Dear Galaxy Nexus Whiners...
Please shut up.
No, seriously. I would like to humbly request that you, owners of Galaxy Nexus devices, sworn Holo Warriors and faithful followers of the Light of Duarte please, if you will, shut right. the hell. up.
We get it. You want Android 4.4 on your device because of reasons. Never mind that more and more of the new features coming out are going to Play Services (1) or just separate Google apps. Never mind that the bulk of the cool new toys that aren't going to roll out to the Play Store eventually—Hangouts is on its way, the launcher is rumored to follow, and you can download APKs for both right now—are minor things like "Now it's slightly easier to access the status bar while playing Angry Birds" and "You can record your screen if you hook your phone up to a computer and use a complicated command line tool." and "Some icons are white now." No, you want—nay, need
this update to be rolled out to your two-year-old device now
, and it is Google's responsibility to do the legwork on this because, a long time ago, you bought a device for an absurd discount below what similar phones on the market were sold for.
You are not special. You do not "deserve" updates more than anyone else solely because you bought a Nexus device. You will probably get
them sooner and more often than people with other phones, but please note that no one ever
made a promise for how long you would receive them. You'll get them first (2), but not infinitely. Google vaguely hinted at the intention to provide updates for 18 months a while ago but, you'll notice, the alliance with manufacturers and carriers that came along with that goal fizzled and disappeared. The 18 months rule is a guideline, but not canon. Nevertheless, your phone has still
been supported for at least that long.
But that's not enough for you. Because if you got five friggin' years of updates, you'd still whine. That's what it's all about. Some new thing is out and you just have
to have it. It must
be given to you, regardless of what it is. You won't care that you can just go download most of the cool new crap right now (3). Hell, when you finally accept that Google won't do it, you'll start making the same demands from volunteer developers
, because nothing matters but your personal satisfaction.
And you know what? I can totally sympathize with you. I have a Galaxy Nexus. Hell, I have a Sprint
variant and I had to give up on the hope of updates a long time ago because CDMA Nexus devices are second-class citizens that might get the scraps off a carrier's plate if we're lucky. It's not like I don't have room to complain right there with you.
But a change.org
petition? Really? (4) This is ludicrous guys. And for those who don't feel like scrolling to the bottom, let me highlight the good parts: 18,000—that's eighteen thousand_—people signed a change.org petition to _demand
Google provide them with KitKat for no other reason than they want it. For free. Someone also took the time to print those signatures out and will physically mail
it to Google.
Meanwhile, here's a petition calling for the end to drone strikes that kill civilians in foreign countries (warning: disturbing imagery): http://www.change.org/petitions/no-more-drone-strikes
It has a mere 1,023 signatures. No one is printing it out or mailing it anywhere.
If you don't like that your phone isn't going to receive a particular feature, fine. If you think that it could
receive it and that Google's just making crap up to get out of doing it, okay! You can have your opinion. No one's saying you can't. But please, for the love of crap, stop acting like Google (or anyone) owes
you something for free.
You're paying a comparatively minuscule cost for a miracle device and you got eighteen months of completely free
updates that added a metric ton of features that you didn't pay a cent for. And
you're continuing to get new features and updates via other methods like Play Services, which Google has been working relentlessly on so that you don't need
to get left out in the cold just because you don't have an OS update. You are not left behind, you're not abandoned, and your device is not part of some "planned obsolescence" scheme. Stop acting like Google ripped you off by not topping off all this incredible development and free software with a blowjob and a "Thank you, sir."