Android 7.0 Nougat (sort of) up and running on the Google Nexus 5

While the much-loved Google Nexus 5 has not been carried forward with the latest Android 7.0 Nougat, hackers and modders have naturally decided to ditch the rule book. The firmware only rolled out a couple of days back and already, a port of Nougat is semi-functional on the LG-made cult hero. Sure, it still needs a generous amount of tweaking, and everyday necessities like the camera and Bluetooth are missing. But let's not kill the romance here — the Nexus 5 (un)officially runs Nougat!

As ever, the diligent folk of XDA-Developers, specifically user Santhosh M, should be credited with this very early port straight from the AOSP ROM. Since there are more than a few cogs missing at this moment, installation is not recommended on a daily driver. Heck, even if you do have a spare device and the requisite technical nous, you may still wish to wait until further progress has been made.

As aforementioned, there's no Bluetooth or camera, and quite a few other problems are likely to beset those brave enough to dive in. Impressively on a few days' work, though, the port offers RIL connectivity, Wi-Fi, basic audio, touch, and the display drivers are said to be in good working order. 

It's still very early doors, but given the Android community's affinity to the Nexus 5, it's more than likely that a number of fully functional Nougat ports will be possible in the near future. 

For now, if you've got a bit of spare time, a Nexus 5 collecting dust, and don't mind dipping your toes into the hackier side of Android, you can find the details at the source.

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Nexus 5
  • Display 5.0" 1080 x 1920 pixels
  • Camera 8 MP / 1.3 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 800, Quad-core, 2260 MHz
  • Storage 32 GB
  • Battery 2300 mAh(17h talk time)



1. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

I dig XDA and Cyanogen for such ROMs!

9. blueghost211

Posts: 57; Member since: Oct 19, 2015

Geijutsu wa bakuhatsu da! Katsu!

2. libra89

Posts: 2316; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

The creativity of people never fails to amaze me. Wow.

3. Mreveryphone

Posts: 1849; Member since: Apr 22, 2014

The 5 is more than capable of running 7... They just want you to buy the new hardware of course

6. Planterz

Posts: 2120; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

Yeah, there's that, and also the fact that they've 7 newer devices (if you include Android One) that they're already spending time/money/manpower keeping up to date, it doesn't make sense to update a nearly 3-year-old phone when most owners have moved on. Even for a company like Google. Still, security patches would be nice.

4. robklacy

Posts: 5; Member since: Aug 11, 2015

I would love it if Google just updated the battery, camera, and specs of the Nexus 5 and re-released it as is. I loved that phone. They can pull an Apple and just call it the Nexus 5SE.

7. Planterz

Posts: 2120; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

Sailfish might be pretty close to just that. And the 5X was pretty much just that.

5. Planterz

Posts: 2120; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

Seeing as how the Nexus 5, 4, and even the freakiing Galaxy Nexus all have 6.0.1 MM ROMs available, it's only a matter of time before stable Nougat ROMs are available. Maybe not for the Galaxy Nexus (although it's probably), but at least for the 4 and newer. The Nexus 4 is still a superior device than most "budget" phones with MT or SD400/410 processors and 1gb RAM despite being nearly 4 years old.

8. Kelley71

Posts: 105; Member since: Nov 26, 2012

The Nexus 5 doesn't support the MultiSIM for Fi. Other than that, it's a perfectly reasonable phone to still be carrying these days; it's a shame that Dirty Unicorns or ParanoidAndroid are going to have to fill in the gap.

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