As has been reported elsewhere, Google is expected to replace the Nexus-branded line of phones with a new line of premium phones dubbed ‘Silver.” Most people seem to expect that these will be Google branded and sold, as the Nexus phones have been. And, as LG has built several Nexus devices, many believe the first “Silver” phone will be based on the forthcoming LG G3.
But there is now information that may indicate both of those assumptions are wrong. There is reason to believe that the Silver branded phones may not be Google products at all, but products developed, branded and sold by multiple manufacturers to Google’s specifications. There are reports that Google is negotiating with multiple manufacturers to make Silver devices. Google has never seemed comfortable in the role of hardware retailer and support provider, and frankly doesn’t always do a very good job of it. It’s a business they would probably like to be rid of. And now comes word that Samsung has trademarked the name Silver Shine (TM).
Could Samsung be first to market with a “Silver” handset? Could the also rumored S5 Prime actually become the Samsung Silver Shine? It never made sense to me that Samsung would alienate its customers by releasing an updated phone with the same name as it’s current flagship so soon after releasing the S5. But if that premium handset is actually a Google “Silver” phone, it makes a lot more sense.
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