Will there be no Android L for Galaxy Nexus?
Every Android phone is waiting is for the Android L update that is suppose to roll out by the end of the year. However, for the Galaxy Nexus, it became too much of a hassle to keep up the Android updates and Google basically left it behind when the company announced it won’t be getting upgraded to Android 4.4 KitKat.
The one thing that has been keeping the Galaxy Nexus alive is the support its been getting from custom ROM projects that refuse to let the phone fade into the past. Now, however, things are about to change as reports from a commit to CyanogenMod open source projects is saying that even support for the device is going to stop. CyanogenMod’s Abhisek Devkota said the reason for the drop is due to the lack of ongoing support for the processor itself that is giving power to the Galaxy Nexus.
Texas Instruments is the company that makes the OMAP 4460 chip that gives life to the Nexus. The company unfortunately, stopped supporting its chips after pulling out of the market two years back. This has been it extremely difficult for developers to give support to devices that run on the OMAP processors.
On top of that, there is no full time maintainer for CyanogenMod for Galaxy Nexus. Hence, no one is technically assigned to solve any issue with the device. Devkota says due to this Galaxy Nexus will most probably “will not survive the jump to L. R.I.P.” Just maybe support could be saved if a full time maintainer is hired for the project.
CyanogenMod is giving up on the old phone but other custom ROM projects like Paranoid Android and Omni still are hard at work supporting the Galaxy Nexus. It’s hard to blame CyanogenMod for dropping out since Google itself abandoned the device.
A latest update however, has given hope. Developer Nikola Majkic stepped up to assume maintenance of the GSM version (maguro) of the Galaxy Nexus. There is still no maintainer for the CDMA model (toro). Support for the GSM model will continue for now. How long this support will last? Only time will tell.
Source: Android Authority