A little something called Android Silver is tipped to come along next year and tie together the whole high-end flagship/Nexus device/Google Play Edition thing, and consequently some rumour pedlars reckon that means the end of the Nexus brand as of, well, now.
But nope, straight from the horse’s mouth, we’re told you need the new software version and the device; you can’t have one without the other.
That’s the story over on readwrite, which relays words from Dave Burke, who just so happens to be the head of Android engineering – and the Nexus program.
“When we are working, there are sort of two outputs. We’re building a Nexus device and we’re building the open source code,” explains Dave.
“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.”
It’s interesting that Dave says “device” singular. The consensus at the moment is that the Google Nexus 6 won’t happen (LG is pleading ignorant), but that we’ll see a Google Nexus 9 tablet (codename Volantis) from HTC.
As for next year, Dave says: “Android Silver is not something that we are commenting on right now.” Ok, so, Android Silver is a thing. Gotcha.