Google Nexus S and Motorola Xoom to remain on Android 4.1.2

Google Nexus S and Motorola Xoom to remain on Android 4.1.2We were saying yesterday that Jelly Bean (Android 4.2) had materialised for the Samsung Galaxy Nexus and Google Nexus 7 tablet.

However, two Nexus chaps being left behind to rot (bit melodramatic, sorry) are the Google Nexus S and the Motorola Xoom (it had a fishy codename).

The Samsung-built Google Nexus S (not to be confused with the Samsung Galaxy Nexus) is almost two years old now, so it’s had a pretty decent run to be fair. It was the Gingerbread (Android 2.3) flagship on release.

As for the Motorola Xoom, it’s only a few weeks younger, and was the first semi-official Nexus tablet.

Both the Google Nexus S and Motorola Xoom were swiftly updated from Ice Cream Sandwich (Android 4.0) to Jelly Bean (Android 4.1) in June, but Android 4.1.2 marks the end of the road for the pair.

It’s not clear at this stage if there are technical reasons for the snub, or if it simply wasn’t worth the effort (to put it bluntly).

In any case, the Google Nexus S and Motorola Xoom will miss out on, uhm, Photo Sphere – the 360-degree panorama thingy, Swype-esque Gesture Typing, and user accounts for tablets. Not the end of the world, eh?

Do you own a Google Nexus S or Motorola Xoom? How do you feel? Bothered?

via: Google

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ML22  Nov. 14, 2012 at 18:00

Slightly Put off by this. Had a galaxy Nexus S that I just broke and was considering buying a new one, however if they're going to stop updating it, doesn't sound like its worth it.

matt101101 / MOD  Nov. 14, 2012 at 18:51

Not really an issue, IMO. There can't be too many Nexus S' still around and the Xoom was never a Nexus device anyway (that and it was utter crap). Also, 4.2 isn't that much of a change over 4.1.2, I guess this is a matter of whether it's worth updating ageing devices and not a matter of insufficient hardware.

Stelph  Nov. 14, 2012 at 23:11

Its always a shame when a device gets droppped, tho for android its never really an issue as as long as the device was popular there's usually a strong support for custom ROMs, unlike iOS and windows phones which will just be ditched

lutin  Nov. 15, 2012 at 10:56

In terms of new functionality in 4.2, there's really not much there that can't be installed on to a 4.1 device. I have photosphere and the 4.2 running on my Note II which is running 4.1.

The keyboard is ok, but I'll stick with swiftkey.
Photosphere is very nice, but has a limited number of use cases.


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