While there is good news afoot for Nexus 7 and Samsung Galaxy Nexus owners today in the form of the Android 4.2 Jelly Bean update roll outs for both devices, there is some bad news for owners of other Nexus devices, namely the Nexus S and Motorola Xoom which may never see Android 4.2 officially roll out.
According to Jean-Baptiste Queru, who is the Technical Lead for the Android Open Source Project, there is no Android 4.2 Jelly Bean support for the Nexus S and Motorola Xoom in the Android 4.2 AOSP that was released today. JBQ says that owners of both of those devices should continue to use Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean.
Now, this doesn’t one hundred percent rule out an update as he did not say that updates were entirely out of the question for both of the updates, but it’s a pretty good sign that neither will be getting the upgrade to Android 4.2 Jelly Bean in the future.
This is a bit surprising given that Android 4.2 Jelly Bean is an incremental upgrade and not a massive one, but given how old both the Nexus S and Motorola Xoom are, it makes a bit of sense. Obviously, for those who own both of these devices, it’s not good news, but the end of the road had to come at some point and it appears that it has come with Android 4.2 Jelly Bean.
Both devices were among the first to get upgraded to Android 4.1 Jelly Bean and at the moment, it appears that that is where they will stay.
The news comes on the day that Google not only released the Android 4.2 AOSP for developers, but also on the day that both the Nexus 7 and the Samsung Galaxy Nexus received their Android 4.2 updates. While the GSM Galaxy Nexus is now receiving its update Over-the-Air, the Nexus 7 OTA isn’t rolling out yet. However, both updates are now available to install manually.
Android 4.2 is Google’s latest update for Android and it brings a number of features to the table including improved Google Now, a new Quick Settings function from the Notifications, Photo Sphere, and a gestures for the keyboard. It also features multiple user logins for tablets, something that Motorola Xoom owners were likely excited about.
But unless something changes at Google, that feature along with the others, won’t be hitting the Nexus S or Motorola Xoom.