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Android Nougat kind of arrives on the Nexus 5, if you’re bold

Modders have already figured out how to throw Nougat onto the Nexus 5, but we hope you don't mind losing camera and Bluetooth functionality...

Published onAugust 24, 2016

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Although there’s a lot of community affection for the Nexus 5, many users were dismayed to learn that it would not be receiving Android Nougat. However, in this age of constant modding and customizing, it was only a matter of time before someone came up with a way to run Nougat on their beloved Nexus 5… and it turns out that time was quite short indeed.

Yes, even though the firmware for Android 7.0 just arrived this week, XDA Developers have come up with a port from the AOSP  ROM. If you’re particularly brave, you can now run Nougat on the Nexus 5. There are, however, a few key caveats.

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The camera, for instance, doesn’t work. Or Bluetooth. And there’s a slew of stability issues.

Basically, if your Nexus 5 is your primary device, you might want to hold off on unofficially upgrading to Nougat until a little more progress is made. Frankly, the cult fandom of this device seems strong enough that we’d be surprised if an essentially fully-functional Nexus 5 version of Android 7.0 doesn’t emerge from the modding community in the coming months.

The camera, for instance, doesn’t work. Or Bluetooth. And there’s a slew of stability issues.

In order to flash Nougat to your aging pride and joy, you’ll need to have TWRP, do a full wipe and install the rom, then reboot. Full details can be found over at XDA Forums courtesy of user Santhosh M.

What do you think of this early version of Nougat for the Nexus 5? Will you be flashing it to your device? Let us know in the comments below!

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