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Nexus One put out to pasture: No Android 4.0

I knew this day would eventually be here, but it still saddens me: According to The Telegraph, Google’s Hugo Barra has said that the Nexus One smartphone won’t officially gain the Android 4.0 upgrade. That means no Ice Cream Sandwich features and updated user interface for my faithful (but dinged up) Nexus One(s goog). Unofficially, of course, there’s every reason to believe that my 22 month old handset will get a third-party port.

My Nexus has seen at least 100 custom ROM flashes, so one more is no big deal, especially if the hardware itself can handle it. I initially figured that Google’s Ice Cream Sandwich software would require a dual-core processor, but that’s not the case. Google will be bringing Android 4.0 to the Nexus S, which like my Nexus One, uses a single-core CPU.

The biggest internal difference between the two Nexus phones is actually in the storage capacity. My Nexus One has a scant 512 MB of internal memory, of which only 190 MB is available for application storage. In contrast, the Nexus S has 16 GB of storage, with 1 GB considered internal storage and the remaining 15 GB as external / USB memory. A third-part port of Android 4.0 then, could be a tight squeeze on the Nexus One.

This is just another sign that it might be time for me to let go of the ol’ Nexus. I hung on to it mainly because as a Google phone, it was often the first to see Android update — directly from Google itself, not from the carriers. Now that it won’t, and considering there are far more advanced Android phones available — yes, I’m looking at you Samsung Galaxy S II and Galaxy Nexus — I’m planning moving on to a new Android phone.

So long, Google Nexus One. Thanks for the ride and for showing me how Android has matured from a clunky touchscreen user interface to something far more useful and usable. Your dessert-named software always satisfied my tastes.

11 Responses to “Nexus One put out to pasture: No Android 4.0”

  1. I’ve had my N1 since July 2010 and it works fine. The only attraction for me upgrading to any phone would be increased memory and a larger screen (4 in. would be fine). Honestly, what need would I have for a dual core (less battery life), NFC laden (not available in U.S.), 4G (battery drain) phone? But such is the tech cycle. I’m guessing by the time the Galaxy Nexus is available on AT&T we’ll be in 2012.

    Oh, how pure will the ICS be? In other words will I have to pay add’l to tether which isn’t the case for me? If so, I can see myself staying with my N1 for quite a while…

  2. Oh, that is sad news, I was thinking of keeping My N1 for next few years. :((( Reason, I don’t still find any reason to change as long as I get software updates. Only additional feature I see in new phones is NFC support, that is still not explosive enough to entice me to buy new ones.

  3. A month ago I bought a HTC Sensation 4G, and I like practically everything about it … except the battery life. I do not access the data / internet that much, and I still need to charge it during the day. I only hope that Ice Cream Sandwich will be available for it when it is released.

  4. I read this article from my Nexus One which is still faithfully in service. I’m definitely more attached to this phone then I have been to any other – a distinction which previously belonged to my Treo 650.

    She’s had a good run, but in today’s world it is time for consumer electronics enthusiasts to upgrade. Galaxy Nexus for me.

  5. I’ll be more than happy to help you get rid of it. I’ll even pay for the shipping :D
    And for those who say 22 months of support from Google is not enough: my Motorola Defy has seen exactly 2 official software updates: one minor and one major(2.1 TO 2.2) and seems to be stuck forever with Froyo. And not even CM7 can save us, since it’s not decently bug free yet :(

  6. 22 months. Wow technology is just zooming forward. But I sense in your sadness a hint of relief. You just have to get a new smartphone. After all ICS just can’t work on your old device.

    It wouldn’t be fun if we had to “keep” our personal gadgets for 5 years … now would it ;) And BTW, I am upgrading a Galaxy S (I) and without a doubt I am going with the Note too whenever that happens in Canada (including ICS).

  7. Vi Matson

    By going to another Android, you are saying that this behavior is acceptable, it is not! This issue is like Google’s insistence to not let users download the entire US map database, thus impacting a limited expensive resource…wireless data!

  8. I am with you man. I am with you. Sad day for us true loyalists. Now I am debating if I want a “cheap” Nexus S and hold on to it until they bring out a bigger screen iPhone, or if I want to go all out and make the Galaxy Nexus my phone for the next two years. Choices, choices… At least I narrowed it to two.