Google Nexus 6
A concept design photo of Google Nexus 6.Concept phones

Nexus fans might not get to see Google's long rumoured Nexus branding smartphone, which will be replaced by Android Silver project, according to new report.

Over past few weeks, the code names of new Nexus devices have emerged on several occasions through leaks. This includes 'Flounder', which is believed to be Nexus 8, as Google uses fish names for its Nexus devices such as manta, tuna and hammerhead. Therefore, the next Nexus with codename Flounder is said to be Nexus 8.

Then appeared the Android 4.4.3 KitKat changelist, which hinted that Nexus 8 might be manufactured by HTC. There is also mention of a Google device codenamed 'Molly'. Following this, Nexus 6 and Nexus 8 have been spotted in the Chromium Code Review, reports XDA.

Although Google has not mentioned anything officially, the series of leaks indicates that Nexus 6 and Nexus 8 are on their way and could be released soon. However, the latest disclosure says otherwise.

Renowned Twitter leaker, Evleaks, has recently confirmed via Twitter that there will be no Nexus 6 and this might bring disappointment among users. Evleaks further noted that Google Silver is coming soon.

As for the availability, Evleaks confirmed that Android Silver project is expected in February 2015.

Speculation also hints that Google might replace Nexus with Android Silver line ups.

The web search giant has been rumoured to be working on a project that is internally known as Android Silver. To qualify for Android Silver status, a smartphone should run on the latest version of Android with no or very limited customisations and only five such handsets will be selected for the Android Silver status by Google.

It then appeared that Google will drop its four-year-old Nexus smartphones in favour of Android Silver programme.

The manufacturers and carrier partners will be paid to produce and sell high-end devices that adhere to Google's specifications.

Google will limit the number of third party apps that can be pre-installed on the Android Silver devices or, mandate the users to be able to uninstall the apps.