It is the end of an era for the Samsung Galaxy Nexus – at least through official updates.
Google told The Verge that it considered the device “too old” to receive Android 4.4 KitKat. Launched in 2011, it has the technical specifications (1 GB of RAM) that would allow receiving the new platform without major problems.
The explanation, however, goes beyond that. The search engine does not offer support for devices older than 18 months of existence, not even on the Nexus line, which is why the Galaxy Nexus had its retirement announced.
Created in partnership with Samsung, the Galaxy Nexus was the successor to the Nexus S and was the first device to abandon the physical buttons and bring a curved screen. Originally equipped with Android 4.0, the Galaxy Nexus received three generations of Android, with 4.3 being the latest version.
If Google doesn’t change its update policy, it means that the Nexus 4 will only have 6 more months of official updates.
Update: According to Google, the Galaxy Nexus uses a chip manufactured by Texas Instruments – a company that is no longer actively developing chips for smartphones – whose drivers have been discontinued and prevent the perfect installation and operation of Android 4.4 KitKat.