Following the release of Android Nougat, developers are hard at work getting the new OS on older hardware. We’ve already seen builds go live for the officially unsupported Nexus 5 and Nexus 7 2013, and now we’ve got even more devices running on N including the Nexus 4, OnePlus One, multiple Samsung tablets, and the Raspberry Pi 3…
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First off, XDA developer zaclimon has already gotten Nougat running on the 4-year old Nexus 4, dropped by Google after Android Lollipop. This very early build boots, but it’s definitely not daily driver material. So far the ROM has Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, RIL (radio interface layer), H/W Acceleration, and USB working fully.
Brightness controls and audio are also working to some extent, but not fully. So far, though, the camera, NFC, and most sensors won’t work. These kind of issues are of course expected, but it’s still impressive to see the device getting a working ROM so quickly.
You can head over the original XDA thread to download the ROM for your Nexus 4 (at your own risk), and stay in the loop for future updates.
Another device which has always been popular with developers is the OnePlus One. That original OnePlus device has seen countless ROMs since its launch, thanks in part to its original partnership with Cyanogen.
Now, XDA member updateing has posted an early Nougat build for the device. Unlike on the Nexus 4, this build seems to have just about everything working, except for few bugs, apps, and features that aren’t working just yet. If you’re interested in giving this a shot, head over the original XDA thread for downloads and instructions.
Next let’s talk tablets, specifically, Samsung’s original Galaxy Tab S lineup. The Tab S 10.5 and 8.4 have been in the news quite a bit recently regarding official Marshmallow updates, but XDA member Schischu is taking things a step further by actively working on Nougat builds for both devices. So far he has builds ready for flashing for the WiFi and LTE variants of the 10.5, with the 8.4 coming soon.
Just about everything is working with these builds, minus RIL and some graphics problems when rotating the display. As you probably guessed, you can head over to the XDA thread to get download links and instructions for this one as well.
Last but not least, the Raspberry Pi 3. Before some Nexus devices even got Nougat upgrades, developers have had builds running on the Pi 3. For the most part, these are running without any noticeable issues, aside from a crash on the settings menu. You can head over to the developer’s website to grab the files needed to install this on your Pi 3, and even take a look at the source code.