Google to Samsung Galaxy Nexus owners: No KitKat for you
The company says the Galaxy Nexus falls outside the 18-month update window. But there is a little more to the story.
Owners of Android 4.4 KitKat.won't be able to bite into
In a new FAQ, Google broke the news that the latest flavor of Android won't be available as a system update for the 2-year-old Nexus. The company said that the phone falls outside the 18-month time frame in which devices traditionally receive such updates.
However, that may not be the full story.
Sources "close to the company" told Engadget that the problem stems from the Texas Instruments chipset built into the Nexus. TI has since , laying off many of its workers. As such, the company likely wouldn't be able to lend a hand in supporting upgrades for the phone.
Unless another party can step in, the Galaxy Nexus won't be on the receiving end of any more Android updates.
Which other devices qualify for the new version of Android?
HTC America President Jason Mackenzie said that, including carrier variants, in 90 days or less. An HTC spokesperson confirmed the same information to CNET UK and added that a KitKat update will then follow for HTC One Max and HTC One Mini.
Motorola device owners can go directly to the company's support Web site to see if their phone or tablet is due to receive Android 4.4.