Google confirms Android Lollipop updates for older Nexus models
A few hours back, when we shared with you Google’s official Android 5.0 Lollipop announcement, we mentioned how the company had confirmed plans to deliver updates for the Nexus 5, 7, 10, and the various GPe models. That was well and good, but what about older entries in the Nexus family? We’d been wondering for months now what the update situation might look like for the Nexus 4 and first-gen Nexus 7, and Google’s words there, declining to mention the Nexus 4 and making no explicit effort to distinguish between the two Nexus 7 models, had us fearing the worst. Fortunately, it looks like there was nothing to worry about, as confirmation arrives that both Nexus devices will indeed be taking the road to Lollipop-land.
Google has amended its initial blog post to now clarify that the Nexus 4 will join its younger Nexus siblings in the embrace of Android 5.0. But what about the Nexus 7? While Google’s announcement still fails to differentiate between the models, Android Police asserts that it’s heard from Google that the 2012 Nexus 7 will very much be getting an Android Lollipop update of its own.
This is fantastic news for Nexus users who aren’t quite ready to move to new (and slightly more expensive than we’re used to) hardware. The Nexus S, for the sake of reference, was dropped from Google’s official update schedule just two years after its release (the same age the Nexus 4 is now), never getting a formal update to Android 4.2 Jelly Bean. The Galaxy Nexus similarly failed to get KitKat. We’re still not sure how much life beyond Android 5.0 the Nexus 4 and Nexus 7 will have left in them, but this is certainly cause to be optimistic.