When we were listing out the Android phones which would receive the Android 4.4 update, the Nexus 4 from LG was easily included as that was the latest Nexus smartphone before Nexus 5 launched today. But the question about the update for the Samsung Galaxy Nexus was in our minds just like for many of our readers. Finally, Google says a clear “No” for an update to the Galaxy Nexus.
Here’s what the Google support says:
Is Google releasing Android 4.4 as a system update for Galaxy Nexus?
No, Galaxy Nexus phones won’t be receiving the update for Android 4.4 (KitKat).
Why isn’t Galaxy Nexus receiving the update to Android 4.4?
Galaxy Nexus, which first launched two years ago, falls outside of the 18-month update window when Google and others traditionally update devices.
So, that’s the 18-month update window set by Google earlier and they are following that perfectly. Good for those who follow the rules, disappointing for those who expected more from their 2-year old device. The other recent Nexus devices are going to get the update very soon. These include Nexus 4, Nexus 7, & Nexus 10 which were all launched last year and thus have not crossed the window period.
The Nexus 5 that was launched a few hours back, would be coming with the Android 4.4 pre-installed and to take the full advantage of the new OS version, one should go for the Nexus 5, especially for the pricing as well as for the specifications which justify a lot. Powered with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor under the 4.95-inch full HD display, and having 2GB of RAM says quite a lot already.
The exclusion of Galaxy Nexus from the list of smartphones to get the update would hit badly for those who used to compare it with the Apple devices, as Apple sends updates to at least the 3 generations of devices, and thus even the iPhone 4 (before iPhone 4s, 5 and 5s) is able to install the latest iOS version, i.e. iOS 7. But Google still does it right as the Android 4.4 might not be well supported, and it won’t be wise to use a new OS version just for the sake of it, although it doesn’t deliver what it does in the newer devices.
It’s the Android 4.3 KitKat version which was recently sent to the Galaxy Nexus devices, and that would remain as the major OS version in the Galaxy Nexus till it’s working fine.