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Google Nexus One not getting ICS, but Nexus S will in a few weeks

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Google Nexus One not getting ICS, but Nexus S will in a few weeks
It looks like Apple isn't the only company that wants to push older handsets into obsolescence. As we've covered before, the mobile industry moves fast, and if software is going to keep up with hardware, companies need to make older handsets incompatible with newer software. The newest victim is the original Nexus device the Google Nexus One. 

Android Product Manager at Google, Hugo Barra, recently told the Telegraph that the Google Nexus One will not be getting the official update to Ice Cream Sandwich because the hardware is simply too old. It's something we could have predicted last year with the introduction of the Nexus S, of course. The Nexus devices have always been used as examples of features Google wants to see pushed in the Android ecosystem. The Nexus One pushed an AMOLED screen and faster CPU, the Nexus S pushed NFC, bigger internal storage and a more powerful GPU, and the Galaxy Nexus is pushing higher res screens. The Nexus S that was the telltale sign that the Nexus One would be pushed out this year. We're pretty sure that Google was trying to prep the ecosystem with better GPUs to be able to make way for ICS, which needs the GPU for to make the UI and animations as smooth as possible.

Of course, that all means that the Nexus S will easily be able to use ICS, and Barra also confirmed that update would be making it out to Nexus S users in a few weeks. Granted, that is assuming there aren't any troublesome bugs like Gingerbread had with the random reboot, which caused the update to be delayed.

We'd also like to point out the use of the word "official" when talking about the Nexus One update to ICS, because we've already seen very early alpha ROMs of ICS running on the Nexus One, so it's very likely that Cyanogen and other developers will be able to get it running well enough. Still, if you want ICS on your Nexus One, you're going to have to root.

source: Telegraph

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posted on 26 Oct 2011, 12:12

1. jackhammeR (Posts: 1548; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)


the same story as with desire and gingerbread.
HTC - pure magic and software updates on demand:]

posted on 26 Oct 2011, 12:19 2

2. gotti88 (Posts: 101; Member since: 06 Jul 2011)


thats just dumb as heck!!!

posted on 26 Oct 2011, 12:19 1

3. JordanCox (Posts: 21; Member since: 17 Apr 2011)


What about the Atrix? Who thinks the first Atrix and the Atrix 2 will get ICS?

posted on 26 Oct 2011, 12:23 4

5. terabyteRouser (Posts: 457; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)


This is precisely why I'm getting the Nexus over the HTC Rezound and the Motorola Droid RAZR. The uncertainty of Android updates with these other manufacturers is maddening. Although, a true RGB 720p screen from HTC and the sleek design of the RAZR is tempting, I need my timely updates.

posted on 26 Oct 2011, 12:41 1

14. ygswagg11 (Posts: 8; Member since: 26 Oct 2011)


i agree with you100% you aint never lied razr looks nice and htc rezound but all in all GALAXY neXus will be the better option updates is a big must. whoever dont go with pure google devices needs to be aware that dont get mad when it takes forever for u too to get this recent updates do to manufactuer's if u have a upgrade go nexus u wont regret f**k the design and looks go with nexus for timely updates......and this phone is properly tuned for ICS the htc sense and moto skin slows the entire os down

posted on 26 Oct 2011, 12:45 1

17. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5711; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)


the Razr is "properly tuned" as well being that they both use the same processor and i'm willing to bet that Motorola is going with the approach they're making with their Honeycomb customization with ICS on their devices.

http://phandroid.com/2011/10/11/motorola-spyder-droid-razr-and-xoom-2-captured-in-the-wild/

posted on 26 Oct 2011, 14:55

47. drodro (Posts: 5; Member since: 26 Oct 2011)


I think the Razr uses the slightly older and weaker CPU - OMAP4430. The Galaxy Nexus has the 4460. Not sure if this will make a difference in performance.

posted on 26 Oct 2011, 12:41 1

15. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5711; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)


Motorola is actually really good about software updates. i don't doubt that the Razr will get ICS before the year is over.

posted on 26 Oct 2011, 12:47

18. terabyteRouser (Posts: 457; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)


They already announced that it would be released Q1 2012.

posted on 26 Oct 2011, 12:48 1

19. arcq12 (Posts: 733; Member since: 13 Oct 2011)


i agree but if you are a root user and prefers custom roms, it doesnt matter.. any of the 3 phones you mentioned are more than welcome..

posted on 26 Oct 2011, 20:32

78. cheeseycheeser (Posts: 413; Member since: 24 Mar 2011)


Since Google is buying Motorola AND the RAZR and Galaxy Nexus share extremely similar processors, I'm not too worried about updates :)

posted on 28 Oct 2011, 20:18

84. choupino (Posts: 69; Member since: 28 May 2011)


Of Course they will get it.

posted on 26 Oct 2011, 12:21

4. terabyteRouser (Posts: 457; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)


Good article

posted on 26 Oct 2011, 12:24

6. arcq12 (Posts: 733; Member since: 13 Oct 2011)


so i guess phones that are similar to Nexus One won't be getting it huh.. hopefully not..

but i guess as long as xda is here, up to date softwares are here to stay.. =)

posted on 26 Oct 2011, 12:28

7. Muhannad (Posts: 455; Member since: 20 Sep 2011)


In Google I/O 2011, Google said that they would support updates for every Android device up until 16 months after their release.

posted on 26 Oct 2011, 12:30

8. networkdood (Posts: 6330; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)


Crap, I guess that will exclude the captivate, so I guess I really do need to get SGS2.

posted on 26 Oct 2011, 12:39 2

11. MichaelHeller (Posts: 2705; Member since: 26 May 2011)


That's not quite right. Google said at I/O that it was making it part of the Open Handset Alliance agreement that manufacturers push software updates within 18 months of its release. That clause just recently went into effect.

posted on 26 Oct 2011, 13:51

30. remixfa (Posts: 14255; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


the clause is for devices going forward, not retro compatable.

ND,
Samsung said that all 9xxx devices will be getting ICS, including the original SGS1 phones. Just dont hold your breath that its coming soon officially.. hopefully samsung leaks out the builds for ICS like they did for gingerbread to get around carrier slowdown.

posted on 26 Oct 2011, 15:24

49. MichaelHeller (Posts: 2705; Member since: 26 May 2011)


If the Nexus S is getting ICS, it seems obvious that the Galaxy S would get it, since they are relatively the same device.

posted on 26 Oct 2011, 16:07

60. remixfa (Posts: 14255; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


there are minor differences, but not many. hopefully XDA will work on a port shortly after the nexusS gets it. :)

posted on 26 Oct 2011, 12:33 4

9. RORYREVOLUTION (Posts: 3109; Member since: 12 Jan 2010)


I can't say I'm surprised this isn't getting ICS. It got gingerbread at least and most people who bought the original nexus can now upgrade to the galaxy nexus

posted on 26 Oct 2011, 12:40 3

13. MichaelHeller (Posts: 2705; Member since: 26 May 2011)


That's my plan

posted on 26 Oct 2011, 13:20 2

26. Goldeneye (Posts: 419; Member since: 22 Jan 2011)


Exactly! Just because you got a Nexus device don't expect Google to support it forever come on! Is reasonable to get a new device

posted on 26 Oct 2011, 16:18

67. arcq12 (Posts: 733; Member since: 13 Oct 2011)


come on the device is under 2 years old, and not everyone got it on its exact release date.. it's unfair for Google not to update it.

posted on 26 Oct 2011, 15:25 2

50. The_Miz (Posts: 1496; Member since: 06 Apr 2011)


I am considering the iPhone 3GS got iOS5. I don't really see any excuse for Google not to push ICS on the Nexus One.

posted on 26 Oct 2011, 15:30

53. arcq12 (Posts: 733; Member since: 13 Oct 2011)


agreed..

posted on 26 Oct 2011, 15:57 2

55. protozeloz (Posts: 5396; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)


The main argument is about storage, the nexus has a puny 512Rom to hold your new OS, gingerbread already make that space really small so ICS might just simply not fit on the storage.

Now when you see the number of updates both the iPhone 3SG and the Nexus Got you see this

iPhone 3GS
-iOS3
-iOS4
-iOS5
-Still On Sale

Nexus One
-Cupcake
-Froyo
-Gingerbread
-Discontinued

posted on 26 Oct 2011, 16:06

58. arcq12 (Posts: 733; Member since: 13 Oct 2011)


i dont think this matters because the Nexus One is still under 2 years of age.. and 3GS is like half a year older than Nexus One..

posted on 26 Oct 2011, 16:12

63. protozeloz (Posts: 5396; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)


1)the 3GS has more storage so it can fit a huge OS on its internal memory.

2) Google had a faster update rate, now it seems to be calmed down a bit. so if instead you got One huge OS update a year you will see the nexus one getting one more update

posted on 26 Oct 2011, 16:21

71. arcq12 (Posts: 733; Member since: 13 Oct 2011)


Apple knows that if they run the full blown iOS 5 like what you see on iP4s on iP4 and 3GS, it wont work as flawless as it should. What Apple did was they cut down the features and stuff on iP4 and 3GS so the new OS will run smooth. Google could've done better.

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