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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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posted on 31 Oct 2013, 16:04

23. roldefol (Posts: 4327; 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: 4720; 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: 4275; 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: 1152; Member since: 03 May 2012)


So much for nexus device updates

posted on 31 Oct 2013, 16:09 1

24. .KRATOS. (Posts: 333; 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: 4327; 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: 293; 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: 210; 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: 22054; 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: 167; 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: 22054; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


iOS support goes back 3 years +.

posted on 31 Oct 2013, 21:17

37. medicci37 (Posts: 1287; 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: 224; Member since: 17 Aug 2011)


Yeah. In bits and pieces.

posted on 01 Nov 2013, 09:30

53. wildfiregt (Posts: 167; 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: 2460; Member since: 08 Oct 2012)


You want half or none at all?

posted on 31 Oct 2013, 21:13

36. medicci37 (Posts: 1287; 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: 214; 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: 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.

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: 658; 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: 658; 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: 58; 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: 897; 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: 585; 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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