Both Nexus 4 smartphone and Nexus 7 (2012) tablet will be getting the latest Android 5.0 Lollipop update unlike earlier predicted. Google had conspicuously left out both the devices from the list of devices getting the new OS. Now, that’s fixed.
Last year, Google had left out Galaxy Nexus from Android 4.4 KitKat upgrade, but that was more to do with Texas Instruments leaving the SoC game than anything else. There were similar apprehensions this year too, particularly with Nexus 7 2012 which runs on the hugely unpopular Nvidia Tegra 3.
The Nexus 4 was released in October 2012 and was the first phone to run the quad-core 1.5 GHz Snapdragon S4 Pro processor. manufactured by LG, the 4.7-inch phone drew a lot of attention, thanks to the HD display, all glass body and highly competitive pricing. The Nexus 7 was manufactured by Asus and was released in July 2012. Running on Quad-core 1.2 GHz Nvidia Tegra 3, the 7-inch tablet ran into several issues, specially with slowing down due to NAND storage.
It’s still not clear exactly when these older Nexuses will be getting the Android L update; Google has only said it’s happening “in the coming weeks.” Also, it remains to be seen how well the new OS update performs on the aging hardware of Nexus 4 and Nexus 7 2012. Be sure that we’ll report on Lollipop’s performance on older phones and tablets once the update begins rolling out.