When Google released the developer preview of Android N, the handsets and devices with the software included the Nexus 6, Nexus 5X, Nexus 6P, Nexus 9, Nexus Player, the Pixel C, and the Android One handset. Missing from that list is the Nexus 5 which was released back in 2013, making it a 3-year old device.
The omission is a bit ominous as it would suggest that Google has decided that the Nexus 5 won’t get the Android N update after all. However it has been spotted that in Google’s Git repositories, there is evidence to show that Google has at the very least tested Android N for the Nexus 5, and that the last update was on the 16th of February which is a little less than a month ago.
Now there are several ways we can look at this. For one, the fact that the last update was on the 16th of February could mean that Google decided that at that point, Android N on the Nexus 5 just did not cut it and decided to stop right there and then. A second possibility is that Google could still be working on it and that they might have paused their work on it to focus on pushing out the developer preview for other devices first.
Since Android N is still quite a long way from being released to the public or its final build, it is possible that Google could eventually figure out a way to get the update onto the Nexus 5, or at least that’s what we’re hoping. There is no official word from Google regarding the Nexus 5 and Android N, so maybe until then we suggest that Nexus 5 owners should temper their expectations.