While the Nexus 5 will likely live to see the chewy center of Nougat via community-built custom ROMs, it's now official that the phone so many of us loved will never get a Google-sanctioned Android 7.0 release. Let us mourn.
The Nexus 5 launched in late 2013 - you can go back and read our review, in which Liam, Ryan, and I took to a single post to combine our thoughts on the device. They were largely positive, too: the Nexus 5 was easily the most well-received Nexus phone yet when it was released, with both consumers and reviewers alike praising its unique design, excellent performance, and compelling price. The Nexus 5 sought to really perfect the formula Google and LG laid out in the Nexus 4 and, in my opinion, they came exceedingly close. The Nexus 5 was the right phone, at the right time, at the right price.
And lest we forget, it was the debut device for Android 4.4 KitKat, introducing us to features like immersive mode, the storage access framework, Google Now Launcher (as it was later known), and a more modern NFC payment system.
The Nexus 5 was also the butt of battery life and camera jokes from day one, and honestly, I cannot believe how many of you here at Android Police are still using one. Looking at traffic in the last 30 days - nearly three years after the Nexus 5 was released - it remains easily in the top ten devices visiting the site (yes, I'm creeping on your device stats in our site analytics). It's downright impressive the level of dedication and, frankly, love people have shown for this phone, and I have to imagine many of you are on a second or third (or fourth?) battery replacement by now. But it just goes to show what a truly huge impact this phone had on the larger Android community. It was a big deal.
So while the Nexus 5 won't be getting Android 7.0, passing the ominous "oldest supported Nexus" crown to the Nexus 6, it will likely be remembered for years as the Nexus phone - full stop. And I think that's appropriate. So, Nexus 5, farewell.
I can only imagine how many people will be hacking Android 10.0 onto you another three years from now... assuming the battery lasts long enough to flash a ROM.
Oh, and the Nexus 7 (2013) isn't getting Nougat, either. Rita made me throw that in for completeness. Here's my obit: the Nexus 7 was a thing, too. Both of mine broke. RIP, I guess. (I jest - mostly. The Nexus 7 was a fine little tablet, but there's no doubt the Nexus 5 overshadows it today.)