So the Nexus 5 smartphone, almost a 3-year old phone now, was one of the Nexus devices that have been dropped from the list of those who will be getting official Android Nougat updates. It’s pretty understandable, considering Google’s device support policies and timelines, but there are still a lot of people out there using the venerable LG-made Nexus 5. So it comes as a blessing that the aftermarket developer community again comes to the rescue of this device, giving it some Nougat flavors, albeit unofficial.
We have no doubts whatsoever that you remember the Nexus 5. The hardware is still somewhat current, a 5-inch FullHD screen powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor and supported by 2GB RAM. XDA developer “Santhosh M” is definitely of the opinion that this hardware set is still able to run Nougat, and so he created an AOSP (Android Open Source Project) ROM made from Android 7.0.
Upon testing, it looks like operations are smooth enough to already be “daily driver” status. Multi-window operations, one of Nougat’s standout features, seems to be working just fine. YouTube playback is solid along with multi-media playback through VLC and MX Player apps. A few third party apps were also tested, including Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.
If you are interested to give your Nexus 5 a taste of Android Nougat, check out the official XDA thread here. Make sure that you back up your data before going through the flashing process.