Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 26th Oct 2011 22:27 UTC
Google "Google's Hugo Barra confirmed that the latest version of Android will be delivered as a free upgrade to the existing Nexus S handset 'within weeks'. He said the search giant was aiming to get the software to owners of the previous flagship phone shortly after the release of the new Galaxy Nexus handset next month, well in time for Christmas. Owners of the first official Google phone, the Nexus One, will not be getting the upgrade, however. Barra said the hardware was simply too old to run the new operating system." Can someone enlighten me - the Nexus One has 512MB of RAM, a 1Ghz processor, and a 480x800 AMOLED or SuperLCD. Why on earth isn't this thing upgraded to ICS? Lameballs.
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by zima on Wed 2nd Nov 2011 18:40 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Just because you can doesn't mean you should"
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On the other hand supporting an older gpu might be a pain in the ass because it may be lacking features that they use in ICS. Also it might need more memory.
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There's also the screen size factor: I can easily imagine the nexus one's screen being too cramped for the ICS UI.

I doubt it. These SOCs: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/MSM7000#MSM7227 have the same GPU as the Snapdragon of Nexus One (which is, overall, still a relatively powerful chip)
They still ship in tons of phones (the likes of LG Optimus One, a device class which will also switch to ICS), and ought to continue doing so for quite some time.

ICS, Android overall, is also (quite possibly primarily, by numbers of users) about such devices - it wouldn't make sense to exclude them from the benefits, especially when they could use them the most, and "desktop" acceleration doesn't require the fanciest GPU features, anyway.

Oh, they also virtually always have smaller screens than Nexus One. Generally, Google probably doesn't want to put off that vast group of people from Android, when the time will come for next phone upgrade; also, new version tended to somewhat improve performance (as long as "basics" - decent RAM amount for example - were in place)

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