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Galaxy Nexus Won't Get Android 4.4 KitKat

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Google has said those with the Galaxy Nexus won't get Android 4.4.

Today was a good day for Android fans. Unfortunately, those of you with a Galaxy Nexus can kiss your KitKat flavored dreams goodbye. Google has confirmed that the less than two-year-old phone won't be getting Android 4.4.

Engadget points to Google's Nexus support pages, which state that the Galaxy Nexus won't be getting the newest breed of Android. Oddly enough, this isn't just a case of the Galaxy Nexus's name being left off the list of devices that will receive the update. Instead, Google goes out of its way to single out the Galaxy Nexus.

Google, as far as we can tell, doesn't have minimum hardware requirements for Android 4.4. Even so, the company made a big deal about the fact that KitKat can run comfortably on 512 MB of RAM and the Galaxy Nexus has twice that. Of course, you could always get around this sad fact by rooting your device and running a custom Android 4.4 ROM. If you don't want to do that and desperately want KitKat, there isn't much you can do beyond buying a new phone. Unless you want KitKats of the chocolate variety. You can still buy those, no matter what phone you have. You could probably get a great deal on them tomorrow, too.

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    jdog2pt0 , October 31, 2013 5:40 PM
    It's funny, I just purchased that phone the other day. I'm not worried though, given enough time the big players, CWM, AOKP, Paranoid Android, etc will make a 4.4 release, and we'll get it.
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    teh_chem , October 31, 2013 5:47 PM
    Well, that's okay, 4.4 is supposedly centered around video-delivery vs. adding anything functional.
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    house70 , October 31, 2013 6:04 PM
    It's better like this, honestly, I wouldn't want a crippled 4.4 update (only in name, not in features), the kind Apple gives it's older iPhones (they change the name, but cripple the actual OS features).
    Besides, there will be more 4.4-based ROMs out there than you could shake a stick at (sic!).
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    Verrin , October 31, 2013 6:51 PM
    The Nexus phones are at least some of the best supported phones by third party ROMs, so I'm certainly not worried. She's not out to pasture just yet.
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    alextheblue , October 31, 2013 7:50 PM
    For those just joining us, a quick recap of the first four posts:

    "It's Google, so I'm giving them a pass."
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    the1kingbob , October 31, 2013 8:13 PM
    I agree, I had a Nexus S 4g and I stopped getting updates at 4.2 (or 4.1 I can't remember) even though the updates didn't really require anything more on the hardware side (the ROM community provide this with some great releases). I really don't understand why they didn't allow the update then, just like how I don't understand why the galaxy nexus isn't getting the update now. If Google plans on dropping support for phones after 2 years then they should come out and say it. It is very confusing for consumers to hear about how awesomely efficient the new platform will be, how it will run on more phones than the previous version (4.3), and then stop support phones that run the more hardware hungry version. Shame on Google... I just hope my N4 gets updates until at least this time 2015.
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    ikefu , November 1, 2013 12:42 AM
    I guess its time to trade mine in for the LG G2 which looks pretty sweet. I'd go with a Nexus 5 but unfortunately Verizon screwed up and is the only carrier that will probably never get a nexus again. Boo.
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    Bill Reinhardt , November 1, 2013 4:41 AM
    I'm still perfectly happy with my Gnex. Currently running Cyanogenmod and have no real reason to upgrade (especially since I still have Verizon unlimited data, its basically contraband now). I want to fight the good fight and keep unlimited data for as long as i can!
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    ninjustin , November 1, 2013 5:32 AM
    I'm a little dismayed about this from a security perspective but Google seems to be releasing so many of their apps via the play store. I think the new launcher and hangouts will make me happy until CM has an update.
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    g00fysmiley , November 1, 2013 5:47 AM
    using a galaxy nexus myself, this dissappoints me a litte... though since I already rooted it when sprint did not push the upgrade for 4.3 its less of a big deal to me as i will install 4.4 soon as i can get the files to do so. makes me wary abotu buying another nexus device though I was going to buy the nexus 5 in a few months not i probably won't, i blamed sprint for not updating my nexus to 4.3 which they released the update for but sprint and verizon did not push it to customers this time though it is a fault of google and the nexus line, oh well, i wanted a larger water resistant phone anyway and the sony z1 ultra looks good
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    g00fysmiley , November 1, 2013 5:56 AM
    not to sound like an apologist to google but it appears this may be due to problems with the TI chipset, TI (Texas Instruments) stopped thier mobile dept a while back and this might explain it, less sketchy and makes the nexus 5 look like it might be a viable option again as i doubt lg is going anywhere... still wary if that is just an excuse
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    amk-aka-Phantom , November 1, 2013 7:32 AM
    "Galaxy Nexus Won't Get Android 4.4 KitKat"

    Yes, it will. It's called Cyanogenmod (or any other custom distro) and everyone who's using it couldn't give less of a damn about Google's/carrier's/manufacturer's update policy. Why do we tolerate such BS on phones? Imagine MS saying you can't install Windows 7/8 on your 2-year-old PC the hardware of which is perfectly capable of handling it? Go install Cyanogenmod or other distro ASAP and forget about this nonsense update drama, I'm running Android 4.3 on my SGS1 and it's awesome.
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    the1kingbob , November 1, 2013 7:47 AM
    It makes me a sad to read these comments. Nexus people are sounding more and more like Apple people. Google is a huge company with incredible talent. It should be not be much trouble, and if it is that doesn't matter, to release the update. Upgrades are one of the main reasons for buying a Nexus device, besides price. I could understand not moving phones before the Nexus S, but the Nexus S forward are perfectly capable of handling these updates. Google says they want to prevent fragmentation with one hand and creates more with the other! They are sending the message to other vendors that phones that aren't even 2 years old should be dropped and no longer supported. I understand, as I personally use custom ROMs, that the ROM community is doing a fantastic job on developing for these phones, but consumers shouldn't have to resort to that processes (although pretty easy) to get the latest updates for their phones. I just don't understand why they won't continue to support these devices and I don't understand why so many people are allowing one of the biggest names in the tech industry a slide.
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    ioconnor , November 1, 2013 7:54 AM
    It's a way to force more sales. Google doing evil again.
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    ssalim , November 1, 2013 7:59 AM
    "Google, as far as we can tell, doesn't have minimum hardware requirements for Android 4.4"
    What?
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    stevejnb , November 1, 2013 8:05 AM
    Quote:
    Well, that's okay, 4.4 is supposedly centered around video-delivery vs. adding anything functional.


    This would be a nice update for a phone with hdmi output though which, I'll admit, I have no idea whether the Nexus has. I like the direction this is going though - tiny little devices that can act as a media hub plugged into a much larger system.

    Quote:
    For those just joining us, a quick recap of the first four posts:

    "It's Google, so I'm giving them a pass."


    Heh, no kidding. But that's the way of it - Google gets away with stuff like this while other companies get crucified for similar things - both Windows Phone and Apple have been raked through the coals over lack of back support for some of their updates. They're the "cool kid" in the school right now and, it seems, will continue to be so.
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    Be0wulf22 , November 1, 2013 8:09 AM
    Gee, I'd always heard only Apple did this cr@p.
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    adamovera , November 1, 2013 12:14 PM
    Quote:
    not to sound like an apologist to google but it appears this may be due to problems with the TI chipset, TI (Texas Instruments) stopped thier mobile dept a while back and this might explain it, less sketchy and makes the nexus 5 look like it might be a viable option again as i doubt lg is going anywhere... still wary if that is just an excuse


    That's actually the first thing I thought of when I read this headline. This phone's TI CPU is probably why it'll have a shorter-than-usual shelf-life, it already cannot run a lot of the newer apps and benchmarks.
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    Vladislaus , November 1, 2013 1:03 PM
    Quote:
    not to sound like an apologist to google but it appears this may be due to problems with the TI chipset, TI (Texas Instruments) stopped thier mobile dept a while back and this might explain it, less sketchy and makes the nexus 5 look like it might be a viable option again as i doubt lg is going anywhere... still wary if that is just an excuse


    So could you please explain to me how come only the maguro variant of the Galaxy Nexus got updated to 4.3, while all other variants got stuck at 4.2.

    The same thing also happened to the Nexus One and the Nexus S.
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    g-thor , November 1, 2013 2:08 PM
    Well, I don't give Google a pass on not supporting the Galaxy Nexus, especially without giving any kind of reasonable explanation.

    I bought a Nexus phone because I wanted to stay up on the OS - and that's the only reason I chose it. So why would I choose another Nexus now? Google has broken the promise, broken that social contract with me, so how can I trust them going forward?

    Yes, I know that they actually dumped the update responsibility with the Galaxy Nexus on Samsung (at least here in Canada), but that is not an excuse and it definitely isn't a reason.

    I would have considered the Nexus 5 before, but now, why bother. They may decide not to include it when Android 4.5 comes out.
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