Galaxy Nexus owners petition Google's Sundar Pichai over Android 4.4 KitKat

Galaxy Nexus owners petition Google's Sundar Pichai over Android 4.4 KitKat
If you own a Galaxy Nexus from the not too distant 2011, then it's probably safe to say that you ain't having a lot of fun these last days. Google has officially announced that it's pulling the plug on the gNexus, citing its policy of not supporting devices older than 18 months (really, Google?). Seeing as how the Nexus 5 and its trusty sidekick, Android 4.4 KitKat, have been making headlines these past few weeks, it's only natural to see owners of Sammy's spin of the Nexus disgruntled.

One such owner has taken action onto the web, to ask for support for his petition to Google's Sundar Pichai with the hope that the head of Android will reconsider the finality of his decision and take the Galaxy Nexus for a last dance. The petition in question has received some near 14,000 signatures and over 3,400 comments that Max Duckwitz, the petition organizer, has printed and mailed to Mountain View.

Now, Mr. Pichai should have the petition on his desk in a few short weeks, which will hopefully prompt him to at least give a more merciful explanation as to why the perfectly capable hardware on the Galaxy Nexus won't be getting KitKat. Having said that, and as some of you have probably already come to understand, Android updates are a more complex (and expensive) issue than most of us care to entertain. Just look at US carriers, do you really think they purposefully want you to miss out on the new software, just because?  

Worse yet, the Galaxy Nexus runs on a Texas Instruments OMAP chipset, a platform that TI itself will need to update in order for it to run Android 4.4 KitKat. And you just know that this ain't happening. This means that while we sympathize with Galaxy Nexus owners and their predicament, it's unfortunately likely that Android 4.4 will remain out of reach.

source: Change

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  • Display 4.7" 720 x 1280 pixels
  • Camera 5 MP / 1.3 MP front
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  • Storage 32 GB
  • Battery 1750 mAh(8.33h 3G talk time)

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70 Comments

1. E34V8

Posts: 110; Member since: Dec 16, 2011

Android 4.4 Kit Kat - for everyone... almost. I like Google, I like Android, but this decision to leave Galaxy Nexus without 4.4 is one of the stupidest they have ever made. This is the hole point of owning a Nexus device. And I had a Galaxy Nexus - it's capable of running 4.4 (HD Screen, 1gig of RAM, capable SoC...). Just think, the crappy iPhone 4 got iOS7. Yes, some things are missing, but Apple updated it.

5. LetsBeHonest

Posts: 1548; Member since: Jun 04, 2013

Android Kit Kat is said to run fluid even on phones with low as 512MB Ram. SO.......??? no excuse Google just update it.

14. apple4never

Posts: 1064; Member since: May 08, 2013

its called..........................a custom rom............... for those who didnt know

23. 1701nino unregistered

Yeah,but there are some people that don't know or do not want to risk getting their device bricked.I have an nexus 4 and an ipad,i thought having a "nexus" device will cover me at least 2,5 years.If this is the case with my nexus 4 i'm going back to apple. P.S. i know how to install a custom rom but i don't whant a custom rom that's why i bought a freakin nexus phone!!!

39. NexusPhan

Posts: 632; Member since: Jul 11, 2013

The reason you bought an unlocked developer phone was *not* to install a custom ROM. Wait, what?

44. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

I agree that Nexus devices are popular between developers, but not only developers like it since Nexus devices are very nice devices. :) Also not necessarily those who install custom ROMs are developers or even know how to code.

46. NexusPhan

Posts: 632; Member since: Jul 11, 2013

I don't know the first thing about coding. For the Galaxy Nexus you download a program to your computer and click one button and you are rooted and unlocked. Next step, go to the market and download a ROM installer. You now have a customer ROM installed. Yay!

53. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

Do you even read my comment before responding?

47. 1701nino unregistered

First of all nexus isn't just a "developer" why would be only that,it's for all people who want a great spec phone with VANILLA android for an OK price.And plus all of that google "should" update the nexus line first.

60. ayephoner

Posts: 858; Member since: Jun 09, 2009

i would say this is not indicative of the nexus experience. the gnex was a flop, especially the carrier branded ones. i think google learned a lot from what they did wrong with the gnex and fixed that with the N4. you can see in the article that one big hurdle is working with TI and getting them to support a processor that is 2 years old. which is another great point here. buy brand new phones and don't expect them to last much longer than 2 years.

77. noteseries

Posts: 80; Member since: Oct 29, 2013

i agree

45. NexusPhan

Posts: 632; Member since: Jul 11, 2013

You know nothing about what is required for Google to update the Galaxy Nexus. Hint. It's has nothing to do with Google.

50. 1701nino unregistered

Don't be a fanboy,don't believe to everthing they say, if TI doesn't wana update the drivers for gnexus then google with all of their resources should make the freakin drivers.Customers don't wan't excuses,they wan't solutions.

67. caustictoast

Posts: 31; Member since: Aug 07, 2012

Google probably doesn't have access to the drivers. They're probably proprietary and can't be touched by another company without jumping through a lot of hoops. It's not and excuse when they say these things. There's almost always a reason behind it

76. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

Companies can't keep up with all their products. Google has to maintain the Nexus 4 & now the Nexus 5. The Galaxy Nexus had a GREAT run but it's now time to move on up & get a more current model. The phone is over 2 years old now. It's DEFINITELY showing it's age now. What should Google keep the Nexus S going also? Where do we draw the line?!? It's more than fair I think. +1

19. tiara6918

Posts: 2263; Member since: Apr 26, 2012

Instead of manufacturers copying some features from Apple, why don't they copy Apple's strategy of giving out updates. That's what I hate with android, they stop giving support after some time and your device becomes obsolete while iPhones are very future proof although there is fragmentation, you get the new ui, etc

72. god996

Posts: 34; Member since: Oct 27, 2013

You know, it's much easier for Apple to update their phones, because they don't have lots of them. It'd be just stupid if they wouldn't. Android market is spammed with cheap phones and it's no surprise that manufacturers don't update them because it would take lots of time. But still I have to agree with you,they should better make less cheap phones and focus more on updating existing ones.

34. akki20892

Posts: 3902; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

Google want you to upgrade galaxy nexus to Nexus 5 that's why they didn't give android kitkat 4.4 for galaxy nexus. it calls monopoly.

61. Knicknevin

Posts: 154; Member since: Mar 18, 2011

I have a Gnex, and I would love it to be updated. but its a matter of efficient use of resources. I don't hold it against google for this. the Gnex is an old device, 2 years old! that's nearly ancient for tech. we'll probably get some portions through the app updates, but I don't expect to see 4.4. Then again, I'm on verizon and still haven't seen 4.3. *note to self, root*

70. NexusKoolaid

Posts: 493; Member since: Oct 24, 2011

Before you start crying foul and criticizing their decision making on this consider that this may not have been an arbitrary decision. I tend to think that if it were entirely up to them. Consider the case of the HTC One-S. HTC promised a software update for the phone but then backtracked. People flung all kinds of hate and anger at HTC, only for it to come out later that it was Qualcomm that pulled the plug... http://androidandme.com/2013/07/news/lack-of-support-from-qualcomm-forced-htc-to-pull-one-s-android-4-2-update/ Having said that, I believe the company that made the Google's chipset has left the market segment, so the situation for the Galaxy Nexus may be the same. TBO that's purely speculation on my part - nothing official has been released. Point is that until something official is said it may be unfair to be pointing fingers.

71. MobileNico

Posts: 96; Member since: Aug 26, 2012

If Apple is the only alternative in order to get updates for 2+ years, I'm sticking with Google. What matters more? Having the latest features (of which the iPhone 4 is missing most) or having an OS that does what you want? What other company has a 2011 device on 4.2 or 4.3, let alone plans for 4.4? It's not as simple as just releasing the update for our phones, because I'm running a source-built KitKat ROM right now. Trust me, there are problems that Google would have to sort out before releasing it, most notably the OpenGL issue (little graphical glitches during transitions and animations), which without TI's cooperation, may prove difficult. It's not the RAM, the phone can surely handle it. It's the drivers/optimization. Which costs money to make happen. Google has lots of it I know. I'm just sure they would rather spend it making new awesome phones for half the price of their competition. Dude, I'm just as sad about this as the next GNex user. I'd rather have official KitKat than the custom ROM I'm running, but I understand that it's not just Google involved here.

2. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

For once an article discussing the lack of an update to a phone points out the biggest problem: the effort and expense, especially for carrier versions, of issuing a software update.

3. splus

Posts: 166; Member since: Nov 26, 2011

As a Gnex owner and someone who was thinking of getting a Nexus 5 I can only say that I'm not going to get another Nexus ever again. I got a Nexus BECAUSE of early and long lasting updates! Being dumped after only 18 months on a Nexus is like a knife in my back. If my phone can't handle the new version then perfectly OK, but it perfectly can.

59. terabyteRouser

Posts: 457; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

The Galaxy Nexus was officially released October 19th, 2011. It has been longer than 18 months—actually roughly 2 years. I don't think Google is being unreasonable by not updating the Galaxy Nexus. CPU technology generally has a life cycle of about 2 years due to Moore's Law.

62. PBXtech

Posts: 1032; Member since: Oct 21, 2013

GNex saw every update from 4.0 to 4.3, two years worth of support. I'm not really sure why people can say it wasn't supported properly. The biggest issue was Verizon, which Google wasn't happy about either, so blaming this on Google is ridiculous.

63. stillthisguy unregistered

You say the GN can perfectly handle 4.4, but fail to do your research. There are a few 4.4 roms out for the GN and they all suffer with issues of glitch video. The SoC drivers would need to be updated from TI to work with 4.4 OS, so no, the GN in it's current state, cannot handle 4.4 perfectly.

4. boosook

Posts: 1442; Member since: Nov 19, 2012

The decision is stupid mainly because it is now clear that even the Nexus 4 and Nexus 5 could face the same destiny and be abandoned after only 18 months. Since updates are the major selling point of the Nexus line, it's a very stupid move from Google.

6. Jason2k13

Posts: 1471; Member since: Mar 28, 2013

meanwhile probably 90% of the people who owns a galaxy nexus, allready has a new phone after 2 years, and just wants this update for the sake of just wanting to update their old phones.

7. gofmarat

Posts: 7; Member since: Nov 05, 2013

To be honest, I think that Google should have updated not only the Galaxy Nexus but the Nexus S which has 512MB of Ram when one of the main features of 4.4 is the support for lower end/lower memory devices. I know that these things do cost money for Google, but this move would have made THE biggest point to the support of 512MB devices argument, it would have also made Android users more loyal to the echo-system hence increase revenue for Google and would decrease the feelings of inferiority Android users have over the Iphone 4 getting IOS7.

21. NexusPhan

Posts: 632; Member since: Jul 11, 2013

No. The point of support 512MB phones is not to support old phones. It's to support cheap future phones. Google shouldn't waste their resources on an unlocked developer phone that can, with extreme ease, get 4.4 with a custom ROM.

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