Google Inc. this week said it will not update the Nexus One smartphone with Ice Cream Sandwich, the latest version of the Android OS, due to age of the product.

Hugo Barra, Product Management Director for Android, told The Telegraph this week that the Nexus One was too old to run the new operating system.

The Nexus One, developed by HTC Corp., was released by Google in 2010.

The new Android 4.0 OS, code-named Ice Cream Sandwich, includes the ability to create folders of apps, list view and flick away currently running apps, take screen shots, save e-mails for offline search, set mobile data limits, Android Beam to bump info to another user, and a new face unlock feature to unlock the phone via facial recognition technology.

Finally, the new OS is said to include improved copy / paste functionality, added photo editing options, and an improved keyboard.

The first device to utilize Ice Cream Sandwich will be Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd.’s Nexus Prime, which includes a 4.65-inch display at 1280 x 720 resolution, 1GB RAM, 5MP camera with 1080p video recording, 1.3MP front-facing camera, barometer, and NFC technology.

Pricing and carrier information is to be determined.

Prior devices in the Nexus line include the Nexus S by Samsung and the Nexus One.

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