Sunday, December 4, 2011

Google won't upgrade Nexus One to Ice Cream Sandwich

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Summary: The latest update on Ice Cream Sandwich is good news for Nexus S owners, but bad news for those still holding onto a Nexus One.

When Samsung’s Galaxy Nexus launches later this month, it will herald the arrival of Ice Cream Sandwich, the latest version of Android. That’s exciting news, but for owners of Google’s now-ancient Nexus One there may not be so much to be excited about.

According to Google’s Product Management Director of Android Hugo Barra, the Nexus One is just too old to get the upgrade to the next version of Android. HTC released the phone in January 2010, making the phone just under two years old by this point. It was previously thought that Google would make an attempt to upgrade the Nexus One to Android 4.0, but apparently that’s not the case.

But good news for Nexus S owners: Google is confirming yet again that the device will see the upgrade to Ice Cream Sandwich. This time, Barra went further to specify a more concrete timeframe of “within weeks.” That would date it right around the the release of the Galaxy Nexus, which is scheduled for mid-November.


Ricardo Bilton writes for ZDNet's The ToyBox. His work has appeared in The Japan Times, The New York Observer, and The International Business Times, among other publications.

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