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Google Galaxy Nexus Android 4.4 KitKat petition gets 17,000 signatures

Internet search engine giant Google has seen a petition created, addressing the lack of an Android 4.4 KitKat update, for its Samsung made Galaxy Nexus.

Omio reported last week Google won’t be providing an update to its previous, previous generation of Nexus.

This is the Galaxy Nexus, the second device made for Google by Samsung, following on from the 2011 Nexus S.

The reason for this is explained in the Android 4.4 FAQ section - “Galaxy Nexus, which first launched two years ago, falls outside of the 18-month update window when Google and others traditionally update devices.”

A petition has been started by one Galaxy Nexus owner, for this to be revisited by Google.

It has now gained over 17,800 signatures, at the time of going to press.

Just over 7,000 more is required, presumably, before it finds its way to its intended recipient.

SamMobile reports this is the Sundar Pichai, Senior Vice President at Google, overseeing Android, Chrome and Google Apps.

The title notes the biggest issue is the lack of updated binaries, and hardware drivers, for the OMAP chipset, which powers the Galaxy Nexus.

Adding, Texas Instruments (TI) is no longer making mobile processors, so getting them to update the OMAP platform will be impossible.

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Rob Kerr