t want the Nexus 6 around, we may not have seen the Pixel handsets either if Android Silver had taken off.