Google dropping Nexus S and Motorola XOOM from AOSP

If you missed out on ordering a Nexus 4 or 10 yesterday to replace your aging Nexus S or XOOM, prepare to be dealt another painful blow – Google are dropping support for these devices from AOSP, and they will not be updated (officially) to Android 4.2.

While it’s unlikely to win any speed contests, my Nexus S has always handled itself admirably and Android 4.1 has been stable and useable on the device. Unlike the Nexus One, where hardware constraints prohibited it from being upgraded to Ice Cream Sandwich last year, it’s likely that the decision to discontinue support was one of business, and of diminishing returns. And well, the XOOM was never terribly popular anyway.

It’s a sad day for us Nexus S owners; that phone and I have been through a lot together. Luckily, the Android community will never leave a fallen comrade behind, and its likely that future updates will live on over at XDA-developers.

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  • Greg

    Ok – seems like a good time to start thinking about running non-stock for the first time on my Nexus S. Obviously there is CM – what other ROMs can you recommend? Which are closest to stock? What is the “gist” of what some of the ROMs provide?

    • Sean Royce

      Paranoid Android, MIUI, AOKP.

    • James Finnigan

      We’re probably going to do a post on this in the next couple of days. My personal recommendation is CM10.

  • http://twitter.com/tfqkhn Taufiq Khan

    Nexus S has served really well for two years. Here’s hoping the Nexus 4 lives up to it!

  • https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.ootpapps.saving.made.simple&feature Out of the Park Apps

    It’s been a great run Nexus S

  • Fuze

    My Nexus S died a month ago. Ordered my Nexus 4 already and am super excited!