When Google(s goog) introduced Android 4.4 (KitKat) earlier today, it stressed the importance of fast performance on older devices. It seems odd, then, that this Spanish Google Support page uncovered by Engadget, explicitly says that Google’s two-year-old Galaxy Nexus will not receive an update to Android 4.4.
According to the page, last year’s Nexus 4 smartphone and the Nexus 7 and Nexus 10 tablets will all be receiving an update to KitKat in the coming weeks. Right below that is a section dedicated to the Galaxy Nexus, which says the phone will not be upgraded.
This seems to contradict the goal Google outlined earlier today, to help reduce Android fragmentation by making KitKat available on older devices. To that end, KitKat only requires 512MB of RAM to run. The Galaxy Nexus, by comparison, features 1GB of RAM and a dual-core TI (s txn) processor, which should make it more than capable of running the software, so it’s unclear why it won’t be upgraded.
The Galaxy Nexus had a nice two-year run, but for those that are still using it, this is surely disappointing news to hear.