The time has come again for Google to bid adieu to some of its early Nexus devices. As the Android operating system continues to evolve, Google can’t keep supporting older hardware forever, and today they announced via a Google Groups post that the Samsung-manufactured Nexus S will not be receiving Android 4.2. Users still stuck on that aging hardware are advised to stick with 4.1.2, and we reckon they’ll be staying with that version of Android forever.
The Nexus S was just the second entry in the Nexus smartphone lineup, after the earlier release of the Nexus One from HTC. Arriving as the standard bearer for Android 2.3 Gingerbread in 2010, the Nexus S was the first Android device to include NFC. Its 800 x 480 screen resembles today’s entry level Android hardware, but at the time, it was the proud flagship of the rapidly growing Android ecosystem.
Along with the Nexus S, the Motorola Xoom tablet will also be getting left in the dust by Google today. Both devices have modern successors, so if you’re looking to get in on that Android 4.2 action, trade your Nexus S in for a Nexus 4, and your Xoom for a Nexus 10.