All good things must come to an end, right? As the years move on we have to come to terms with the fact that older Android devices just aren’t a priority for developers anymore.
The most illustrious team of developers, the CyanogenMod team, as unfortunately put the nail in the coffin for a certain group of devices. Phones with Qualcomm’s S1 (full list of phones and SoCs are below) processor will no longer receive support past Gingerbread, or CyanogenMod 7.2.
While many developers have shown that Ice Cream Sandwich and Jelly Bean can run, and run smoothly, on these older devices, the CyanogenMod team says it’s more than performance.
These modern versions of Android introduced framework changes that aren’t completely compatible with the hardware these devices have, and while they say it’s possible to hack and slash their way onto the devices it probably isn’t worth the trouble.
Not only do these methods require a lot of time and effort, it could also be detrimental to compatibility issues with apps in the Google Play Store. Long story short, the team wants to deliver the most stable and reliable experience possible, and to do that with these devices would be nearly impossible.
After all, they do have the biggest device list of any team of developers in the after-market Android space. So farewell to devices like the Nexus One, the EVO 4G, the HTC Hero, and more.
Well, not really: chances are unofficial ports and builds of CM10 will make their way to these devices, but don’t expect any official support from the CyanogenMod team. As for the list of devices and SoCs that are being dropped, be sure to look below. [via Google+]
The list of affected devices are as follows: blade, bravo, bravoc, buzz, c660, click, cooper, desirec, e510, e720, es209ra, espresso, hero, heroc, inc, legend, liberty, morrisson, motus, one, p500, passion, robym, s5670, supersonic, tass, u8150, u8220, z71, zero
The Nexus One, along with the other first generation Snapdragon devices (devices with the QSD8x50, MSM7x25, MSM7x27 and MSM7x27T SoCs), will not be supported beyond the CM 7.x (Gingerbread) branch.