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Updated GPU Binaries Discovered for the Galaxy Nexus, Could Potentially Bring New Life to Dying Device

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Big things are taking place over in the XDA forums, as developers are now finding what appear to be updated binaries for the GPU found inside of the Galaxy Nexus. When Kit Kat was announced, it was also stated that the Galaxy Nexus would not be supported, given that the company which made the device’s processor, Texas Instruments, was no longer supporting the device’s hardware and had taken a leave from the mobile chipset landscape. 

Since updated code has been found for the GPU, it appears that either Google chose to call it quits for the device intentionally or was just unaware of any further support for the device from TI. Either way, developers are now hard at work on creating an updated kernel that could help solve multiple graphical issues that have been found on the device running the newest versions of Android.

If you are a developer for the Galaxy Nexus or are still rocking this device as your daily driver thanks to the loads of custom ROMs available for it, the news of newly found binaries for the GPU should have you quite thrilled.

Although, at what point do we say goodbye to a dear friend such as the Galaxy Nexus? The phone is more than two years old, having been unveiled back in October of 2011. We know this device has been the favorite handset of many people, including ourselves for a while, but at some point you just have to let it go, right? Apparently for many users in the forums, that time has yet to come.

Via: XDA

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  • Leo

    https://www.change.org/petitions/google-update-the-galaxy-nexus-with-android-4-4-kitkat

    People come and help us to bring 4.4 in Galaxy Nexus back!!!!!!!

  • Kakaxa Bugaga

    Google have to make official KitKat for GNex.

  • http://twitter.com/jdrch jdrch

    Oh, and another thing. iOS 7 supports the iPhone 4, which dropped over 3.25 years ago. So yeah to HELL with Google for pulling this crap. I’m never buying another Google device again, ever.

    • Tiago Azevedo

      iOS 7 runs like crap on the iPhone 4 and it doesn’t support all iOS7 features. Is that kind of update you want for your devices?! A number telling you it is updated but not meaning it can preform the latest features?

      • http://twitter.com/jdrch jdrch

        Except that Google themselves have stated that KitKat was engineered for low spec phones, so there’s no reason it wouldn’t run well on the GNex.

        Also, the tech world has a long history of OS updates being made available for devices that don’t support all of the new OS’ features. For example, I’ve installed Windows 8.1 on 2 of my machines despite the fact that they don’t have GPS or touchscreens.

        Again, Google has no excuse or reason for pulling this besides throwing their users to the wolves just so they have fewer devices to worry about updating. Deplorable.

        • Tiago Azevedo

          It is not deplorable at all. Just because KitKat preforms well on lower specs devices that doesn’t mean Google has to support it. It is understandable they don’t support it.

          KitKat was engineered to preform well on lower specs devices for OEMs being capable of producing cheap devices capable of running the latest Android version, it wasn’t meant to OEMs and Google it self being capable of updating their older devices. The Open Handset Alliance commitment of updating for 18 months only is known for a log time!

          • http://twitter.com/jdrch jdrch

            1) How many people out there even know the OHA exists, or its policies. 2) The 18 month support guarantee, even if it does exist, is ridiculous considering that contracts last 24 months on average.

            They don’t have to support it, but it’s good customer relations policy to do so. As I said before, 2 of the other major platforms – iOS and Windows – have much longer support. There’s no reason Google can’t do the same.

          • Tiago Azevedo

            1 – I’m majoring at Economics, and the very first thing I’ve been taught on collage was we have to assume that costumers inform themselves before purchasing anything, since information is easy to get nowadays and we assume costumers are intelligent people capable of evaluate the pros and cons before purchasing anything. Next time, inform yourself better before purchasing a new device.
            2 – That thing about contracts is almost an USA exclusive thing. Here in Europe most of the people don’t have any kind of contracts with carriers. I’m talking about 98% of people. It’s not OHA fault you celebrate contracts for 24 months. Actually, it’s not their business.

          • Timmy Tom

            It’s not USA exclusive. The UK is almost completely contracted for 12/18/24 month periods.Next time, inform yourself better before posting on behalf of Europe.

  • volvo240

    From the camera shots and battery life of the nexus 5 so far, I’m gonna just keep my GNEX and sell the Nexus 5 …. All these people getting a hard-on over nothing.

  • Higher_Ground

    “Although, at what point do we say goodbye to a dear friend such as the Galaxy Nexus?”

    That seems pretty simple – when we’re able to buy a new phone.

    “The phone is more than two years old, having been unveiled back in October of 2011.”

    I guess that’s technically correct, though the vast majority of DL readers didn’t have one until December at the very earliest (thanks, Verizon). So many people keep repeating this “2 years” mantra and while it’s pretty close, the fact that you’re having to round up to prove a point about moving on from an old device doesn’t sit well – you’re almost exaggerating its age. Even then, should we expect everyone to have bought it day 1? I’d say it’d be more reasonable to use a date just prior to the next update cycle – though for Google that’s a whole year, so 3-4 months would be more reasonable – about the time another flagship is released.

    “We know this device has been the favorite handset of many people, including ourselves for a while, but at some point you just have to let it go, right? Apparently for many users in the forums, that time has yet to come.”

    Don’t take this post the wrong way – it’s not a rant against DL, Tim or anyone else in particular. I value the opinions you guys offer, and it was precisely those opinions that convinced me to buy a galaxy nexus back in June 2012. I was sitting on an upgrade for my droid x, waiting for the next nexus phone to be unveiled (the N4). We suddenly got wind that unlimited data would no longer be grandfathered in, so I had to decide between preordering an S3 for $300, picking up a razor maxx or getting a gnex. I posed the question to y’all on one of the Q&A’s to the tune “Do you guys still recommend getting the gnex, even though it’s 6 months old?” The response was very helpful in making my decision, and I don’t regret it at all (well, if I could have seen the future and known the N4 would be so cheap off contract, maybe…). Y’all were pretty spot-on with concerns over the camera, reception and battery life, but to me the good still outweighed the bad (and it was cheaper than my other options).

    I know this comes across as bitter, but it’s really more of a plea for some restraint. I’m personally still on contract until 7/2014. I don’t know how people are getting early upgrades; I thought those went away years ago. I don’t really even want one – when my contract is up I’m 90% sure I’ll leave VZW. My point is just that I’m stuck on contract with a gnex for the next 7-8 months, and I know darn-well that I’m not the only one. In fact, I would wager that most people that owned a gnex on contract either still have it or gave up and bought a new phone. That’s what my coworkers did.
    I can remember a significant portion of readers polling that they use a gnex not that long ago – 28% (by far the highest %, almost double the next best) at the end of May, less than 6 months ago.

    I get that TI isn’t making chipsets. I get that Google only officially supports phones for 18 months. But the average consumer that isn’t buying phones off-contract has to wait the full 24 months. Plenty of people don’t upgrade the very instant it’s available, either. So I would politely ask that we quit with the “when are you guys gonna get with the picture and dump that gnex” talk.

    Sincerely,
    A fan of the site that’s overly defensive with his ancient phone (23 mo).

    • http://twitter.com/jdrch jdrch

      I get that Google only officially supports phones for 18 months.

      Link? I was never aware of this. The GNex was touted as a long term support device. And even if that were true, 18 months is terribly out of sync with the average 24 month contract length as you pointed out.

      So I would politely ask that we quit with the “when are you guys gonna get with the picture and dump that gnex” talk.

      THIS. With phones now costing more than laptops at full price, it’s ridiculous to expect people to blow $600 – $800 every 18 months on a new handset regardless of new payment plan gimmicks (like VZW Edge) that only spread the pain out and cost more due to service fees.. Apparently DL, who get devices shipped out to them for review on the regular, doesn’t realize this.

  • Dave12308

    The GPU in the GNex is not exclusive to TI chipsets, so i’m not sure what this article is getting at?

  • Monkey_Driven

    I’m hanging onto mine as long as I can. No Verizon phones out there (minus the Moto X) blow my skirt up.

    • BGRUGGER

      Not even the Sgs4? Ive had the Galaxy nexus and the s4 is absolutely amazing…you need to test drive it! even with touch wiz, this phone is definitely a step up from any phone available on vzw.

  • http://www.frivjogo.info/ Friv Jogos

    Wow, it is amazing I was expecting something similar to this before. Now it can satisfy.

  • dan0matic

    Seeing as this post is the most popular post of the day on Droid-Life I think there are a lot of folks pulling for a good running 4.4 rom for this little engine that could.

  • Michael Werling

    You can’t forget it had a prominent role in the movie The Internship!

  • Marcus

    For me it’s very simple…What’s more important to YOU…Best Cellular Service..”For my area and many others I travel Verizon”, or a very nice phone and inferior cellular competitors IMHO….Would I love to leave Verizon…sure if there really was a better carrier..again IMHO…but what it all boils down to is what works for you in your situation….Choose wisely…..

  • http://www.toysdiva.com Toys Samurai

    It seems that people do not want to believe that Google abandoned the Galaxy Nexus. Folks, Google did it before. It did not update the Nexus S to Jelly Bean last year.

    • http://twitter.com/jdrch jdrch

      DL is so delusional sometimes it’s hilarious.

    • Michael Pahl

      384MB of RAM was a big no no on JB

  • http://twitter.com/jdrch jdrch

    Google chose to call it quits for the device intentionally or was just unaware of any further support for the device from TI.

    Holy hell man, put the Kool Aid down. Do you really think Google was “unaware” of this? Of course they knew, they’re just trying to minimize the number of devices and services they support, and so are making up reasons for dropping them (see Reader for an example of that).

    The phone is more than two years old, having been unveiled back in October of 2011.

    Seriously? How delusional and much of a Google homer are you? “Unvieled” != “available for purchase.” Wikipedia lists the release date as November 17, 2011, and VZW – the US launch carrier – didn’t start selling it until December 15. WAKE UP, Droid Life. Seriously. Not everything Google does is amazing or awesome. This is yet another example of them kicking their loyal fans in the face. I can’t afford to blow $ on a new smartphone every 18 months, and I bought the GNex for the long term update support the Nexus brand was supposed to carry. I guess now I know that’s a load of ___.

    • NeedName

      I’ve been saying this since 4.4 released. . . Google, and all Android OEMs, don’t want to update more than 18 months (6 months after end of sales in the case of a Nexus), and TI still has OMAP chips in the market they are supporting, but seems everyone is now sucking google’s junk like ifans do for apple — it’s gotten pathetic.

      If google would get a clue, do yearly release cycles and two updates per device, that would give a device up to the third year before it falls behind with less work — current hardware should last several years, IMO.

  • acras

    Not sure which Rom you flashed , but the 4.4 maguro Rom’s I’ve looked at state “alpha” right up front. That means there are going to be problems . The Gnex is capable , some elements are missing because TI is out of the mobile market and Google was concerned about support for the device, so a fully functional 4.4 ROM is going to take some work

  • carluverdrm2004

    Holding onto my G-Nex until Verizon gets Motomaker….. the wait will have been worth it! Crimson back, yellow accents, black front, 32 GB storage, custom Power on message, and a clear case to showcase my customizations…. I have the design saved on Motomaker.com, and am waiting for the day that I can click review and checkout and Verizon will be listed underneath and not just AT&T.

  • Tyler
  • Tony Cooper

    GNex…Don’t stop believing! http://youtu.be/VcjzHMhBtf0?t=3m24s

  • Jason

    You must not have followed the install directions and did it wrong cause that shiz runs great! Alot of people are not using the most current ver of CWM (6.0.4.3) and having install problems, or they aren’t wiping Everything (cache, dalvick, data, system), also need to flash the new bootloader as well. Just reading all the comments on the thread most people are being lazy and not reading all the way through. Do it right and it will work great!

    • Tyler James Edward Hills

      Not quite. I followed every instruction to a tee even the order in which I flashed everything. But it was still mentioned that there were black box graphical issues and random reboots. So even with a perfect install you’ll run into trouble. But again it’s not like the dev didn’t warn everyone going in. Even with those issues I’m still running it happily and just waiting for the updates to smooth everything out