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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RE: Internal Storage
by Thom_Holwerda on Wed 26th Oct 2011 22:49 UTC in reply to "Internal Storage"
Thom_Holwerda
Member since:
2005-06-29

The speculation on XDA is that since the Nexus One only has 512mb of internal flash storage, there simply isn't enough space for ICS without putting big chunks of the OS residing on the SD-card, which is a pretty tricky thing to implement.


I thought about that, but if I recall correctly, the ROMs on ROM Manager on my Galaxy SII are only like 200MB, at most. Surely, ICS didn't grow that fast?

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RE[2]: Internal Storage
by m45t3r on Wed 26th Oct 2011 23:29 in reply to "RE: Internal Storage"
m45t3r Member since:
2011-10-26

Actually, while Nexus One (and his brother, HTC Desire which I own) have 512MB of internal storage, like any Android device, this is divided on some partitions. On the case of Nexus One, it have 145MB for /system, 90MB of /cache and 287MB of /data. The ROM is stored on the first (of course), and this is a very small space even for CyanogenMod 7.1 itself (that uses ~140MB). A "pure" Gingerbread build should use almost 100MB for a full compilation (including all locales, Google Apps and extras).

JBQ (one of the main AOSP devs) on Android-build said that the source code of ICS is almost the double in terms of size of the Gingerbread. This doesn't necessary means that ICS will be the double of the size of Gingerbread, but one thing is for sure: it will be bigger. Considering the first ICS ports using SDK (that uses something about 170MB of size), probably ICS will not fit on Nexus One small /system partition.

Edited 2011-10-26 23:30 UTC

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RE[3]: Internal Storage
by jokkel on Thu 27th Oct 2011 00:06 in reply to "RE[2]: Internal Storage"
jokkel Member since:
2008-07-07

The design to decision to have small internal plus SD card storage haunts Android users all the time. You can only install apps on the small app partition. On some phones this fills up pretty quickly. Even if you have gigabytes available on your SD card you can only move installed apps there if they support it. And you have to do it manually, which is cumbersome and beyond the average user.
Apps that are big, like games, will download most of the program on first launch. The App store only contains the downloader for the real program. This is not good design. It's a clutch.

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RE[3]: Internal Storage
by Yossarian on Thu 27th Oct 2011 05:15 in reply to "RE[2]: Internal Storage"
Yossarian Member since:
2008-11-14

Actually you can flash alternate partition tables. It should perfectly fit, but you may be left with little space for apps and forced to used app2sd.

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