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

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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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posted on 02 Jul 2015, 09:11

1. Kruze (Posts: 1285; Member since: 30 Dec 2014)


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

posted on 02 Jul 2015, 09:15

2. yoosufmuneer (Posts: 1518; Member since: 14 Feb 2015)


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

posted on 02 Jul 2015, 09:21

4. Kruze (Posts: 1285; Member since: 30 Dec 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.

posted on 02 Jul 2015, 09:40 1

6. Planterz (Posts: 2110; Member since: 30 Apr 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.

posted on 02 Jul 2015, 09:24 1

5. waddup121 (unregistered)


its good being an old Nexus user...!

posted on 02 Jul 2015, 09:20

3. DeusExCellula (Posts: 1322; Member since: 05 Oct 2014)


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

posted on 02 Jul 2015, 10:16

7. hafini_27 (Posts: 898; Member since: 31 Oct 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.

posted on 04 Jul 2015, 11:45

11. Hitokage (Posts: 103; Member since: 01 Mar 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.

posted on 02 Jul 2015, 13:18

8. renatofp (Posts: 14; Member since: 15 Sep 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?

posted on 04 Jul 2015, 11:46

12. Hitokage (Posts: 103; Member since: 01 Mar 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.

posted on 05 Jul 2015, 11:45

13. renatofp (Posts: 14; Member since: 15 Sep 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.

posted on 02 Jul 2015, 20:44

9. plck74 (Posts: 65; Member since: 12 Dec 2013)


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

posted on 03 Jul 2015, 02:13

10. Taters (banned) (Posts: 6474; Member since: 28 Jan 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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