Google used to have a pretty harsh cutoff when it came to pushing out software updates for older Nexus devices: 18 months and you’re done, no more updates for you. However, it looks like that may finally change this year with Android 5.0 Lollipop, which the company has now confirmed is heading to the Nexus 4 and the original Nexus 7 along with the more recent crop of stock Android devices.
Android Engineer Sascha Prüter confirmed the update for the Nexus 4 on Wednesday soon after Android 5.0 was officially announced, sharing the news with a Google+ status. Meanwhile, Android Police has confirmed that Lollipop is also heading to the first-generation Nexus 7. There’s no word on when these updates are coming, though we’d guess Google’s older devices will have to wait in line behind the newer ones.
Updating the Nexus 4 to Lollipop actually makes a lot of sense. Plenty of people still prefer a smaller screen over the massive Nexus 6 or even the 5-inch Nexus 5, and Google reportedly tested Android 5.0 on the older LG smartphones before releasing its new software.
The same can’t be said for the Nexus 7 (2012) though, which hasn’t really held up in the hardware department. Google also released an updated version of the device last year, and we’re curious to see whether the older model can even handle Android 5.0 Lollipop well. If you still have an original Nexus 7 lying around, you may as well give it a shot.
Still, it’s nice to see Google showing its older Nexus devices a little more love, and as the frantic race to offer the latest hardware each year begins to slow down, it might actually make sense to use the same smartphone for several years in a row. For all we know, the Nexus 6 will still be going strong in 2016 or even 2017, so hopefully Google will keep updating its hardware with the latest versions of Android for as long as possible down the line.