The original “GooglePhone” has reached the end of the line: it is too out-of-date for Google to be able to release a version of Android OS 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) for it.
When it debuted back in early 2010, the Nexus One was the only phone ever directly sold by Google itself. It was the first smartphone with Android OS 2.1 and OS 2.2, but was supplanted when the Samsung Nexus S debuted late last year — the original Nexus eventually received an OS 2.3 upgrade, but it took months.
And now comes the final ignominy: official proof that the device is obsolete. Its specs — including a 1 GHz Snapdragon processor and 512 MB RAM — are apparently not up to the job of running the latest version of Google’s operating system.
Of course, this device is hardly alone in this category. It’s very unlikely the original Motorola Droid will get an official Android OS 4.0 upgrade, for example.
Still, users of these devices can turn to the members of the hobbyist community that enjoy creating versions of operating systems to run on older devices, or more efficiently on newer ones.
Those with the latest models — like the Motorola Droid RAZR — can expect upgrades to Android ICS to be released in the coming weeks.