Jack Narcotta, an analyst at TBRI, weighs in: “Android Silver is more of a revamp of the Nexus program than it is about Google trying to exert more control over the Android ecosystem it's had a large hand in creating. Nexus devices are great and they represent what Android can be when mobile devices are saddled with bloatware.”
Narcotta expressed some concern about the Android “Silver” moniker instead of another premium name, such as “Platinum” or “Titanium”? “The name 'Silver' immediately makes me think Android lost a race and got awarded second place,” Narcotta said.
For me, “Android Silver” is the rare double negative in where silver intensifies the already second-rate implication of Android rather than negates it.