The news probably won’t come as a surprise to most, given the device’s aging internals, but Google has today announced that its original Android smartphone, the Nexus One, will not get its latest Android Ice Cream Sandwich update.
The Nexus S, the second-generation Nexus handset, will, however, get the update “within weeks,” according to Google’s Hugo Barra. But its predecessor will be left out, much to the disappointment of users who may still be stuck in a two-year agreement after bagging the device after its launch in January 2010. Barra told British broadsheet The Telegraph that the Nexus One is just “too old,” and cannot handle the Ice Cream Sandwich operating system.
“The operating system is thought through with the needs of the next three years in mind; it’s a wholesale revamp of the way people interact with the phone. It’s something we’ve designed for the masses; it continues to cater for power users really well but the entry level users will be able to use it really well too and make the phone their own.”
Google’s decision not to release Ice Cream Sandwich for the Nexus One will surely come as a disappointment to Nexus One users, but a phone that works seamlessly with an older OS is far greater than a phone that struggles to work at all for the sake of a few new features.
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