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Google Nexus S won’t be upgraded to Android 4.2

Neither will the Motorola Xoom
Wed Nov 14 2012, 13:49
Samsung Galaxy Nexus Screen

MOBILE SOFTWARE DEVELOPER Google has revealed that its 2010 Nexus phone, the Samsung Nexus S, won't be upgraded to Android 4.2 Jelly Bean.

The bad news comes from Google's technical lead for the Android Open Source Project (AOSP), Jean-Baptiste Queru, who has revealed on Google Groups that Android 4.2 Jelly Bean won't be released for the Nexus S or Motorola Xoom.

He said, "There is no support for [Android] 4.2 on Nexus S and Xoom. Those devices should continue using [Android] 4.1.2."

This means, despite Google's promise that its Nexus devices will be the first to receive the latest Android updates, that the Nexus S will miss out on all the new features found in Android 4.2 Jelly Bean. This includes Google's new snazzy Photo Sphere panorama mode, Android's new screensaver mode Miracast and the reworked Swype-like keyboard.

It's still unclear whether this means that the Nexus S and Motorola Xoom won't receive any further updates, such as the next iteration of Android codenamed Key Lime Pie. Google has yet to respond to our request for comment.

Still, in better news, reports are saying that Android 4.2 Jelly Bean is lined up for Google's latest generation Galaxy Nexus smartphone and its 7in Nexus 7 tablet. µ


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