Google confirms that the Galaxy Nexus will not get Android 4.4

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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GALAXY Nexus
  • Display 4.7" 720 x 1280 pixels
  • Camera 5 MP / 1.3 MP front
  • Processor TI OMAP4460, Dual-core, 1200 MHz
  • Storage 32 GB
  • Battery 1750 mAh(8.33h 3G talk time)

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56 Comments

1. mr.techdude

Posts: 571; Member since: Nov 19, 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: May 29, 2013

The custom rom community will get it working.

12. Tsoliades

Posts: 228; Member since: Dec 22, 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. :)

29. darkkjedii

Posts: 31280; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Shouldn't have to be done by them.

39. Mxyzptlk unregistered

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

40. DukeX

Posts: 327; Member since: Aug 28, 2013

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

43. volcano321

Posts: 20; Member since: Aug 08, 2013

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

45. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Shh don't tell android fans about locked bootloaders

4. RoyalPayne

Posts: 458; Member since: Aug 07, 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: 4275; Member since: Jun 26, 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: 1919; Member since: Dec 07, 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: Jan 26, 2012

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

31. flynfree

Posts: 374; Member since: Jun 09, 2013

You said so! That's the reality.

17. NexusKoolaid

Posts: 493; Member since: Oct 24, 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 unregistered

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: 4275; Member since: Jun 26, 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: 339; Member since: Mar 16, 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: 339; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

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

3. josephnero

Posts: 782; Member since: Nov 16, 2011

it doesnt matter.it will get full 4.4 roms

5. D.Aceveda

Posts: 432; Member since: Jun 30, 2012

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

8. Berzerk000

Posts: 4275; Member since: Jun 26, 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.

19. D.Aceveda

Posts: 432; Member since: Jun 30, 2012

I meant the new N10....2013

6. ocilfa

Posts: 334; Member since: Aug 03, 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: Nov 13, 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: 1361; Member since: Nov 19, 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: 3165; Member since: Jun 19, 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: 1361; Member since: Nov 19, 2011

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

15. roldefol

Posts: 4744; Member since: Jan 28, 2011

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

16. Berzerk000

Posts: 4275; Member since: Jun 26, 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.

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