Google's Nexus One phone, manufactured by HTC and originally released in January of 2010, will not be receiving the Ice Cream Sandwich update along with other phones, says Google's Android product management director Hugo Barra, because the device is "too old." 

The Nexus lineup has traditionally been used to showcase new, "stock" versions of Android without added manufacturer customizations, and as a result they typically receive access to new Android updates before other handsets. Google's decision not to support less-than-two-year-old Nexus One with its newest mobile OS stands in contrast to Apple's strategy for the oldest phone in its lineup, 2009's iPhone 3GS, which received most of iOS 5's new features when the update was released earlier this month.

Barra said that the Nexus S, the immediate successor of the Nexus One, would be getting the update over the air a few weeks after the launch of the new Galaxy Nexus next month. Nexus One owners hoping for an update will need to rely on the open source community to hook them up after Ice Cream Sandwich's source code is released to the public.

Source: PCMag

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  • ZoSo - Saturday, October 29, 2011 - link

    Kind of a bummer that the N1 isn't going to get the upgrade, but as it was mentioned, the dev community will probably make it happen.
    Some food for thought. As far as longevity of a device and getting OS upgrades. A good amount of people usually upgrade devices at the end of there contract anyhow, so there's no real concern there. But the majority of users aren't even worried, or even know for that matter, about OS upgrades. There concern is just as long as the device does what they need it to do.
    I work in IT in a corporate environment with over 2000+ users. We support Android, Apple, and Blackberry on 3 different providers. The users can choose whatever smartphones are offered by the providers. I can tell you this, absolutely no one comes in asking about OS upgrades. And you won't see any Nexus One's or 3GS's, you'll only see the newer phones, except for few older Blackberry's, but those users don't heavily rely on there smartphone. And the amount of Blackberry users is dwindling anyhow.
    And to think that just a little over a year and a half ago, Blackberry's dominated our environment. Now they are at the bottom of the heap and almost extinct, with iPhones ahead of them and Android phones leading the pack.
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