Bad news for you Nexus One owners out there, it turns out the first official Google phone will not be getting the upgrade to Ice Cream Sandwich after all, according to Google’s Product Management Director for Android, Hugo Barra. Barra said what many tech insiders already expected: the hardware was simply too old to run the new operating system.
The Nexus One will not get the bump to ICS, but the Samsung Nexus S will receive the update “within weeks” after the Galaxy Nexus releases. The Nexus One may be cut from ICS due to the phone’s tiny internal memory of 512MB RAM and 512MB ROM, and its outdated 1 GHz Scorpion processor, Adreno 200 GPU, Qualcomm QSD8250 Snapdragon chipset. The truth is, Ice Cream Sandwich requires a bit more power than Eclair, Froyo or Gingerbread.
It’s unfortunate that the Nexus One will not receive the official Ice Cream Sandwich update, but don’t cry for the N1 – I’m sure there will be plenty of developers out there baking up a slew of unofficial ROMs. The Nexus One without a doubt is still a comparable smartphone, and there are people who still think this is Android’s best phone to date. Who out there is still using the Nexus One as your daily driver?
[via The Telegraph]