Google appears to be testing N preview on Nexus 5 and Nexus 7 (2013), but don’t get excited just yet

by: Bogdan PetrovanMarch 10, 2016
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The Nexus 5 remains one of the most popular Nexus devices out there, two and a half years after its release. To the vocal disdain of its loyal users, the device is not on the list of devices announced yesterday to get Android N developer preview builds. There is some very faint hope that the Nexus 5 will live to see another update, though.

android n preview logoSee also: (Update: official!) Android N features: everything confirmed, rumored and expected261

As first spotted by TheBleg.com, Google appears to be testing Android N preview on the Nexus 5, as well as variants of the Nexus 7 (2013). Code related to Android N preview has been spotted in Google’s repository for hammerhead, the codename of LG Nexus 5.

Specifically, some Nexus 5 code was marked with the “android-n-preview-1” tag. On further digging, we found the same tag on code for Asus Nexus 7 (2013) WiFi (flo) and Nexus 7 (2013) LTE (deb).

Note that the tag is present for all the Nexus devices confirmed to receive N preview (Nexus 6, Nexus 9, Nexus 5X, Nexus 6P, Nexus Player). The tag is not present for older devices like the Nexus 7 (2012) or the Nexus 4.

Now, it’s tempting to look at this as proof that Google is quietly working to surprise us with Android N releases for the Nexus 5 and Nexus 7 (2013). That might be true, but it may easily be just wishful thinking.

There’s a precedent here – Google did not include the Nexus 4 in its original announcement of the devices that would receive Lollipop. The company backtracked and said the omission of Nexus 4 was a simple mistake. But there’s no guarantee that the same is happening here.

Google may be simply testing Android N on the Nexus 5 to see how the OS runs on older hardware, with no intention to roll it out to users. Or it may have other reasons that we are completely unaware of.

Bottom line, Nexus 5 and Nexus 7 (2013) users, is you shouldn’t get too excited – while there is a theoretical possibility that Android N will one day hit your devices, the code mentioned above is not conclusive proof.

  • Adhitya Mohan

    Nobody cares CM> Stock ROM anyways and you can’t overclock in a stock ROM. There will updates from the community at least for 2 years even if Google decides to turn off the lights.

    • Brandito

      I care

    • tuts

      I care

      • Adhitya Mohan

        Guys you don’t get what I am saying do you Google’s update cycle for the device is over. Even though they put the curtains down the community will keep it alive, there is no need to worry about the lack of updates. This article is pointless IMO

        • Brandito

          I don’t think it’s pointless

        • Bob

          I don’t think it’s pointless

        • Abhijeet

          I don’t think it’s pointless

        • dk

          i don t think its pointless

          • Avi D

            I don’t think it’s pointless

        • Ben Miller

          I don’t point it’s thinkless

        • Zain Qureshi

          I Don’t Think Its Pointless

        • YOTOPRULES .

          I dont think its pointless

    • Lukas Jancik

      I care

    • Abhijeet

      I care

    • Gelson Junior

      I care

    • I care

    • I care

    • mcdonsco

      Something about overclocking a phone just seems stupid.

    • dk

      i care

    • Zain Qureshi

      I Care

    • Aki I.

      I care

    • Andy Chow

      I care

    • aclegg2011

      You can overclock a stock rom. A custom kernel is what supports overclocking.

    • YOTOPRULES .

      I care

  • Druk Ležaj

    Dear Google and OEMs,you don’t need to rush cause we all know that this time next year only 2% percent of all android phones will rock N.

  • Please, I want stock N on my Nexus 5. Please Father Google, please!

    • LOL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • derk p

      and nexus 7 (2013)!!!!

    • YOTOPRULES .

      Haha!!! Father Google!!!!!

    • Nancy

      Nexus 5X, 5, 7, 9, 6P, 6 and more is now on sale only at NexusPhoneOffers:com

  • Abhijeet

    Apple supported iPhone 4S and some other older devices for almost 5 years. Even if other OEMs don’t follow suit, at least Google can support its own product line, just to set a good example.

    • Benedict

      Not supporting old systems is a sign of innovation. The fact that Apple does that for 5 year old hardware only proves the no-innovation blame. What should then be new on the latest devices/OS if an old device does the same job?!

      • Julen Gaumard

        ^^What a retard looks like.

        • Benedict

          You shouldn’t be too harsh with yourself…

      • Josh

        I don’t want to come off as rude, but that’s absolutely ridiculous. It would be one thing if the Nexus 5 were incapable of running Android N, or if it were missing some necessary hardware components, but it isn’t. It should absolutely be able to run Android N smoothly. Not giving it the update isn’t innovation. It’s planned obsolescence. It’s intentionally handicapping a perfectly capable piece of hardware. What you’re saying is that we shouldn’t get the most out of our old devices just to make new ones look better than they actually are. How about we actually let the new devices do the talking instead? Now THAT is a sign of innovation!

        New devices already have huge advantages over the Nexus 5. They have much better battery life, faster chipsets, more storage, better build quality, fingerprint sensors, bigger/better displays at higher resolutions, etc. Those are already plenty of advantages. There’s no reason to add outdated software to that list.

    • Christian

      That is the reason why I leave android ( i have nexus 5 ). I don’t want to buy every 2 years a new phone, 5X its a little bit good than nexus 5. Google just want to buy a new phone, not to keep it for long. Its all about the “money”. Goodbye google , welcome apple. I hope all who have a nexus 5 will not upgrade their phone to 5x or other and move all to apple for long years update’s.

  • Daggett Beaver

    Don’t get excited yet. Hold on, because we still have 35 more articles on Android N in the queue.

  • John Doe

    Please say YES!!!

  • TheScientists

    Hoping my N7 is blessed by the Googly overlords. But if not, XDA is this way –>

  • Satongi

    older hardware.. cmon, snadragon 800 still kicks ass, and my Z Ultra is still alive and rolling!

    • YOTOPRULES .

      Yeah, my nexus 5 runs marshmallow fine! I’m sure it would have no problems running android n

  • Google should be release latest update at least Android “N” cause no difference making from other, For other they will have to wait some time to get OS Update, Its should be 3 years we don’t feel our device is out datated as we are paying quite high amount

  • Ron

    That would be great to get one more year out of this awesome phone.

  • TDN

    This is just common practice, they usually test the new firmware on most Nexus devices to get a feel for what works and what doesn’t. I would love for N to make its way to my Nexus 5, but it is rather unlikely that it will.

  • The 2013 Nexus 7 turns 3 years old this summer and since the 2012 Nexus 7 did not get Android M last year, I’m not sure the 2013 Nexus 7 will, but that would be nice. If Google decides not to make Android N for the 2013 Nexus 7, then they should come out with a new Nexus 7 this year. People say the Nexus 9 is too big and the Nexus 7 is a nice compact size. My 2013 Nexus is working well on Android 6.0.1

  • Teo

    Baia mare :) Si eu sunt roman

  • mizkitty

    My Nexus 7 (2013) didn’t get Marshmallow until the last possible minute…no preview releases at all.
    By the time it actually happened it was just a nice surprise…

  • Rony

    Remember the Nexus 7(2013) didn’t get the M developer Preview but got it in the end.

  • aclegg2011

    Just because Google didn’t release android N images for N5 or N7 (2013) doesn’t mean you can’t build android N for the device. Question is, can you use android M binaries on android N?

  • I have two Nexus 7 2013. One is for my personal use, and on which I have installed CM 13. The other is for app development, which is running Google’s stock Marshmallow. Every other day, I am tempted to install CM 13 on it, because Google’s stock ROM lacks features and customisation. The only time I would wish Google had supported Nexus 7 2013 is like this time around, when they are releasing preview versions, because CM is not ready yet.
    But once CM is ready, I would not mind if Google abandoned my Nexus at all.

  • King7Dom

    I reckon they want all the developers to move to the newer phones, so it can take advantage of the new hardware integration like fingerprint sensors and what not. Once it hits production, they will push the update to Nexus 5 and Nexus 7.