Unsurprisingly, the latest Android firmware (nicknamed Nougat) arrived first in Nexus devices. However, it’s important to note that not all Nexus models will receive the update; the newest ones are obviously eligible for Nougat, but older units may or may not get the firmware.
Nexus 5 and Nougat
One of the models that will not get Nougat is the Nexus 5, which was the result of a collaboration between Google and LG. Released on November 2013, it gained a lot of praise from many users because of its unique design, great performance, and budget-friendly price. Unfortunately, this three-year-old model has not been included in Google’s update list and will not get the official Nougat update.
Fortunately, if you own a Nexus 5, you can still get Android Nougat by downloading a custom ROM for it. One of your best options is the stable AOSP build created by developers from XDA-Developers.com, which allows Nexus 5 phones to upgrade to Nougat. Bluetooth, Wi-Fi connection, camera, Radio Interface Layer, basic user interface, and third-party apps all work fine in this build, although it may have problems with Android Pay and other secured features. The multi-window feature is also a bit sluggish as of this writing, although this may be fixed in succeeding versions.
You can download this custom ROM from androiddevs.net/downloads. Make sure to back up your data before doing anything to avoid losing important files. Of course, remember that downloading and installing custom ROMs can lead to a void warranty and even a bricked device, so proceed with caution.
Nexus 6 and Nougat
If you own a Nexus 6, here’s some good news for you: you can get Android Nougat soon. No one’s really sure why the Nougat update for this Motorola-made model was delayed, although some suspect that it had something to do with battery issues.
The build number for the Nexus 6 Nougat update is NBD90Z, and it’s 860MB in size. It has been rolled out starting October 4, and many Nexus 6 owners have reported that they’re getting the update through OTA connection. You can wait for the OTA update but, if you’re eager to get your hands on Android Nougat, you can get it by using Google’s official factory images.
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