We wouldn’t like to be the bearer of bad news but unfortunately we don’t have any other choice. Google have announced (with a very heavy heart) today that the Motorola Xoom and the Google Nexus S would NOT be getting official Jelly Bean 4.2 updates due to their hardware limitations. Google’s lead engineer, Jean-Baptiste Queru , had this to say about the two devices regarding Android 4.2 and their compatibility:
“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.”
Since its official global launch a few days back, Android 4.2 has been creating a lot of buzz with majority of people getting glued to a few new features that are part and parcel of the Android’s latest OS update. To be very honest, I had my doubts from day one regarding the compatibility issues which might occur due to the devices aging hardware. No offense to either of the devices though as both have proved time and again what they were and still are capable of but as they say, all good things have to come to an end at some point in time and it now seems that this could and just might be the end of the road for these two amazing devices which have been user favorites since more than 2 years now.
So for all you Nexus S and Xoom user’s out there don’t get too dejected on hearing this and just try to take out a few positives out of your devices just for old times sake. Many people are still stuck on ICS if that’s going to make you guys feel a little better.