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Galaxy Nexus Will Not Receive Android 4.4 “Kit Kat”

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For the most part, today is a day of cheer and joy in the tech world. Whenever Google announces a new version of Android and a new Nexus phone, we can’t help buy throw our own little party. But if you happen to own a Galaxy Nexus, and plan to hang on to it for a while longer, you’ll be disappointed to learn that the phone will not be updated to Android 4.4 Kit Kat.

According to the official Google support page for Nexus devices, only the Nexus 4, Nexus 7 and Nexus 10 will see the update to Android 4.4 outside of the Nexus 5 (which is already running it). The G-Nex has officially been retired. 

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Update:  Keep in mind that the Galaxy Nexus runs a Texas Instruments OMAP processor, and TI isn’t really in the mobile game anymore. Can be difficult to support a device when the chipset manufacturer isn’t really around. This is tough news to swallow for many of you, but the phone is now two years old.

Via:  Google Support

Cheers Marco!

  • zaimthedream

    That is such a shame on google called a device named nexus but not recieving a new droid. Such a shame on google its too bad that who believe google coorp. That is sucks

  • XboxOne

    Galaxy Nexus owners – upgrade or don’t complain.

  • NeedName

    XDA now has 4.4 running on the Galaxy Nexus. . . So, stop saying it’s TI’s faulT!!!! Google simple doesn’t want to support devices after 6 months from end of sales. . . end of story!!

    Pretty sad how many google apologists there now are. . . feeling a lot like ifans these days. They are both corporations that SUCK!

  • Saber.t

    Spread the word, tell people about the petition, share it on GooglePlus, Twitter, Facebook and whatever else you can use! https://www.change.org/petitions/google-update-the-galaxy-nexus-with-android-4-4-kitkat

  • donkeykong85

    honestly, if i am going to get a phone and only have it for 2 years i am probably going to get iphone – i will actually get apple updates and google will give me great app support and probably better app support than they give android (ie maps and hangouts)

  • Tyler Lane

    as much as it sucks, im okay with this. the phone is starting to show its age and agreed on the fact that if the chipset manufactor isn’t supporting it anymore.. I’m hoping to upgrade to a nexus 5.

  • James Hill

    It’s still a good phone, just not good compared to anything released in the last 12 months.

  • rogerdanielpaul

    I wonder if this means Nexus 4 owners wont be getting an official 5.0?

  • GNex

    Unacceptable, say so here …
    The online petition calling for Google to update Galaxy Nexus with Android Kitkat https://www.change.org/petitions/google-update-the-galaxy-nexus-with-android-4-4-kitkat

  • Catalin

    I was thinking of getting the Nexus 5 and leaving the Galaxy Nexus to my wife. But if Google’s commitment to Nexus devices is only 18 months, then I’ll have to reconsider. F*** you, Google and your “Android for all” crap!

  • the galaxy nexus won’t get android 4.4 because it carries a chip made by Texas Instruments, a company that no longer produces mobile silicon

  • Marsg

    So Google isn’t supporting the Galaxy nexus anymore and Verizon isn’t getting the Nexus 5 or 4, i hate to say it but im stuck in a tough situation where im really considering the iPhone 5S, if i get a HTC One which was promised to get the update within 90 days, i will be getting a device with older hardware, which i don’t like, LG and Samsung haven’t said anything about update plans but knowing their track record i wouldn’t expect it any earlier than this time next year when 5.0 will be showing up. I really liked the 4.4 and nexus 5 announcement, but for someone in the same situation as me it was very disappointing.

    • donkeykong85

      the iphone will continue to get updates for the next 3 years…even if they are just partial its still support. google really needs to make sure companies that use its software adhere to this.

  • edmicman

    My wife’s iPhone 4S (purchased same time as my nexus, and it was out for awhile before that) got iOS 7 the day it was released. Any chances the VZW Gnex will get 4.3 at least?

    • donkeykong85

      this is where apple shines.

    • LANCE

      the binaries are available on the developers site, so its more than likely being tested now

  • Seriously? Screw Google. The only reason I use Android is because it’s least awful mobile OS out there. But this total betrayal. The GNex was marketed as a long term support, flagship device, and it’s EOLed after less than 2 years? So what, we’re supposed to spend (on average) $350/year on phones now? This is ridiculous. Google has stabbed its early adopters and loyal fans in the back at every turn.

    PSA Mountain View: when you sell a flagship device, you line up long term supply chain support. This news shows that Google has no idea how to run a hardware business. Even Apple does far better than this.

  • Johnny Whales

    Well you can still root the phone and install the future CM10.3 🙂

  • Blaine Harris

    why are people upset, i don’t get it… verizon gnex. cm 10, cm 10.1, cm 10.2, cm 11… i don’t remember getting any of google’s or verizon’s images, yet i’m still up to date… CTFO

    • donkeykong85

      yes but we do not have radios for 4.3 and there all sorts of data drop issues because of it.

  • Luke Thomas

    It’s only a matter of time before my Gnex is rocking 4.4 😉

  • Brandon Hoffman

    They created a petition to get the galaxy nexus 4.4 so if you want to sign up maybe we can fix the issue https://www.change.org/petitions/google-update-the-galaxy-nexus-with-android-4-4-kitkat#share

    • the galaxy nexus won’t get android 4.4 because it carries a chip made by Texas Instruments, a company that no longer produces mobile silicon..

  • Brian Tibbetts

    It’s as if the Gnex was no nexus at all, which is definitely what it felt like sometimes. I’ve moved on to the LG G2 and am stoked about it even one month in.

  • tech247

    Time to let the GNEX go guys. Laid mine to rest a month ago. It was just getting slower and slower….

  • Bobby Phoenix

    What about the Nexus S? They said no to the Nexus, and yes to 4, but what about S?

  • jmasterj

    Quoted from the source: “Galaxy Nexus, which first launched two years ago, falls outside of the
    18-month update window when Google and others traditionally update
    devices.” So this is likely the last update for the original Nexus 7.

  • steve

    I thought kk was suppposed to be geared towards updating older phones…what total b.s.

    • hkklife

      Yup, Google is becoming more like Apple every day in all the bad ways (fixed batteries, no support for expandable storage, no more QWERTY devices) and in the few areas where they SHOULD emulate Apple (simultaneous updates without carrier meddling or bloatware, 64/128GB internal storage, 2+ years of updates) they fall short.

  • steve

    130 million devices shipped last quarter yet they cant update there devices…

  • Mike

    Not really sure why, but there will be plenty of Custom Roms out there based on Android 4.4 for the Galaxy Nexus.

  • The Nexus program is a marketing gimmick. You are basically settling for lower hardware and 1 Android update earlier than everyone else.

    • joejoe5709

      Massive dev support and stock Android out of the box is a pretty big deal.

      • Stock Android can basically be replicated with a launcher and a lot of OEMs have useful additions like the Moto X shake camera.

  • ody

    that’s it.. bye bye google..

  • Meticode

    It doens’t matter to me anyway. I’m almost positive it can run 4.4 nicely and they’ll be ROMs for it. Probably CM10.3?

  • Aaron

    Sure it will, I’ll just wait for the awesome dev Baldwinguy to update shiny rom.

  • Anthony Gomulka

    This is why custom roms exist. 🙂 I haven’t touched stock on my Gnex for over a year.

  • John

    Please sign and share the petition for 4.4 update for Galaxy Nexus https://www.change.org/petitions/google-android-os-keep-the-android-updates-for-galaxy-nexus

  • Kakaxa Bugaga

    Dear Google! Update Galaxy Nexus to Android 4.4. Please.

  • fallsgable

    Forget the G-Nex…..
    What about my OG….is IT gonna get Kit Kat???

  • T4rd

    It debuted 4.0 and didn’t even make it to 4.4. Sad it didn’t see a major Android revision.

    • hkklife

      Agreed, it should have been sent out in style to close out the 4.x era. Its specs are MORE than up to the challenge!

  • Kalaster

    im sure someone will port 4.4 to the Gnex eventually

  • WPNX

    HAHAHAHAHAHAHAH!!! That my friends is why I left Verizon months ago, have a nexus 4, and soon a nexus 5. HELL YEA

    • socarwolverine

      You do realize the Galaxy Nexus wasn’t only on Verizon right?

  • anthony jones

    yeah well, if you had a Nexus on Verizon, you’re used to not getting updates.

  • RW-1

    I dont wish to rain on Googles parade, but that’s just a bunch of $hit, that excuse. Especially when they tout the new OS for lower devices.

    This is nothing more than $299 for Gnex, now you can up the price point by $100 for the larger screen and processor, OS, but other than that, same thing.

    I’m not opposed to the extra $100, and we all know dev’s will be all over AOSP do the GNex will get 4.4.

    But that’s as lame as your next incarnation of Glass Google.

  • morpheus282

    “The G-Nex has officially been retired.”
    For all the support Verizon, Samsung, and Google showed this device, I could have sworn it was retired in January 2012.

    • mrjayviper

      you meant the verizon version of this device. this was sold worldwide

      • morpheus282

        Yes, that’s why I said “For all the support Verizon, Samsung, and Google showed this device…”. The GSM version did at least have a decent phone dock available, but the CDMA version was an orphan from the second month of release. The GSM version didn’t seem to fare too much better compared to the love shown to the Nexus 4.

  • SewWhat

    4.4??? Hell I’d be ecstatic to receive 4.3…

  • NorCalGuy

    Title should say “officially” because I am pretty sure ythe gnex will see 4.4 a dad or two after all the other nexus devices just via very talented devs at XDA, just like it has with every other update that has taken place, that’s why we have nexus devices right?

  • duke69111

    Now that its confirmed no nexus and no kit kat, I just wish I would of updated to the G2 sooner instead of a couple of weeks ago.

  • duke69111

    Hell the Vzw Nexus can’t even get official 4.3

    • Mike Hilal

      I wasnt holding my breath…we got a memory leak sieve known as 4.2.2

    • Flyinion

      My guess is that it will at some point. They just released the 4.3 binaries for the Verizon version. Even if it doesn’t that will be helpful for ROM developers to get 4.3 ROMS working correctly (and maybe use them to build a 4.4 from AOSP)

  • Barrett Justice

    It was never a super popular phone in the first place and I imagine most people who had this phone have upgraded by now. Why would they waste their time with this phone?

    • Pakmann2k

      I think a few thousand readers of droid-life would say you are wrong. That’s just a small sampling of Gnex followers. Look at how string the development community is behind it.

    • mattybeee

      Because some of us are stuck on a two year contract with a certain red carrier – and other than paying full retail for a new phone, we have to wait. The N5 is not an option as it is not a supported device.

      • hkklife

        Guys, I was in Target last night and they are *still* selling the VZW Gnex for $50 on contract! And another 3rd party Verizon reseller still had the 16Gb Gnex in stock a few weeks ago. Really disappointing. At least the GSM Gnex has been relegated to the used market by now…

    • Mike Hilal

      Oh yes it was. It was sold out all over central florida for the first 3 months. After that, it was old news anyway.

  • Brandon Hoffman

    FYI the world doest revolve around america there are other countries that want the android 4.4 who are NOT on Verizon.

    • David Henry

      While I agree, I will also say that (as I recall) the initial focus of this blog was around those who had Verizon and even more on the OG Droid. I think it is a good thing that more international attention is being put onto this blog, but some lingering affects of the focus on Verizon (and/or American networks) will happen. And until more authors are added that have more impact from international markets it may take time to get focus on them.

  • tom

    Carriers have two year contracts. The device should supported and updated during this two year period.

    • Adrynalyne

      That has happened for like…one device ever.

      • Mark Curtis

        The iPhone?

        • Adrynalyne

          Well, ok, two.
          I think the Droid 1 saw up to two years support. Someone correct me if I am wrong, I can’t confirm at this moment.

          • Kal5el

            More. Anyone else remember that security update out of left field like a year ago?

          • hkklife

            Droid X also got a random update quite late after the fact, IIRC, as did the original HTC Droid Inc and the Droid Charge earlier this year to remove some bloatware. I think the Thunderbolt got one final bloatware-removing update after ICS arrived as well.

  • Artune

    It’s been two years, most people who had the Galaxy Nexus (like me) already upgraded or were awaiting the Nexus 5 so it’s not the end of the world really.

    • CKJ

      I bought it on release and my contract is up late December. I was considering this but why should I when you won’t support it for 2 years? Especially when this is supposed to be the phone that assures you “always have the cutting edge software”. And I can’t even get it for 2 years? Another reason why the Nexus means nothing anymore. I’ll pass on the Nexus brand now and forever. It’s pointless now.

    • NeedName

      My GSM gNex runs fine. . . don’t see a need to upgrade other than piss poor support from Google.

      All Google’s 18 month (from release date) update policy does is resign perfectly fine devices to landfills quicker.

    • Gr8Ray

      Sorry, but no it hasn’t been 2 years. I bought mine on release day, and that was mid December of 2011.

  • regbs

    Nexus: guaranteed to get the latest and greatest Android iteration without need to root and unlock. If you got one through your Verizon unlimited data plan, you learned you had to count out Google Wallet, timely updates, tethering, unless, of course, you rooted and unlocked. You can unlock any Android, so what’s special about Nexus? Nothing. We get that Verizon lied about honoring the Nexus model, but this is on Google. Even Google’s own Motorola has always fragmented its phones like a fiend. I suffered through Moto OG Droid’s incessant promised-then-missed update launches. Apple’s and Android’s behavior is indecipherable. Next: proprietary chargers.

  • gorkon

    Don’t worry…if you are still stock and run a Gnex on Verizon you probably have at least ONE more update….namely 4.3. Bastards.

    • Mike Hilal

      Maybe sometime in summer 2014

    • Scott

      That is exactly what’s going to happen. 4.3 will come to the VZW GNex, but we won’t see it coming. People will be thinking about Easter, then suddenly the OTA will appear.

  • Eric

    I’m on Verizon, I wouldn’t get the update anyways. I’m pretty much relying entirely on ROMS, as I have been since I got the phone.