Galaxy Nexus owners not happy about lack of KitKat love, petition started and sent to Sundar Pichai


Last week when Android 4.4 KitKat was announced, a lot of people rejoiced, but one select group of people didn’t. Those who own a Galaxy Nexus got the shocking news that they wouldn’t be getting the new chocolate treat, at least officially. Google’s reasoning is their policy to support devices for only 18 months. That policy is really meant for manufacturers, this is a Google product folks. Some say it really isn’t about the 18 month window and it’s more about drivers from Texas Instruments not getting updated.

Whatever the real reason is, Galaxy Nexus owners aren’t happy and I don’t blame them. The phone more than meets the specs and you would think Google would want to “show other manufacturers” how it’s done. Max Duckwitz isn’t sitting back and started a petition. He has well over 13,500 signatures and nearly 3,500 comments. He isn’t wasting anytime as he already sent all the signatures, comments, a quick letter, and petition text to Sundar Pichai at Google.

What’s next is anyone’s guess, but I would think that Sundar Pichai will have to comment on this. Kudos to Max for putting this together. I hope his hard work pays off. In the meantime, if you own a Galaxy Nexus and dabble with ROMs, you can still get a taste of KitKat unofficially.

source: Change

About the Author: Robert Nazarian

Robert lives in upstate New York where he was born and raised. Technology was always his passion. His first computer was a Radio Shack TRS80 Color that used a cassette tape to save programs, and his first laptop was a Toshiba T1200FB that sported a CGA greyscale screen and two 720kb floppy drives (no hardrive). From the early 90’s through late 2011, he only owned Motorola phones starting with the MircroTAC all the way through to the Droid X. He broke that streak when he bought the Galaxy Nexus. Now he's sporting a Galaxy Note 4, and absolutely loves it. He has a wonderful wife and a 6 year old son. In his free time he enjoys sports, movies, TV, working out, and trying to keep up with the rapid fast world of technology.

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    • Dave

      That’s exactly what corrupt bloodsucking corporations imply. That is also the reason I never published any Apple software. Ever since the early 1980’s, every time some founder/executive had a brain-fart, they always burned the bridges behind them and tried forced developers to their rewrite code. Same with Microsoft (although XP almost lasted 5 years before Vista broke reverse-compatibility). Its sad that Google is getting so big that they are starting to do this (by also getting rid of Donut that still works fine with large screens).

      • quinyus

        who is still on XP?

  • ari_free

    What’s the point of a Nexus if you have to get updates from the custom rom community just like every other phone?

  • Oli72

    I say at least 24 months.

  • Bobby

    Since there are no 18 month contracts, why should there be an 18 month update window? Support for devices should be just as long as you are required under contract to keep them. Any less is just ridiculous. 2 years.

  • ShakeitDontBreakit

    I LOVE MY NEXUS! I’m uberpissed that the 5 isn’t compatible on Verizon’s network…. I’m considering a carrier switch, but coverage is spotty in my neck of the woods… I mostly want the 5 for the bigger battery and wireless charging capability… And of course, I love new tech…… This pending release was exciting…. Turned bittersweet. :-/

  • quinyus

    how about upgrade or custom roms and buy a higher end device