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Ubuntu touch support dropped for Galaxy Nexus, Nexus 7 (2012), Nexus 10

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Nexus 5 support also on hold for the time being

The poor Galaxy Nexus just can’t catch a break. It, along with the Nexus 10 and the 2012 version of the Nexus 7 have been dropped from Ubuntu Touch support by Canonical. Also, support for the Nexus 5 is on hold. Of course, the question everyone has is why.

Alexander Sack explains on the Ubuntu-phone team mailing list. The folks behind the project want, and need, to narrow their focus as we get closer to the 14.04 release, which has always been planned to unify the desktop and mobile under the same code base. For now, all focus is on the emulator, and the official target devices will be the Nexus 4 and the 2013 Nexus 7. There seem to be no technical reasons why the Nexus 5 isn’t going to move forward, it was a matter of engineering costs. Sack leaves the Nexus 5 on the table, but notes that support won’t be considered until 14.04 is released.

While none of this makes anyone happy, it does make sense. Software engineering isn’t easy and it doesn’t come cheaply — there are plenty of costs in building your “free” operating system. If you have Ubuntu Touch installed on your Galaxy Nexus, Nexus 10 or 2012 Nexus 7, they won’t stop working overnight, but don’t expect any device-specific updates or bug fixes. Chances are the community can keep the current system running. And you’ll just have to enjoy Kit Kat on your Nexus 5 for at least a while longer. 

Source: Ubuntu-phone mailing list


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Galaxy Nexus will not get Android 4.4 KitKat

Samsung Galaxy Nexus

Android 4.3 is the end of the line for the Samsung-made Nexus

Galaxy Nexus owners, you might want to sit down for this. Your device won’t be getting an official update to the newly-announced Android 4.4 KitKat. Quoth the Google support site:

Galaxy Nexus will not be receiving the Android 4.4 update. For more information about Galaxy Nexus, visit the Nexus Help Center.

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Sprint Galaxy Nexus Android 4.3 update rolling out starting today

Sprint Galaxy Nexus

Well, it’s better late than never

It’s been a good nine months since the Sprint Galaxy Nexus received its last OTA to Android 4.2.1, and now the jump to 4.3 is beginning its rollout. In a bit of awkward timing with the expected launch of Android 4.4 for other Nexus devices, Sprint has just posted on its community site that the update is rolling out now.

As is usually the case you’ll have to wait somewhere in the range of two weeks to get the software update as the rollouts happen both gradually and at random. The latest software version is now “GJ04” if you want to make sure you’re on the latest build — keep an eye on your phone for that update.

Source: SprintThanks, d14racer24!

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