Galaxy Nexus owners around the world are outraged by the news that the Samsung-designed device won’t get the Android 4.4 KitKat update, and they’re not taking it lying down. A petition on change.org asking Google to reconsider its decision has over 15,000 signatures and is already on its way to Android and Chrome head Sundar Pichai’s desk.
Pretty much every other Google device—including the Nexus 4, 7, 10 and the Google Play editions of the HTC One and Galaxy S4—will get Android 4.4 KitKat in the next few weeks. The company says the Galaxy Nexus isn’t being included because of its age. Google promises to support Nexus devices for 18 months, so the device’s November 2011 launch means it will be left out in the cold.
The petition won’t reach Google HQ for several weeks, and even then there’s no guarantee Galaxy Nexus owners will get the update. If you own Samsung’s popular Nexus smartphone and you need Android 4.4 KitKat there are just a few options left: hold out hope that Google will reverse its decision, upgrade to a new handset, or try putting a custom ROM on your phone.