Google announced yesterday that it has finally released Android 7.0 Nougat. Now it’s going to be a long wait for most Android users as they wait for the update to go through their OEMs and carriers before it’s finally released for them. However, those who own Nexus devices will get the update immediately. There are a couple of Nexus devices that are not eligible for the update to Nougat and they will remain at Marshmallow, officially at least.
Google has dropped support for two outdated yet popular Nexus devices: the Nexus 5 and the Nexus 7 (2013) tablet. Both of these devices will not get an official update to Android 7.0 Nougat. The latest major update for these devices is Android 6.0 Marshmallow.
Nexus devices supported by Google for Android 7.0 Nougat include the Nexus 6, 6P, 5X, Nexus Player, Google Pixel C, and General Mobile 4G Android One smartphone. Check with your OEM if you’re unsure whether or not your device will be eligible for Nougat.
These devices have now received Nougat as Google sends out updates to Nexus smartphones and tablets directly, which is why many consider buying these devices in the first place. It eliminates the wait involved that so many Android users have to go through whenever a new major Android release comes out.
All is not lost for Nexus 5 and Nexus 7 (2013) owners. It’s only a matter of time after Google releases the Android 7.0 source code that developers will create third-party ROMs which will bring Nougat to these devices. It won’t be an official update but will enable owners of both of these devices to get a taste of Nougat.