The Nexus 5 is one of the most popular Nexus releases ever. Period. No other handset in Google’s range of smartphones comes close. Not the Nexus 6P. Not the Nexus 4. And not even the soon-to-be-announced Nexus 2016 phones.
And now the handset, after three years of service, is DEAD.
Google confirmed it will not be receiving the Android Nougat update, meaning this is pretty much the end of the road for the the good ol’ Nexus 5.
You can still pick one up though via Amazon for basically next to nothing, so if you’re looking for a cheap handset you can mess around with the Nexus 5 is still a solid option.
You can of course install custom ROMs on the device and stretch out another year or so if you’re not willing to give up on the handset just yet. And given the popularity of the handset — it’s still used by millions of people — you can expect ROMs to be maintained and updated on a regular basis.
Just don’t expect any love from Google. Not anymore. The Nexus 5 has officially reached its end-of-life in Google’s eyes — and after three years, this shouldn’t really come as a surprise to anyone.
Still, this is a very sad day, because the Nexus 5 was a CLASSIC Android phone in almost every regard. It had a huge affect on the Android space and converted a lot of people to life-long adherents of Google’s Nexus phones.
The handset itself wasn’t perfect. Not by a long stretch. The camera was crap and so too was the battery life. But once you got beyond this there was a lot to love — the way it looked, the price, the size, the capabilities and, again, the price, which made it possible for a lot of people to escape bondage to a network.
I used my Nexus 5 for close to 18 months, an insanely long time for a phone journalist who has access to new phones every other week, and the reason for this was simple: I loved everything about this phone. It was as close to perfect, barring the aforementioned aspects, as a phone can be.
It just had something special about it that either completely resounded with you or went completely unnoticed. I think this is why it was so popular with so many people — they saw its unique, special nature. They felt it when they used it and for this reason they didn’t want to let go of the handset, despite massive innovation in the Android space during the time since its release.
So long, Nexus 5! It was a pleasure…