One great thing about Google’s Nexus devices are that they have a great future when it comes to upgrade to any new OS that is introduced by Google.
But this is not forever and the same is now being experienced with the release of the Android 4.2 Jelly Bean OS. The Samsung Nexus S and Motorola Xoom were the two device which first received the Android 4.1 Jelly Bean upgrade and now it seems that it is the end of road for these devices.
Though Motorola Xoom is not Nexus branded, it is now owned by Google as the search engine giant bought Motorola and was thus provided with the Android 4.1 upgrade making it the first tablet to receive the upgrade.
The confirmation that the Nexus S and Xoom will not be upgraded to the latest iteration of Android OS comes to light straight from Google’s AOSP lead Jean-Baptiste Queru who commented as below:
There is no support for 4.2 on Nexus S and Xoom. Those devices should continue using 4.1.2. I can’t comment about the future of Nexus S and Xoom, sorry.
While it might look like Android 4.2 Jelly Bean is just “dot” upgrade from Android 4.1 Jelly Bean this decision might have been taken considering the hardware compatibility of the devices with the new OS.
There might be loads of new codings inside the OS which is not allowing Google to bring the new OS to the older devices and it is also to be noted that the devices have got a much longer support from Google than they deserved and now that the Nexus 4 and Nexus 10 are out, it was time for Google to pull the switch.
Now, if you own the Nexus S or Motorola Xoom, that is it. Android 4.1.2 is all that Google has got for you.