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?
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.

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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Posts: 2315; Member since: Jul 30, 2011

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

3. thelegend6657 unregistered

On Verizon ? Forget about it

2. at0mNom

Posts: 8; Member since: Oct 07, 2012

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

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.

5. AlexYouOC

Posts: 53; Member since: Jun 19, 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

8. thelegend6657 unregistered

The GS3 already have jelly bean ?

6. speckledapple

Posts: 902; Member since: Sep 29, 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.

7. blackspot

Posts: 102; Member since: Nov 14, 2012


9. AndroidShiz

Posts: 154; Member since: Nov 08, 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.

10. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

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

14. Reluctant_Human

Posts: 913; Member since: Jun 28, 2012

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

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

12. scriptwriter

Posts: 396; Member since: Nov 13, 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

13. TylerGrunter

Posts: 1544; Member since: Feb 16, 2012

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

15. Reluctant_Human

Posts: 913; Member since: Jun 28, 2012

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

16. imkyle

Posts: 1114; Member since: Nov 18, 2010

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

17. BadAssAbe

Posts: 507; Member since: Apr 22, 2011

That will do Xoom, that will do. RIP Xoom 2011-2012

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