Nexus 4, 10 and 7 (2012) might still be prepped for Android M, code updates reveal

Nexus 4, 10 and 7 (2012) might still be prepped for Android M, code updates reveal
Oh, Google, why do you tease us like that? Just like with the announcement that the Galaxy Nexus won't be getting Android 4.4 KitKat, Google issued a warning that Android M won't be coming to the oldie Nexus 4, Nexus 10 and Nexus 7 (2012). Well, Google kept its claim when it comes to the Galaxy Nexus, but those three might have a different fate.

When fiddling around the AOSP repositories of the Nexus 10, codenamed manta, a fresh update from May 28th was found, marked as “android-m-preview.” Similar code updates were found for the Nexus 4, dubbed mako, and the Nexus 7 Wi-Fi version, known as "grouper." While Google might just be playing around with those, and the upcoming Android M build, the sheer fact that it is committing valuable resources to the aging Nexus group, might bode well for a pleasant Android M surprise for their owners at some point.


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13 Comments

1. Kruze

Posts: 1285; Member since: Dec 30, 2014

There's hope for the Xperia Z and Moto X (first gen) getting Android M.

2. yoosufmuneer

Posts: 1518; Member since: Feb 14, 2015

But I am sure the Galaxy S4 wouldn't get it. 5.1 would be its last breath. I might flash CM.

4. Kruze

Posts: 1285; Member since: Dec 30, 2014

I thought Snapdragon 600 is more than capable to run Android M? If a phone like Xperia Z and Moto X with Snapdragon S4 Pro can get Android M but the Galaxy S4 can't, then Samsung must be a joke.

6. Planterz

Posts: 2120; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

The S4 Pro and SD 600 are the same processor; the 600 is simply a later, higher clocked version. And yes, the GS4 is more than capable enough of running M (since SD 410 powered phones will be running it eventually), but Samsung is unlikely to bother updating a 2-3 year old device, even a flagship. It really isn't a matter of hardware capability, but rather manufacturer support. I mean, there's custom 5.1 ROMs available for the original Galaxy S. Although I guess there's the problem of adding all of Samsung's TouchWiz crap. My 1.5 year old Galaxy Light can barely handle Jellybean.

5. waddup121 unregistered

its good being an old Nexus user...!

3. DeusExCellula

Posts: 1390; Member since: Oct 05, 2014

Well im fckin scared to update my Nexus 7 2nd Gen to 5.02.. I hear it bricks the tablets... so ,,,

7. hafini_27

Posts: 945; Member since: Oct 31, 2013

It has been fixed long ago. I updated mine right when there is an update notification. Smooth and better battery compared to when on Kit Kat.

11. Hitokage

Posts: 103; Member since: Mar 01, 2015

Android Police looked into that, it's a hardware issue in general. Apparently support forums blew up with people complaining about bricked 2013 Nexus 7's, even those that haven't updated yet.

8. renatofp

Posts: 14; Member since: Sep 15, 2014

"Google issued a warning that Android M won't be coming to the oldie Nexus 4, Nexus 10 and Nexus 7 (2012)." When? any link?

12. Hitokage

Posts: 103; Member since: Mar 01, 2015

I think they're basing that off of Google's statement about 2 years of support for each Nexus. The 2012 Nexii are well over 2 years old now, so they aren't in Google's official support window.

13. renatofp

Posts: 14; Member since: Sep 15, 2014

But this was a rumor, wasn't it? That they would announce during the google I/O the 2 year support policy, but I didn't see any official statement.

9. plck74

Posts: 65; Member since: Dec 12, 2013

OH my old model Nexus 7 2012 will get Android M!!!! Hope is not July Fool

10. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

That add is solid proof that the Nexus 4 was named by screen size. LG probably just didn't want to bother shrinking the Optimus G so they said 4.7, close enough to 4. That said, I still use my Nexus 10 everyday since launch even though the battery is dying and I will replace it soon.

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