There’s something about Nexus phones that other phones don’t quite have. It’s that 9 lives factor, knowing that any given device from the Nexus line probably won’t die as long as there was ever a strong development community behind it. We’ve seen it time and time again, and now the same is ringing true for the Galaxy Nexus.
With Texas Instruments out of the mobile space and the Galaxy Nexus well past end-of-life, you’d probably think it’s crazy to expect to be able to get Android L loaded up onto it. Thankfully that isn’t the case as developer heroes MWisBest and Ziyan’s work with the Galaxy Nexus’ OMAP chipset has ensured that the device won’t be left by the wayside anytime soon.
A recent update for the chipset’s Ducati cores now allows for more stable video encoding and decoding, as well as proper communication with the device’s camera drivers. KitKat was but an ugly duckling of a port before now, but this update makes it just as stable as it is on nearly any phone you’d find, and the same stands to be true for Android L once that finally arrives.
Many have already upgraded to more contemporary devices such as the Nexus 4 and Nexus 5 (and soon to be Nexus 6), but if you’re still clinging to your Galaxy Nexus then you can pop a cork and celebrate a little. Keep your ear to the development scene as we head to the closing moments of the year.