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No Android 4.2 update for Motorola XOOM Wi-Fi and Google Nexus S?

No Android 4.2 update for Motorola XOOM Wi-Fi and Google Nexus S?
"There is no support for 4.2 on Nexus S and Xoom. Those devices should continue using 4.1.2. I can’t comment about the future of Nexus S and Xoom, sorry."-Jean-Baptiste Queru, AOSP lead, Gogole
It's okay, you can shed a tear or two for the Motorola XOOM Wi-Fi and the Google Nexus S. According to Google’s AOSP lead Jean-Baptiste Queru, neither device will have support for Android 4.2. This means that the book is closed out for both of them with Android 4.1.2, which is what both devices will run until they no longer have the strength to boot up. Many users of the two devices are somewhat confused about this turn of events considering that both devices did manage to survive the initial update to Android 4.1, and the Android 4.2 update is not a major one by any stretch of the imagination.

The Google Nexus S was launched on December 16th, 2010 with Android 2.3. It subsequently went through an amazing seven updates (2.3.3, 2.3.6, 4.0.2, 4.0.3, 4.0.4, 4.1.1, 4.1.2). The device has a single-core 1GHz processor under the hood and only 512MB of RAM, and still was capable of handling all of the updates until now. It's hard to believe that someone who bought the device with a subsidy and signed a two-year contract still is under that contract for another month yet.

Android 4.1.2 is the end of the line for the Google Nexus S

Android 4.1.2 is the end of the line for the Google Nexus S

The Motorola XOOM Wi-Fi only version came to market June 23rd, 2011. It was loaded with Honeycomb, Android 3.0, and has lived through updates to Android 3.1, Android 3.2 Android 4.0, Android 4.0.4, Android 4.1.1 and Android 4.1.2.  After six updates, sadly, there will be no more for the tablet.

Hey, we're not saying that these devices are not useful anymore. As it stands, over 50% of Android devices in use are running a build of Gingerbread. What we are saying is that when the Android update train made a stop at Android 4.1.2, both the Google Nexus S and the Motorola XOOM Wi-Fi got off.

source: Phandroid

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posted on 14 Nov 2012, 05:31

1. PAPINYC (Posts: 2284; Member since: 30 Jul 2011)


What about XOOOOOOM 4G LTE?
Can we assume because of the 'Wi-Fi' specifier, the Verizon iteration will continue to receive updates??

posted on 14 Nov 2012, 05:52 8

3. thelegend6657 (unregistered)


On Verizon ? Forget about it

posted on 14 Nov 2012, 05:38 1

2. at0mNom (Posts: 8; Member since: 07 Oct 2012)


Ahh rest in peace Nexus S. I'm currently using it as my alarm clock since I upgraded to my S3 haha.

posted on 14 Nov 2012, 06:02 2

4. Aeires (unregistered)


Great phone that saw a lot of updates, it represented the Nexus concept well. For a phone that is two years old, it's still a solid device.

posted on 14 Nov 2012, 06:03

5. AlexYouOC (Posts: 52; Member since: 19 Jun 2012)


Thats EXACTLY what im doing too lmaoooo.... best alarm clock a guy could ask for. And to play around with Jelly Bean until my S3 finally gets it

posted on 14 Nov 2012, 06:31

8. thelegend6657 (unregistered)


The GS3 already have jelly bean ?

posted on 14 Nov 2012, 06:11

6. speckledapple (Posts: 879; Member since: 29 Sep 2011)


I have the xoom wifi and I have been pleased with the updates so far. JB is a really good OS so I am content with it until I upgrade to another tablet. Though I am concerned as the Nexus tablets all come without the sd card, which I actually like on the xoom. Either way, we will see.

posted on 14 Nov 2012, 06:15

7. blackspot (Posts: 102; Member since: 14 Nov 2012)


Juiced.

posted on 14 Nov 2012, 06:33 2

9. AndroidShiz (Posts: 145; Member since: 08 Nov 2011)


I'd love an S3 if it didn't muck up Android with its jittery touch wiz. Oh touch wiz and Sense how I loathe thee. Your contributions to lag and hiding real Android in a time were that is no longer needed since ICS, are legendary.

posted on 14 Nov 2012, 07:09 1

10. PapaSmurf (Posts: 8300; Member since: 14 May 2012)


If you've ever used an S3, you would know that lag in non existent, especially on Jellybean.

posted on 14 Nov 2012, 11:48

14. Reluctant_Human (Posts: 859; Member since: 28 Jun 2012)


And there are still a lot of us who can't say that since we are still waiting for the Jellybean upgrade.

posted on 14 Nov 2012, 07:20 2

11. thelegend6657 (unregistered)


I think this 2 devices are more than capable of running 4.2 , just that Google dont want to support it because they believe its not worth their time and most users moved on .
The Xoom has quite decent specs and Nexus S wasnt that bad either .

When i was mad at Google for not delivering ICS to Nexus one people say its because of lack of memory while these 2 devices have more than enough space . I thought a Nexus device is supposed to receive update forever unless the hardware cant run it .

Google cant abandon nexus devices like that , only Apple will dare to end support for the iPad 1 that wasnt really that old and are more than capable to run iOS 6

posted on 14 Nov 2012, 07:25

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


Does anyone know if if the European variant of the Samsung galaxy nexus is getting 4.2 yet? I hate it that we have to wait longer than the US for system updates.

Sent from my Samsung Galaxy Nexus

posted on 14 Nov 2012, 09:24 3

13. TylerGrunter (Posts: 922; Member since: 16 Feb 2012)


And now I finally got the excuse I needed to buy the Nexus 4!

posted on 14 Nov 2012, 11:50 2

15. Reluctant_Human (Posts: 859; Member since: 28 Jun 2012)


It's been a good run for my XOOM :'(

posted on 14 Nov 2012, 11:54

16. imkyle (Posts: 989; Member since: 18 Nov 2010)


The Xoom had a very good run. i think many were surprised when it got Jellybean

posted on 14 Nov 2012, 22:35

17. BadAssAbe (Posts: 434; Member since: 22 Apr 2011)


That will do Xoom, that will do.

RIP Xoom 2011-2012

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