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Nexus phones, tablets here to stay, says Android engineering chief

Rumours suggesting Google will retire the range of Nexus devices are unfounded, according to the head of Android engineering.

Dave Burke has spoken up following a series of reports claiming the 'pure' Android smartphones and tablets would be replaced by the Android Silver program.

He said those dishing out prophecies of impending Nexus doom are jumping the gun.

"People just get excited by concepts and forget why we do things," he told the ReadWrite blog.

"We are still invested in Nexus... 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."

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A recent leak showcased a potential 8.9-inch HTC Nexus 9 tablet codenamed 'Volantis,' which many, including us at TechRadar, speculated could be the last Nexus device. Meanwhile, a Nexus 8 is also reportedly on the way.

If Burke is dropping truth bombs rather than serving up a smoke screen then we could be seeing annual Nexus device launches for many years to come.

When Burke mentions 'something new', he is presumably referencing the forthcoming Android Silver platform, which could see the launch of more Nexus-style devices with the raw Android experience.

Google reportedly plans to give these Android Silver devices special marketing treatment, while offering a premium customer service experience.














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