Google confirms that the Galaxy Nexus will not get Android 4.4
0. phoneArena 31 Oct 2013, 14:49 posted on
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...
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1. mr.techdude (Posts: 569; 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
2. Shatter (Posts: 2036; Member since: 29 May 2013)
The custom rom community will get it working.
12. Tsoliades (Posts: 218; Member since: 22 Dec 2012)
This. Installing a ROM is so easy on a Nexus.
48. ilia1986 (unregistered)
Installing a custom rom is easy on anything once you have root and custom recovery. :)
39. Mxyzptlk (Posts: 7203; 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.
43. volcano321 (Posts: 20; Member since: 08 Aug 2013)
Apple provides more iOS updates, although with their drawbacks (forced upgrade/no downgrade).
45. Mxyzptlk (Posts: 7203; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)
Shh don't tell android fans about locked bootloaders
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!!!!
13. Berzerk000 (Posts: 4201; 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.
42. JC557 (Posts: 1247; 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.
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
17. NexusKoolaid (Posts: 373; 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.
18. av911 (Posts: 175; 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."
9. Berzerk000 (Posts: 4201; 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.
33. Dingy_cellar_dweller (Posts: 214; 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.
35. Dingy_cellar_dweller (Posts: 214; Member since: 16 Mar 2013)
This means that only one old Nexus phone will get the 4.4 KitKat update, what a joke.
3. josephnero (Posts: 510; Member since: 16 Nov 2011)
it doesnt matter.it will get full 4.4 roms
5. D.Aceveda (Posts: 390; Member since: 30 Jun 2012)
Michael H, Am I the only one who noticed Google hasn't mentioned the N10....
8. Berzerk000 (Posts: 4201; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)
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.
6. ocilfa (Posts: 334; 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.
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.
10. medicci37 (Posts: 1127; 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.
34. downphoenix (Posts: 2818; 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?
11. medicci37 (Posts: 1127; Member since: 19 Nov 2011)
Guess I'm lucky my g Nexus didn't last longer than 18 months
15. roldefol (Posts: 3345; Member since: 28 Jan 2011)
18 months... but the Galaxy Nexus was discontinued less than a year ago. Doesn't make sense to me.
16. Berzerk000 (Posts: 4201; 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.
23. roldefol (Posts: 3345; 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.
20. gallitoking (Posts: 4704; 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...,
22. Berzerk000 (Posts: 4201; 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
24. .KRATOS. (Posts: 205; 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.
26. roldefol (Posts: 3345; 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.
25. Kjayhawk (Posts: 293; Member since: 07 Oct 2010)
So when the hell is Android 5.0 "Licorice" coming out its been like 4 hours!!
27. Klamba92 (Posts: 209; 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!
28. darkkjedii (Posts: 16287; 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.
30. wildfiregt (Posts: 138; 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
37. medicci37 (Posts: 1127; Member since: 19 Nov 2011)
Yeah that's 1 area where Google should copy apple
53. wildfiregt (Posts: 138; Member since: 10 Jun 2013)
Apple brings you latest iOS version with half of its features
36. medicci37 (Posts: 1127; Member since: 19 Nov 2011)
Cause not everyone has a rooted g Nexus duh
41. Professor (Posts: 200; 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.
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 .....
46. anirudhshirsat97 (Posts: 408; 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.
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!!
49. marbovo (Posts: 658; Member since: 16 May 2013)
51. marbovo (Posts: 658; Member since: 16 May 2013)
Here is Sundar Pichai google+ profile, llts send a message to him
52. GoGoGalaxyNexus (Posts: 37; Member since: 01 Nov 2013)
I just registered to phonearena to share the same link, please everybody, sign the petition
55. ThePython (Posts: 643; 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.
56. PorkyBurger (Posts: 517; 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.