Google ends support for older Nexus phones

New-Nexus-5While Android Nougat has just been released, the bad news for fans of Google’s mobile OS is that it will not be coming to either the Nexus 5 or 7 handsets.

The search giant confirmed that it was ending support for these devices, which should not come as a surprise as Google had only guaranteed this until the end of last year.

The good news is that people who own either one of these handsets will still be getting security updates for the next year or so, meaning that even if the latest iteration of Android is not onboard, they will still be able to operate effectively and avoid unnecessary exposure to cyber threats.

The fact that the mobile upgrade cycle at the moment lasts for around two years means that it is possible for manufacturers to cease supporting devices relatively quickly. But for people who prefer to hang onto smartphones for longer periods, it is still a shame to see newer OS updates not being supported.

Sometimes the power of the hardware is a limiting factor in determining whether or not an update is viable. But given that the Nexus 5 and 7 were both cutting edge upon launch, it seems unlikely that they would be incapable of running Android Nougat.