Google last week launched the updated Android 4.4 KitKat operating system, available first on the new Nexus 5. It will now also roll out to the Nexus 4, 7, 10, and more, but those with the 2011 Samsung Galaxy Nexus are out of luck.
That did not sit well with Galaxy Nexus owners, and one disgruntled user, Max Duckwitz, recently launched an online petition calling for KitKat on his phone.
According to a KitKat FAQ page , Google opted not to extend KitKat to the Galaxy Nexus because it "falls outside of the 18-month update window when Google and others traditionally update devices." But that's not a good enough reason for Duckwitz, who provided a number of reasons why he believes Google should release Android 4.4 for his phone.
Chief among them: The phone's specifications fit the new operating system, which was developed to consume less memory than previous versions. The Nexus sports 1GB of RAM — twice as much as necessary to run the latest Android system, Duckwitz argued.
He also pointed out that Android fragmentation, or the use of varying OS versions among all consumers, will only become more widespread if the Galaxy Nexus is left out in the cold.
Among Duckwitz's less compelling urgings: "Throwing the Galaxy Nexus away to get a phone with the latest Android version is bad for the environment."
He also claims that the Samsung Nexus is "more reliable" than the newer Nexus 4.
First posted to Change.org on Halloween, Duckwitz initially sought 10,000 e-signatures. It quickly topped that goal, and earlier this week, Duckwitz gathered the first 13,024 signatures into a 510-page package and sent it to Google's Mountain View headquarters. He's now hoping to top 25,000 signatures.
Android 4.4 KitKat launched last week on the next-gen Nexus 5 smartphone, with the promise of support for the "OK Google" voice command option, an immersive mode to hide unimportant screen details, and the ability for faster multi-tasking. "Android 4.4 is designed to run fast, smooth, and responsively on a much broader range of devices than ever before," Google's developer website said. Just not the Galaxy Nexus, it seems.
Meanwhile, some developers have taken matters into their own hands, creating unofficial KitKat 4.4 ROMs for instillation on the Samsung Galaxy Nexus.