It’s alive: Android 7.1 Nougat (unofficially) comes to the Galaxy Nexus


Find your Galaxy Nexus. There’s a way to put Android 7.1 Nougat on it.

Over on the XDA Forums, developers are working together to fine-tune the latest version of Android for an old favorite.


MWisBest and Ziyan have successfully brought Android 7.1 to the Galaxy Nexus with a couple of hiccups. Despite the Texas Instruments processor’s sluggishness, it’s running quite well. Identified issues, though, include mobile data and GPS outages. So it might be a good idea to wait on bug fixes if you’re, for whatever reason, using this phone in 2016.

The Galaxy Nexus, made by Samsung, was released in late 2011 by Google as the company’s third device in the line. Its key features included the 4.65-inch Super AMOLED display with 720p resolution, 5MP rear camera, and Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich running from the start. Google earned applause for innovating with these things yet performance and battery life truly dragged down the overall perception of the Galaxy Nexus.

While it only ever reached Android 4.3 Jelly Bean, there was a custom ROM to get the Galaxy Nexus unofficially to Android 4.4 KitKat. I was using this custom ROM during my last few months with the device before deciding to upgrade to the HTC One (M8) in June 2014.

If you’re someone still rocking the Galaxy Nexus 4-5 years later, I assume this is unbelievable news and you’re crying happy tears; however, chances are your unit is no longer in commission and thus you can have a little bit of fun and see what Nougat is like on an aged device.

It’s pretty funny that the Galaxy Nexus is getting Android 7.1, even if it’s unofficially, before devices like the Galaxy S7 and HTC 10.

Source: XDA Forums

About the Author: Justin Herrick

Born and raised in New Jersey, Justin is a graduate of Fairleigh Dickinson University where he studied marketing with a focus on digital marketing. He's very talkative and enjoys discussing anything from technology and sports to video games and television. As for Justin's current device rotation, he carries around the Google Pixel and Nexus 9. In the rare case that his phone or tablet is not in his hand, he is either flicking through cards on his Moto 360 (2015) or typing away on the Microsoft Surface Book. Justin is patiently waiting for the day that Google replicates the Galaxy Nexus with modern day specifications.