To a certain extent, it feels natural for mobile enthusiasts to show a lot more interest in hardware upgrades prepped by Google rather than software makeovers. The two new Nexuses in the pipeline are palpable and, if you disregard the recent rumor flood, more secretive than Android 6.0 Marshmallow, which broke cover months ago and was gradually detailed in the meantime.
Nonetheless, we don’t know everything about the M build of the world’s most popular operating system just yet, and a big question mark hovers around the names of older devices due for promotions beyond Lollipop.
It’s likely going to be months until third-party phone manufacturers confirm their plans on this front, but as far as Google is concerned, it should all be cleared up in a matter of weeks, tops. Now, it’s obviously safe to presume the Nexus 6, 9 and even the original N5 will have no problem leaping to Marshmallow, given they won’t be two by the time Android 5.0 and 5.1 officially become obsolete.
Likewise, as much as it might pain you to admit, optimizing the fresh set of power management functions, subtle UI tweaks, and general performance enhancements for the Nexus 4, first-gen N7 and N10 isn’t worth the effort for Mountain View engineers.
Overall therefore, the Nexus 7 2013 is the only family member on the bubble. Technically older than 24 months already, having been released in July 2013, this is still unusually popular, especially since it never got a sequel, so it makes perfect sense for Google to pay its respects and go the extra mile.
Android Police founder Artem Russakovskii appears confident that’s going to be the case later this year, claiming “the Nexus 7 2013 will get Marshmallow.” Not could, not might, “will.” Hopefully, shortly after its younger relatives, and in a more stable form off the bat than Lollipop goodies last year.