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Android 7.0 might drop this month without Nexus 5 support

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Google announced that Android 7.0 would be Android Nougat, and it includes your usual new features and under the hood enhancements that we see with all new Android releases. However, they didn’t announce when Nougat would be officially available for our devices.

The good news is that if you’re tired of waiting for Google to announce something, Evan Blass has kindly tipped everyone off as to when Android 7.0 should be available to Nexus devices.

If the rumor holds up, Android 7.0 will be available this month with the August 5th security patch. It would make sense for Google to begin rolling out new software with monthly security patches, since it helps keep everything consolidated.

Not all of the news is good, however; it doesn’t look like the Nexus 5 will be seeing Nougat, leaving it semi-permanently on Marshmallow. The Nexus 5 was released in October of 2013, so it’s nearly three years old at this point. That’s clear of Google’s promised two years of Android version updates for the device, and since it will still likely be getting security patches, it’s technically not outdated. It’s simply a bummer to see a capable phone already missing from the latest and greatest of Android.

On the bright side, that should be the only Nexus device to get cut off this time around. The Nexus 6, Nexus 9, Nexus 6P, and Nexus 5X should all be seeing a shiny software upgrade next month.

Once all of the Nexus devices start receiving updates, it’s only a matter of time before other OEMs begin to trickle the software down their product lines.

source: Evan Blass (Twitter)


About the Author: Jared Peters

Born in southern Alabama, Jared spends his working time selling phones and his spare time writing about them. The Android enthusiasm started with the original Motorola Droid and an unhealthy obsession with fixing things that aren't broken. This accidentally led to being the go-to guy for anything more complicated than a toaster, which he considers more of a curse than a blessing. Jared is enrolled in online classes at the University of Phoenix, and spends his spare time on video games and listening to music.


  • http://www.davinp.com/ Davin Peterson

    The 2013 Nexus 7 is also 3 years old and might not get Android 7.0 either.