Samsung's Galaxy Nexus won't get an official KitKat update

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The Samsung Galaxy Nexus, one of the older devices in Google's Nexus program, won't be updated to Android 4.4 KitKat. Google says the phone is outside its 18-month window for updates.

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The Galaxy Nexus was released in November 2011 and debuted Google's Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich operating system. It has had constant updates since then and currently runs Android 4.3 Jelly Bean, but future official updates are out of the question.

In a FAQ on its support website, Google has released a very brief question and answer on the Galaxy Nexus. The phone won't be getting a KitKat update because at two years old, it's outside Google's support window for Nexus devices. The move has angered some owners — not least because the Galaxy Nexus remained on sale at various outlets until just over a year ago.

Engadget reports that sources "close to the company" have claimed that discontinued support from the chipmaker behind the Galaxy Nexus' processor, Texas Instruments, is to blame. Enterprising coders on the XDA Developers forums have ported the Android 4.4 KitKat OS to run on the Galaxy Nexus, though, but graphical glitches prevent it from being entirely usable.

Other Google devices are reaching the end of their officially supported lifespan soon, too; the Google Nexus 4 is currently a year old, and the first-generation Nexus 7 tablet has been available for just over 16 months.

Android 4.4 KitKat, which launched with the Google Nexus 5 last week, brings a raft of graphical and feature updates to the Android platform, including improved voice search and a unified instant-messaging and SMS app.

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Albalain posted a comment   

And they say the phone can even run on as minimal 512 MB RAM. What an another Google gimmick. This isn't good for my long term plan tight income. The bottom line is; I'm not going to trust anything Google such easily.


Will1505 posted a reply   

How is this a google gimmick? The galaxy nexus not being able to run 4.4 has nothing to do with RAM, its to do with the processor and that it is a two year old phone that got 4 OS updates already.


Im Batman posted a reply   

Agreed, Does sadden me a bit, i was looking forward to it.
Especially where they say that they intend Kitkat increase the number of compatible devices... and then they say they aren't going to include the Galaxy Nexus.

Noted that this will allow kit kat to be dumped onto all the cheap devices from Deal Extreme.

Agree in part with what Will is saying, that the ability of the process is waining.

This might be the push i needed to consider rom'ing the phone... i am pretty sure there are going to be a good number of compatible roms for it


ChristopherM2 posted a comment   

Most phones are available on 24 month plans. Why is 18 months the cut off point? Seems entirely arbitrary. Apple seems to do a decent job off keeping their older phones up to date- I fail to see the issue doing this yourself. Yes I get that there's hundreds of different phones that need assessment but the OEM really only has to work on a handful- if you have more than a handful of different phones you have an entirely different problem.

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