Sorry Nexus One! No ICS For You
The Nexus family… Google’s flagship line of devices has always been at the helm when it comes to getting official updates. According to a tip that we just got by XDA member joshman99, there was an official announcement by Google where they said that the aging Nexus One would not be receiving an Ice Cream Sandwich update due to it not having the necessary hardware to run it properly. I personally find this a bit ironic, considering that the Nexus One was the first device to get a port of the new OS within a couple of days of the SDK being released. There may be options that will likely become unusable like gyroscope dependent applications and probably a few others, but quite frankly unless the Galaxy Nexus is oddly equipped with some radical modifications in the hardware specs, there should be no reason for this OS to not run properly on that device.
This is one dance to which xda-developers has been dancing to since the Blue Angel days. “Oh, the Blue Angel will never be able to support Magneto (WM5) as its hardware is obsolete and will not be able to withstand it.” Sound familiar? That was back in 2005 right before the release of WM5, and a few months later, the OS was running smoothly on the Blue Angel. And to this date (almost 6 years later), the BA can still be updated to the latest WM builds. The case for the N1 is no different to this or any other device that has a place on this site. The hardware will and does support ICS. I mean, there is a fully functional port (well, not fully functional as it is taken from the SDK, but you know what I mean), and unless I am mistaken, if hardware was indeed a limiting factor on the ability of this device to use this OS, why does it boot? All the things that are broken on it right now are either kernel related. So, what is your excuse now, Google? Why drop support for the N1. I can see and understand the sales aspect of it as an older device that can support updates will likely mean diminished sales as people will be hesitant to buy a new device if the old one works just as well.
Do you think that Google should look at this thread and take their statement back? I personally think they should…
You can find the full article at The Telegraph.
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Thanks joshman99 for the tip!