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A new Google service appears to be in the works that would introduce customers to a premium Android experience. If this program comes to fruition, it will allow Google to hand pick a set of Android handsets from different OEM's and market them to the public as a premium Android handset.

There have always been strong feelings in regards to the fragmentation issue in the Android ecosystem and while the situation has gotten better, there are still handsets that seem to lose support after a year or two. This program will attempt to unify the experience by creating a strict set of criteria that each "Android Silver" handset would meet.
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Finally, thank you Google.
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Nexus program's replacement?
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They were moving in the right direction with the Nexus program. Then another step with the Google Play Edition phones, although those come at a hefty price. I don't think we will ever truly see an end to the fragmentation problem. After all the point of android and open source is to make it your own and give you choice right?. Stock Android is great, but carriers lagging behind with Androids updates is not great. Lets get everyone on the same page with updates, then tackle design and aesthetics. Just my opinion.
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They were moving in the right direction with the Nexus program. Then another step with the Google Play Edition phones, although those come at a hefty price. I don't think we will ever truly see an end to the fragmentation problem. After all the point of android and open source is to make it your own and give you choice right?. Stock Android is great, but carriers lagging behind with Androids updates is not great. Lets get everyone on the same page with updates, then tackle design and aesthetics. Just my opinion.

GPE don't have hefty prices... they are just not subsidized. You just pay upfront rather than over time....
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While I'm sure this will make some people happy, I'm the type of person that feels realistically a smartphones lifespan is only about 2 years anyway. Similar to PC's the speed technology progresses is just so fast, it's best to plan on completely new hardware every 2-3 years.
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While I'm sure this will make some people happy, I'm the type of person that feels realistically a smartphones lifespan is only about 2 years anyway. Similar to PC's the speed technology progresses is just so fast, it's best to plan on completely new hardware every 2-3 years.

Even though I buy new stuff every year. I want to plan for a scenario where I cannot afford the upgrade due to expensive hardware, a loss of a job, bad economy, etc. If that is the case, I don't want to feel too handicapped because of old hardware. Sure it will be slow but I still want it to be useful.
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While I'm sure this will make some people happy, I'm the type of person that feels realistically a smartphones lifespan is only about 2 years anyway. Similar to PC's the speed technology progresses is just so fast, it's best to plan on completely new hardware every 2-3 years.

Flagship smartphone progression is slowly though as the technology becomes more mature and low-hanging fruit are picked.

Most companies have already started a pivot to the middle-tier and emerging markets as the areas of market growth.

Subjectively, I remember my HTC Evo feeling dated within a year.... My Samsung GS3 feels good enough 2 years later. My GS3 would have been able to run anything for the next year as well.... if it didn't just die!
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We all know the Note and galaxy line will be in it lol.
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Well that was disappointing i thought (from reading the title) Android Silver meant better quality assurance for the app store, or a separate market place for those who what premium content rather than shovel ware and cow clickers.
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