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Google confirms that the Galaxy Nexus will not get Android 4.4

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Google confirms that the Galaxy Nexus will not get Android 4.4
Android 4.4 KitKat may be bringing better support for low-end and older devices, but that doesn't mean that Google is bringing the update to all of its Nexus devices. When Google announced the availability of Android 4.4, we noted that the Galaxy Nexus was not on the list of devices. Now, Google has confirmed that it will not be pushing the update to its two-year old device.

Interestingly, Google is citing the 18-month update policy as the reason why the Galaxy Nexus won't be getting the update. Google's support page says, "Galaxy Nexus, which first launched two years ago, falls outside of the 18-month update window when Google and others traditionally update devices." This makes sense, but it is also annoying given that Android 4.4 is supposed to make older phones run better. 

The 18-month update policy has made a bit of difference in the ecosystem, but of course manufacturers and carriers will exploit the loophole in the policy, which is that there is no real timetable as to when the update has to come, just that it has to. Either way, if you have a Galaxy Nexus, you may want to look into grabbing a Nexus 5, before they're all gone.

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posted on 31 Oct 2013, 14:54 7

1. mr.techdude (Posts: 492; Member since: 19 Nov 2012)


What, that's very odd, 512 ram devices are getting it, well hopefully but this 2011 beast is not getting it. Well it will be a mystery unsolved lol

posted on 31 Oct 2013, 14:57 11

2. Shatter (Posts: 1766; Member since: 29 May 2013)


The custom rom community will get it working.

posted on 31 Oct 2013, 15:23 3

12. Tsoliades (Posts: 185; Member since: 22 Dec 2012)


This. Installing a ROM is so easy on a Nexus.

posted on 01 Nov 2013, 05:54

48. ilia1986 (unregistered)


Installing a custom rom is easy on anything once you have root and custom recovery. :)

posted on 31 Oct 2013, 17:22 3

29. darkkjedii (Posts: 9316; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


Shouldn't have to be done by them.

posted on 31 Oct 2013, 21:50 4

39. Mxyzptlk (limited) (Posts: 2846; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)


Kind makes 4.4 redundant if it won't even support the Galaxy Nexus. It's fully capable of running KK.

posted on 31 Oct 2013, 22:00 3

40. DukeX (Posts: 327; Member since: 28 Aug 2013)


Shh don't tell ios fans about roms...

posted on 31 Oct 2013, 23:24

43. volcano321 (Posts: 20; Member since: 08 Aug 2013)


Apple provides more iOS updates, although with their drawbacks (forced upgrade/no downgrade).

posted on 01 Nov 2013, 00:41 4

45. Mxyzptlk (limited) (Posts: 2846; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)


Shh don't tell android fans about locked bootloaders

posted on 31 Oct 2013, 14:59 8

4. RoyalPayne (banned) (Posts: 458; Member since: 07 Aug 2013)


AAHAHAHAHA and its supposed to be optimized for low end devices! The bleeding edged tech of google at its best! =D
Even supported devices not getting the update on same day including googles own nexus series! WHAT A JOKEEE!!!!

posted on 31 Oct 2013, 15:24 2

13. Berzerk000 (Posts: 3660; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)


The Nexus S' support was ended support at 4.1, the Galaxy Nexus is getting dropped at 4.3. It's probably not even Google's fault, Texas Instruments got out of the smartphone SoC business, they probably just dropped support for the OMAP 4460 in the Galaxy Nexus. There's nothing Google can do.

posted on 31 Oct 2013, 22:41

42. JC557 (Posts: 704; Member since: 07 Dec 2011)


This^. I won't blame Google just yet until we get word otherwise about the situation. Chances are they would need update OMAP drivers. This is what got me soured on any nVidia Tegra chips after what happened to Tegra 2.

posted on 31 Oct 2013, 15:25 3

14. chrisbo5 (Posts: 31; Member since: 26 Jan 2012)


maybe google is still a business and want you to buy the latest model nexus? just a thought

posted on 31 Oct 2013, 18:07

31. flynfree (Posts: 373; Member since: 09 Jun 2013)


You said so! That's the reality.

posted on 31 Oct 2013, 15:31 1

17. NexusKoolaid (Posts: 257; Member since: 24 Oct 2011)


A lot of this probably has to do with lack of support from the chipset manufacturer. Several times in the past promises for updates had to be broken for this very reason. The G'Nex chipset manufacturer has left the phone industry, IIRC.

posted on 31 Oct 2013, 15:35

18. av911 (Posts: 107; Member since: 19 Nov 2012)


It was optimized for "new" low-end devices that's coming up.

"...bringing the latest goodies in Android 4.4 within reach for the next billion smartphone users."

posted on 31 Oct 2013, 15:12 1

9. Berzerk000 (Posts: 3660; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)


Maybe OMAP dropped support for the OMAP 4 series? That's the only logical reason I can think of. Oh well, at least Google kept their 18 month support promise.

posted on 31 Oct 2013, 19:08 1

33. Dingy_cellar_dweller (Posts: 178; Member since: 16 Mar 2013)


The Gnex not getting 4.4 proves that this low ram version of Android is not for old phones but for new cheap low ram phones.
No old phone will ever get an official 4.4 update.

posted on 31 Oct 2013, 20:00

35. Dingy_cellar_dweller (Posts: 178; Member since: 16 Mar 2013)


This means that only one old Nexus phone will get the 4.4 KitKat update, what a joke.

posted on 31 Oct 2013, 14:58 3

3. josephnero (Posts: 205; Member since: 16 Nov 2011)


it doesnt matter.it will get full 4.4 roms

posted on 31 Oct 2013, 15:00 1

5. D.Aceveda (Posts: 351; Member since: 30 Jun 2012)


Michael H, Am I the only one who noticed Google hasn't mentioned the N10....

posted on 31 Oct 2013, 15:10

8. Berzerk000 (Posts: 3660; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)


http://developer.android.com/about/versions/kitkat.html

Go down to the RenderScript Compute section, or just word search for Nexus 10, it says it will get 4.4 and even gives you a nice little graph on how performance has increased.

posted on 31 Oct 2013, 15:47 4

19. D.Aceveda (Posts: 351; Member since: 30 Jun 2012)


I meant the new N10....2013

posted on 31 Oct 2013, 15:01 4

6. ocilfa (Posts: 299; Member since: 03 Aug 2012)


Not surprised at all. The Galaxy Nexus does use a TI OMAP 4460 after all. Texas Instruments is out of the smartphone soc game, so I would imagine it being difficult to keep on supporting it with outdated drivers.

posted on 31 Oct 2013, 15:09

7. scriptwriter (Posts: 396; Member since: 13 Nov 2012)


Do you know, i was just thinking: Which will arrive first? My 32GB Black Nexus 5 or Android 4.4 Kitkat update for my Galaxy Nexus. Guess we all know the answer now. Disappointed.

posted on 31 Oct 2013, 15:14 1

10. medicci37 (Posts: 554; Member since: 19 Nov 2011)


I didn't know Nexus devices were only supported for 18 months. Should be at least 2 years. Especially considering Google for some reason went with Verizon to launch the Galaxy Nexus.

posted on 31 Oct 2013, 19:29

34. downphoenix (Posts: 2235; Member since: 19 Jun 2010)


yep, disappointing indeed. I dunno if it's even been with sprint the full 18 mos, can it get it on that technicality?

posted on 31 Oct 2013, 15:15

11. medicci37 (Posts: 554; Member since: 19 Nov 2011)


Guess I'm lucky my g Nexus didn't last longer than 18 months

posted on 31 Oct 2013, 15:25

15. roldefol (Posts: 2855; Member since: 28 Jan 2011)


18 months... but the Galaxy Nexus was discontinued less than a year ago. Doesn't make sense to me.

posted on 31 Oct 2013, 15:31

16. Berzerk000 (Posts: 3660; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)


18 months of software support, not 18 months of being sold. The Galaxy Nexus was updated from 4.0 all the way to 4.3, that's 21 months of getting updates (for unlocked users at least). It is a shame that it's being dropped, especially since 4.4 brought so much more optimization to Android, but it probably has something to do with Texas Instruments going out of the mobile SoC business.

posted on 31 Oct 2013, 16:04

23. roldefol (Posts: 2855; Member since: 28 Jan 2011)


Eh.. I guess. But again, that's 21 months of getting updates for early adopters. I'm sure there were plenty of people who bought the phone within that year on the market. I guess that's the risk you take buying an older device.

posted on 31 Oct 2013, 15:53 2

20. gallitoking (Posts: 4630; Member since: 17 May 2011)


18 months on a Nexus device... i wonder what is the timeframe on a non Nexus device, so owning a Nexus is no different than othe rmanufacturers. once your Android phones is eligible for an upgrade, guess what?... is also not supported by carrier, same as non Nexus devices... not much idderence between a Nexus and a non Nexus... wow.. waiting on fandroids to spin it in a different way... end result is the same...,

posted on 31 Oct 2013, 16:03 2

22. Berzerk000 (Posts: 3660; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)


At *least* 18 months on a Nexus. The Galaxy Nexus got 21 months. No matter how you think of it, Nexus devices are always better off than OEM-skinned devices in terms of update speed and number of updates.

Normal carrier branded OEM-skinned devices update process:

Google -> OEM -> Carrier -> Consumer

Unlocked OEM-skinned device:

Google -> OEM -> Consumer

Unlocked Nexus device update process:

Google -> Consumer

GSM carrier locked Nexus device:

Google -> Consumer

CDMA carrier locked Nexus device

Google -> Carrier -> Consumer

posted on 31 Oct 2013, 16:01 2

21. bubbadoes (Posts: 314; Member since: 03 May 2012)


So much for nexus device updates

posted on 31 Oct 2013, 16:09 1

24. .KRATOS. (Posts: 85; Member since: 15 Mar 2013)


If apple could bring upadte to the iPhone 4 which was released back in 2010, so could google also, it's not fair to cut the updates now on the galaxy nexus while the 4.4 could run on low end devices, come on Google do the right thing.

posted on 31 Oct 2013, 16:19

26. roldefol (Posts: 2855; Member since: 28 Jan 2011)


The difference is that Apple just stopped selling the iPhone 4 two months ago. It would be pretty shady if they stopped supporting the device immediately after dropping it from their stores. The GNex has been discontinued for 10-12 months.

posted on 31 Oct 2013, 16:14

25. Kjayhawk (Posts: 273; Member since: 07 Oct 2010)


So when the hell is Android 5.0 "Licorice" coming out its been like 4 hours!!

posted on 31 Oct 2013, 16:55 1

27. Klamba92 (Posts: 178; Member since: 25 Jun 2012)


Have to say really excited for 4.4 kitkat and still deciding if I should get the Nexus 5 as I have nexus 4 waiting to see if there is a significant difference in battery life! However this makes no sense to me that the gnex is not supported as kitkat is meant to optimized for lower 512 ram devices the only thing I could think is that is they dropped support for the ti omap processors? Maybe if we make enough noise they will update it because that policy of 18 months is bs, if that is the case then the nexus is not much different to other non nexus devices other than receiving updates from Google!

posted on 31 Oct 2013, 17:21 1

28. darkkjedii (Posts: 9316; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


That odd, aren't Nexus devices generally supposed to get the latest update? Kind of weird that this phone is already outdated, but that's how it goes.

posted on 31 Oct 2013, 17:48

30. wildfiregt (Posts: 66; Member since: 10 Jun 2013)


Dunno why people are so worried about the update, this is android not iOS. it will be available for everyphone as custom roms

posted on 31 Oct 2013, 18:43 2

32. darkkjedii (Posts: 9316; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


iOS support goes back 3 years +.

posted on 31 Oct 2013, 21:17

37. medicci37 (Posts: 554; Member since: 19 Nov 2011)


Yeah that's 1 area where Google should copy apple

posted on 31 Oct 2013, 21:40 1

38. vijaysivakula (Posts: 148; Member since: 17 Aug 2011)


Yeah. In bits and pieces.

posted on 01 Nov 2013, 09:30

53. wildfiregt (Posts: 66; Member since: 10 Jun 2013)


Apple brings you latest iOS version with half of its features

posted on 01 Nov 2013, 12:02 1

54. Ninetysix (Posts: 1072; Member since: 08 Oct 2012)


You want half or none at all?

posted on 31 Oct 2013, 21:13

36. medicci37 (Posts: 554; Member since: 19 Nov 2011)


Cause not everyone has a rooted g Nexus duh

posted on 31 Oct 2013, 22:15 1

41. Professor (Posts: 115; Member since: 02 Aug 2013)


That's a very but very big mistake for Google, You can update even an old Apple i-phone 4 phone with the latest OS. But you cannot install the latest Google OS not even in a Nexus 3 (Galaxy) phone... Oh i get it now. Because is just a number 3 phone. It has to be to number 4 and number 5 phones like the i-phones.

posted on 31 Oct 2013, 23:25 3

44. DigitalMD (Posts: 226; Member since: 17 Feb 2010)


For all you fools that thought Google Nexus would empower you to the latest and greatest Android releases...... up yours .....
Thanks Google

posted on 01 Nov 2013, 01:18

46. anirudhshirsat97 (Posts: 352; Member since: 24 May 2011)


Funny.... if this was iOS and some iPhone fully capable of handling the update was not getting it... their would have been much hooplah now. Hypocrites.
Galaxy Nexus not getting Kitkat is stupid. Shame on you google.

posted on 01 Nov 2013, 04:00 1

47. scriptwriter (Posts: 396; Member since: 13 Nov 2012)


The Galaxy Nexus is not being supported therefore making it an older device. Google, you f###ing hypercrits!!

posted on 01 Nov 2013, 07:32 1

49. marbovo (Posts: 479; Member since: 16 May 2013)


Petitionhttps://www.change.org/petitions/google-update-the-galaxy-nexus-with-android-4-4-kitkat#share

posted on 01 Nov 2013, 07:47

50. scriptwriter (Posts: 396; Member since: 13 Nov 2012)


signed.

posted on 01 Nov 2013, 07:47 1

51. marbovo (Posts: 479; Member since: 16 May 2013)


Here is Sundar Pichai google+ profile, llts send a message to him
https://plus.google.com/+SundarPichai/posts

posted on 01 Nov 2013, 08:40 1

52. GoGoGalaxyNexus (Posts: 30; Member since: 01 Nov 2013)


I just registered to phonearena to share the same link, please everybody, sign the petition

posted on 03 Nov 2013, 08:45

55. ThePython (Posts: 144; Member since: 08 May 2013)


Interesting how the three-year-old iPhone 4 with its single core 1GHz Cortex A8 processor and 512MB RAM was updated to the latest OS version...

And the two-year-old Galaxy Nexus with its dual core 1.2GHz Cortex A9 along with 1GB of ram is not [capable of running latest OS version].

Go home Google, you're drunk.

posted on 04 Nov 2013, 12:24

56. PorkyBurger (Posts: 139; Member since: 18 May 2013)


iPhone 4 was updated, but people say that it's really laggy, cause of the specs of the phone + its more like soaked down version of iOS 7.

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