Google Is Testing Android N On The Nexus 5

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As you probably already know by now, Google has released the Android N Developer Preview yesterday. The company has rolled out this developer preview build of Android N to Nexus 5X, Nexus 6P, Nexus 6, and Nexus 9, at least as far as smartphones and tablets are concerned. You can go to Google’s Dev site, download the update and flash it manually, or you can join Google’s all-new beta program and get the update OTA for your device.

That being said, as soon as the Developer Preview rolled out, and Google announced to which devices it is available, people started to wonder whether the Nexus 5 will get the update at some point. Well, those of you who still own the Nexus 5 will be glad to hear that Google seems to be open for that idea. According to Google’s Git repositories, the company is testing Android N on the Nexus 5 after all. If you take a look at the image down below, you’ll get to see that ‘Hamerhead’ is listed, which is the codename for the Nexus 5. Now, we immediately assumed that Google thinks Nexus 5 is too old to run Android N, but that might not be the case after all. This listing surely gives hope that Google plans to roll out Android N to Nexus 5 at some point, though it is possible they’re only testing the update on the device and might give up in the end, we’ll see.


The Nexus 5 was released back in 2013, and was manufactured by LG. This handset doesn’t have the latest and greatest hardware any more, of course, but it could be powerful enough to run Android N. The Nexus 5 sports a 5-inch 1080p (1920 x 1080) display, along with 2GB of RAM. The device is fueled by the Snapdragon 800 32-bit quad-core processor, which is aided by the Adreno 330 GPU for graphics. The Nexus 5 originally shipped with Android 5.0 Lollipop pre-installed, but it is upgradeable to Android 6.0 Marshmallow, just in case you were wondering. All we can do at this point is wait and see if Google intends on releasing Andriod N on the Nexus 5 or not, we’ll definitely make sure to let you know if new info surfaces.

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