SOFTWARE DEVELOPER Google has announced it is rolling out Android 4.0.4 to the GSM versions of the Nexus S and Galaxy Nexus smartphones.
Google's Nexus range of smartphones has been plagued with fragmentation despite being used as showcase Android devices. Now Google says it is shipping Android 4.0.4 to GSM versions of its Nexus S and Galaxy Nexus smartphones while leaving the LTE versions of both phones on older Android 4.0 releases.
According to a Google's posting on the firm's Google+ social network, it has already started to roll-out Android 4.0.4 to the Nexus S and Galaxy Nexus GSM devices along with Motorola's Xoom WiFi tablet. It also said more devices will receive the update in the coming weeks, but it didn't name any specific devices or reveal a schedule.
Google said the update will bring stability improvements and smoother screen rotation, and it made a vague statement about "better camera performance", an area in which the Galaxy Nexus has been widely panned.
Google's decision to include the Motorola Xoom WiFi tablet in the list of devices that will receive Android 4.0.4 first might be seen as an indication of how the firm is starting to favour Motorola devices. While the two Nexus units are made by Samsung, it is widely expected that they will receive updates first due to the Nexus branding, but the Xoom's inclusion is something of a surprise.
Google had pulled a previous Android 4.0.3 update for GSM Galaxy Nexus users late last year, yet LTE users of the same device were able to upgrade. That was yet another graphic illustration of the fragmentation that plagues the Android smartphone market. µ
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