No Android Ice Cream Sandwich for Google Nexus One owners

No Android Ice Cream Sandwich for Google Nexus One ownersIt was probably inevitable considering its age but the elder statesman of the Nexus family, the original Google Nexus One, is being cast into the wilderness by its tribe and refused Ice Cream Sandwich.

Confirmation has from a chap called Hugo Barra, Android's product management director, who told The Telegraph that the Nexus One is "simply too old to run the new operating system".

It's not completely impossible to run ICS on the older hardware - some devs have managed to do it, after all. But Google doesn't feel it can deliver the update 100% reliability, so it'll only be last year's Nexus S that gets a taste of ICS.

It's two years now since Google launched the Nexus One (how time flies), though for us in the UK it involved ordering via the net and then waiting for it to ship all the way from the US.

Of course, that handset was all but a HTC Desire in a different coat and just look at the debacle HTC had when it was debating whether it should release Gingerbread for the Desire earlier this year.

The Google Nexus One is still an incredibly popular handset among nostalglics and geeks with eBay now the only real place to source one (and commanding a fairly high price there too, we add.)

Having said that, if you bought the Nexus One two years ago, then chances are you'll be in line for an upgrade soon. If that's the case, the Samsung Galaxy Nexus should do quite nicely, plus it'll have ICS right out of the box.

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corgi74  Oct. 27, 2011 at 17:04

So Google have released an OS that won't work on a phone with a 1ghz CPU and 512mb RAM released in January 2010 as it's 'simply too old to run the new operating system".
Whereas Apple have released their latest OS which runs perfectly well on a phone with a 600mhz CPU and 256mb that was released in July 2009.
It seems to me that A) Google's programmers aren't actually that good. B) A lot of people who think their devices will be able to run ICS may be sorely disappointed.
Of course this has nothing to do with the early adopters of the Nexus One having their 2 year contracts coming to an end very soon and probably looking to upgrade (_;)

Stelph  Oct. 27, 2011 at 17:29

@corgi74 - It will be interesting to see what kind of backlash Google get for this, with apple when they cut the 3G out of iOS 4 there was a HUGE backlash with people (a lot probably not even owning iPhones) slating Apple.

That being said, its always been apparent that iOS was more resource friendly than Android, with Symbian and Meego seeming to be even more resouce friendly again

asd21  Oct. 27, 2011 at 21:09

Its probably a commercial decision. If HTC/Google updated all the phones then then it affects their product mix and is less of an incentive for people to upgrade, especially as their are so many new phones coming out so often.

With Apple, they only release 1 phone per year and have a loyal following. Their fans will upgrade, some will do it every year, some will do it after 2-3 years.

matt101101 / MOD  Oct. 28, 2011 at 11:48

It's likely nothing to do with:
a) The Processor
b) The RAM
c) Or Google trying to rip people off (not exactly Google's style is it?)

The crappy Adreno 200 GPU is probably the main issue here, it's ancient and slow. Even when it was newly released it was a slow GPU compared to Samsung's offerings for their Hummingbird chips. I somehow doubt the new extra pretty UI for ICS would play nice with an old Adreno 200...

corgi74  Oct. 28, 2011 at 17:16


Although I agree it may be the Adreno 200, it works fine in WP7 phones and that is a far more graphically intensive UI than Android.
I think the Android programmers are just being like PC programmers and rather than optimising the code they just up the minimum spec requirements.

matt101101 / MOD  Oct. 28, 2011 at 17:29

I though even the first WP7 devices used 2nd generation snapdragon processors, therefore had the Adreno 205 GPU, which is 2-3x more powerful than the Adreno 200...I may be wrong though, I'm no WP7 expert haha :D.

corgi74  Oct. 28, 2011 at 19:50

The Mozart, HD7 and Omnia all run 1ghz 8250 chips with Adreno 200 GPUs (according to Wikipedia)

matt101101 / MOD  Oct. 28, 2011 at 20:24

Well, they're even worse than I first thought then :/.


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