Truth be told, we’ve been afraid that this would happen ever since Google’s Ice Cream Sandwich announcement. Why? Because back then there was talk about the Nexus S getting updated to the latest version of Android, and within weeks of the Galaxy Nexus hitting the streets even, but no Googler even mentioned the Nexus One, the original Nexus device.
Still, for the past week there was hope. But today all of that is gone. The Google Nexus One will not be updated to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. Not officially, at least, since you know that there will be plenty of ICS-based custom ROMs for the device.
The information comes from Google’s Director of Android Product Management, Hugo Barra. He told the Telegraph that the Nexus One’s hardware is simply too old to run the new OS version.
We’ve thought about this long and hard, and there is only one possible culprit here – the low internal storage space. Because, while the Nexus One may have a first-gen (read:old) Qulacomm Snapdragon processor, that’s still clocked at 1 GHz, just like the one in the Nexus S, so it can’t be that much worse. The RAM amount is the same in both the Nexus One and Nexus S, and that’s pretty much all the hardware that actually matters in these cases.
We have a feeling that many Nexus One owners won’t like this at all, and for good reason. They were promised timely updates to future versions of the OS, and so far they got two. Which seems like a pretty low number. Also considering that the Nexus One isn’t even two years old at this point… people are bound to get upset. Unfortunately though, it’s not clear if they’ll have any other solution to this than either getting a new phone (and, obviously, Google would very much like that to be the new Galaxy Nexus), or running a custom ROM.
We’re still hoping that Mr. Barra was mistaken or misquoted, but to be honest the chances for either of those things having happened are pretty slim.
This begs the question – when will the Nexus S be cut off, update-wise? One may also wonder how Apple is able to update the iPhone 3GS, which is two and a half years old at this point, and has a measly 600 MHz processor, to iOS 5, whereas Google can’t pull off an update for the Nexus One which has a 1 GHz processor.
Anyway, the good news is that Mr. Barra has reiterated that the Nexus S will get updated to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich a few weeks after the Samsung Galaxy Nexus starts shipping. And apparently that means that Nexus S owners will definitely get the update before the end of this year.