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Still hope for the Nexus 5 as Google starts testing Android N on the device

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Still hope for the Nexus 5 as Google starts testing Android N on the device
Yesterday, when Google introduced the Android N Developer Preview, it announced that this build of the Android OS was available for stock Android phones like the Nexus 5X, Nexus 6P, Nexus 6 and the Nexus 9. As we pointed out, the Nexus 5 was not included in the list. Despite its popularity, the Nexus 5 is considered too old by Google to run Android N smoothly.

But there is still a chance that the LG manufactured Nexus 5 won't be stuck forever with Android 6.0 inside. Looking at Google’s Git repositories, it is apparent that Android N is being tested for the Nexus 5. You can see that in the image that accompanies this story, as "android-n-preview 1" is listed on "Hammerhead," which is the Nexus 5. 

The Nexus 5 has the Snapdragon 800 under the hood with a quad-core 2.3GHz CPU, the Adreno 330 GPU, and 2GB of RAM inside. Will all that be enough to run Android N in a satisfactory manner? That will depend on what happens with the testing. There still is some hope for those of you rocking the Nexus 5, that Android N will be made available for the handset which originally launched on October 31st, 2013.

Google is testing Android N for the Nexus 5

Google is testing Android N for the Nexus 5

source: AndroidGit via TheBleg.com

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posted on 10 Mar 2016, 02:16 1

1. tyrionTheWise (unregistered)

My love for stock android suddenly increased. Waiting for nexus 6P 2016.

posted on 10 Mar 2016, 02:46 1

4. vincelongman (Posts: 5068; Member since: 10 Feb 2013)

Same here (unless Apple blows everyone away with the iPhone 7)

Also more hope for N on the Nexus 5
Bluetooth Android N settings on the Nexus 5

From the Android Support Library 23.2 announcement

posted on 10 Mar 2016, 02:36 1

2. Dimass (Posts: 2; Member since: 09 Sep 2015)

My Nexus 5 is running perfectly, they don't will force me to change it.

posted on 10 Mar 2016, 02:41 2

3. Wiencon (Posts: 2022; Member since: 06 Aug 2014)

Yep and if Google suddenly decides to drop it then XDA will get it to Android 9 at least
This is the beauty of Android

posted on 10 Mar 2016, 02:52 2

5. vincelongman (Posts: 5068; Member since: 10 Feb 2013)

Unless if Google totally drop support for 32-bit Android, I could see XDA supporting it for another 5 years

Maybe even to close to 10 more years
At that point it might finally start slowing down, although its battery would definitely need replacing

posted on 10 Mar 2016, 03:14

6. WPX00 (Posts: 462; Member since: 15 Aug 2015)

Had it had a removable battery, i think it would have easily become a modern day HTC HD2.

posted on 10 Mar 2016, 03:37 2

7. vincelongman (Posts: 5068; Member since: 10 Feb 2013)

It is actually removable battery
I haven't needed to replace mine, but according to YouTube videos it takes about 10 mins to replace

But yea, it would be nicer if it was easily replace the HTC HD2

posted on 10 Mar 2016, 06:18 2

8. UglyFrank (Posts: 1939; Member since: 23 Jan 2014)

The Nexus 4 could've still been updated tbh

posted on 10 Mar 2016, 08:35

9. Kelley71 (Posts: 90; Member since: 26 Nov 2012)

If it'll run on the N5, it'd run on the N7 2013. I'm patiently watching to see if I have to go the XDA route.

posted on 10 Mar 2016, 10:09 1

10. tokuzumi (Posts: 1211; Member since: 27 Aug 2009)

The Nexus 5 actually opens apps faster than the Nexus 6 (at least in my side by side testing), and typically runs smoother, overall. Only difference was the Nexus 6 didn't refresh apps as often, with that extra GB of RAM. And with the 5X having 2GB of RAM, the 5 *should* be able to run N without issue. It's just a matter of whether Google wants to spend the time to test on the Nexus 5.

posted on 10 Mar 2016, 11:58 1

11. Hitokage (Posts: 103; Member since: 01 Mar 2015)

That's a bit of a problem with Android flagships/ex-flagships. Even the American Galaxy S3 (2 GB of RAM) is theoretically enough to smoothly handle the newer OS's, if phones like the Moto G 2015 are anything to go by. It's baffling that say, the LG G2 (Snapdragon 800, 2 GB of RAM) isn't ever going to get even Marshmallow, yet by next year, I'm sure there'll be $100 phones with Snapdragon 210s (or whatever the newest 2XX line will be) running N passably, with 4XX and beyond devices running it smoothly.

As much as I love Android, lack of effort to update (and fragmentation in general) is still a major issue

posted on 10 Mar 2016, 20:58

12. shimanto1123 (Posts: 105; Member since: 20 Nov 2014)

Currently happy with my Zenfone 2. But next time my daily driver will be a nexus device.

posted on 11 Mar 2016, 16:54

13. matistight (Posts: 566; Member since: 13 May 2009)

Ah, the CheapFone 2 by Asus.

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