In amongst all the excitement about new Nexus devices going on sale and promptly selling out, Android 4.2 is being made available to Galaxy Nexus devices. Conspicuous by their absence however were updates for the Nexus S and the Motorola Xoom. Googles Jean-Baptiste M. Queru has now confirmed on a Google Groups post that these devices will not be updated to 4.2.
“There is no support for 4.2 on Nexus S and Xoom. Those devices should continue using 4.1.2. “
Users have expressed their disappointment as neither of those 2 devices made it to the 2 year mark before support was dropped. The Motorola Xoom has been termed a “Google Experience Device” which made it into a sort of pseudo-nexus. Updates continue to be a problem on the Android platform but Google has been making all the right noises about fixing this. Making the current generation of Nexus devices much cheaper than their rivals will also take some of the sting out.