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On Android 4.4 Day, Sprint’s Galaxy Nexus Finally Gets Android 4.3

October 31, 2013 - Written By Alexander Maxham

You know how we always say that the CDMA Galaxy Nexus’ (Sprint’s and Verizon’s) are always so slow at getting updates? Well today, Sprint started pushing out the Android 4.3 update to their Galaxy Nexus, just hours before Google announced Android 4.4. This should be the last update for the Sprint Galaxy Nexus (AKA Toroplus). Why? Well because Google has decided that the Galaxy Nexus won’t get updated to Android 4.4, despite KitKat being able to support devices with 512MB of RAM and above and the Galaxy Nexus has a full gigabyte. Both Sprint and Verizon had already discontinued the Galaxy Nexus, so it’s kinda surprising to see this device getting an update today. It’s not really surprising to see the Galaxy Nexus hit end-of-life now since it was announced in October 2011, and Verizon’s was released in December 2011, with Sprint’s a few months later. It’s definitely an older device.

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As we’ve reported many times already, the Sprint Galaxy Nexus has never seen a timely update. Why are we beating this dead horse? Well because the Nexus 5 is coming to Sprint. And as much as we want to believe that updates will be quick, we  don’t know that for sure, thus we have to look back at history to see how updates were handled. Although I’ve heard that the Nexus 5 from Google Play can be activated on Sprint’s network, so there’s some hope for the update coming straight from Google, which would be amazing. But don’t hold your breathe…yet.

So what does this update bring? Not much. It brings Bluetooth Low Energy support and a bunch of other under-the-hood changes. Bringing it to software version GJ04, and it’ll be rolling out over the next 10-21 days. So look out, if you’re still rocking a Sprint Galaxy Nexus.

How many of you are still rocking a Galaxy Nexus? Have you flashed a custom ROM yet?