One of the perks of Nexus smartphones, in addition to generally being quite wallet-friendly these days, is the lure of lengthy software support, what with the stock Android and what have you.
Alas, that’s not the case with the Samsung Galaxy Nexus. Now just two years old, Google has confirmed that the handset won’t be updated to KitKat Android 4.4.
The announcement was quietly made on an official support page titled Android 4.4 (KitKat) update for Nexus devices.
While Google reiterates its promise of delivering the KitKat Android 4.4 update to the Nexus 4, Nexus 7 and Nexus 10 “in the coming weeks”, there’s no such promise for the Samsung Galaxy Nexus.
Instead, a deathblow: “Galaxy Nexus will not be receiving the Android 4.4 update. For more information about Galaxy Nexus, visit the Nexus Help Center.”
Clicking on the link provided, Google further explains: “Galaxy Nexus, which first launched two years ago, falls outside of the 18-month update window when Google and others traditionally update devices.” Ouch.
Of course, that explanation won’t be enough to satisfy faithful owners of the Samsung Galaxy Nexus, who’ll inevitably want to know why. One suggestion is the Texas Instruments processor, with the chaps recently moving out of the mobile sector.
In any case, it’s all eyes on the independent community. We wouldn’t be surprised to see KitKat Android 4.4 coming to the Samsung Galaxy Nexus in an unofficial capacity.