Android Silver reportedly put on hold, employees unsure if it would be successful

By Shawn Knight ยท 5 replies
Sep 16, 2014
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  1. The future of Android Silver, Google's rumored premium support initiative for its mobile operating system, is in jeopardy. The program has been put on hold with some inside the company questioning whether or not it would be successful if launched...

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  2. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TS Guardian Fighter Posts: 9,715   +3,696

    And if they don't launch, they will never know. At least they have a conscience, that wouldn't have stopped MS.
  3. psycros

    psycros TS Evangelist Posts: 1,870   +1,289

    More like "business acumen" rather than conscience..although a bungled product rollout certainly doesn't help employees much, so maybe there's an ethical factor in their calculations. It really comes down to one question: will people have to PAY for this premium Android experience? If so then its probably unwise. Android's biggest advantage is its low cost of support for carriers. However, Google would clearly like to be directly updating Android just like Apple does rather than having to jump through carrier hoops to do so. And the main reason those hoops exist is because carriers don't want devices that are more than a year old getting updated - planned obsolescence is how they sell new phones, which means contract renewals. Still, with three out of four devices sold running Android that's a lot of leverage to force carriers to play along.
  4. wastedkill

    wastedkill TS Evangelist Posts: 1,423   +350

    " scuttlebutt" LOOOOOL!
  5. Jad Chaar

    Jad Chaar Elite Techno Geek Posts: 6,515   +974

    Yeah definitely, they need to launch in order to determine if it will work or not.
  6. axiomatic13

    axiomatic13 TS Addict Posts: 145   +75

    As long a Google keeps making the Nexus line I am happy.

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