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November 14, 2012

Nexus S and Xoom will remain on 4.1.2 says JBQ

On a recent post made on the Android Building group, Google AOSP Technical Lead Jean-Baptiste Queru broke the news that the Motorolla Xoom and Samsung Nexus S will not be updated to the latest version of Android.

Although JBQ didn’t clearly mention that this will be the end of the line for the said devices, the future isn’t looking so bright for these two ageing gadgets.

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What’s intriguing about it though is how one device can run Android 4.1.2 quite smoothly and not be upgraded to Android 4.2. This makes us wonder if the new features in the latest iteration are just too much for the Xoom and Nexus to handle or Google just didn’t want to spend too much effort in updating a 2-year old device.

As an owner of a Nexus S, I must admit that I’m rather disappointed about this news. But considering that my phone went from having Gingerbread (Honeycomb for the Xoom) to Android Jellybean (4.1.2), it isn’t so bad after all. It definitely had a good run, but maybe it’s time for me (or us) to move on and consider replacing our beloved Android gizmo. LG Nexus 4 and Samsung Nexus 10 perhaps?

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5 Responses to “Nexus S and Xoom will remain on 4.1.2 says JBQ”

  1. Arvin says:

    Yeah, it’s sad. I love my Nexus S but I guess I would have to update soon, but not too soon, I hope. I’m still hoping CM can support crespo until at least the first half of next year.

  2. Taz says:

    my nexus s is like 1.5 yo already got it from globe 1799 unlidata plan. dropped it many many times from like 6-5 feet but still working though I noticed its now lagging a bit. my fault though. Now I’m eying Nexus 4 from Smart. Nakakabaliw ang 3G ng Globe since May LOL!

  3. Tae says:

    OT

    @Taz

    kakapadisconnect ko lang sa smartbro (plug it) 2.5 years ako subscriber.

    1st year ang ganda ng service, pwedeng pwede pang dowlnload ng movies. ang panget ng service nila the last 1.5 years, mahirap kumonek, at pag nakakonek di naman makapagbrowse kahit na full ang signal (HSDPA/3G), at isa pa may cap ang smart.

    now on globe unli plan 1799, ok pa naman sya, 1 month palang ako sa plan eh. HD youtube videos mabilis magload, very minimal buffering. walang data cap.

    23 months to go…. hehehe

    kinukwento ko lang experience ko

  4. It looks like it’s that time again when members of the Nexus family are left behind. Apple and Microsoft for something that is going to be supported for awhile. Google/Motorola no appreciation for life cycle costs for a consumer/business. But I have such high hopes on Google androids.

  5. irv says:

    the nexus S has had a great run, getting two major updates (ICS and JB), while ‘flagship’ phones of other OEMs barely even get one, and often very delayed.

    sadly, it’s time to retire this fone. the single-core CPU and 512MB ram is really having a tough time handling today’s apps.

    the nexus s (and nexus one) showed us what Google can do with the nexus line of phones. and i can say i’m pleased with what i’m seeing. nexus 4 here i come!

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This article was written by Ronnie Bulaong, a special features contributor and correspondent for YugaTech. Follow him on Twitter @turonbulaong.

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