Android 4.5 or 5.0 Lollipop may be unveiled at the Google I/O 2014 along with the new Nexus 8 slate, replacing Nexus 7 2012 and 2013. But will Google update Nexus 4 and Nexus 7 2012 with next–gen Android version?
Exclusive Nexus Factor
Google always respects the Nexus exclusive factor on getting the latest Android OS but is obliged to follow the strict ruling of 18-month update window period. LG Nexus 4 received Android 4.4.2 KitKat since it is still within the update window period.
Nexus 4 was released in November 2012 while Android KitKat was announced in October last year. However, it will reach its 18-month software support around May 2014 which still away from the announcement of the next generation Android version. It is up to Google to reconsider Nexus 4 by then.
Nexus 7 2013 is definitely getting the next-gen Android while spending its first-year anniversary from being released while Nexus 7 2012 may not for it became available before Nexus 4 went out and probably will be ending life cycle on Android 4.4.2 KitKat.
No leaks yet have been found on Android Lollipop and we expect it will have the same system and hardware requirements with Android KitKat. Google designed Android KitKat to run on devices having at least 512 MB of RAM, which won?t be an issue with Nexus 7 2013 and 2012 or Nexus 4.
The main issue could be competition over these devices since Nexus 5 was released to replace Nexus 4 while Nexus 7 2013 is for the previous model. Nexus 8 will also replace Nexus 7 2013 soon, but users are probably lucky enough to get an update.
If the situation does not favor Nexus 4 and Nexus 7 2012 owners, third-party developers will always come in handy to get Android Lollipop. Several popular custom ROM brands are available running the latest Android version for almost every Android device known to man.
It is 100 percent that these developers will provide Android 4.5 or 5.0 for users of Nexus 4 and Nexus 7 2012 in case Google decided to stop supporting them this year. In addition, custom ROMs can make your device faster than before due to zero bloatware, optimised software and various tweaks to increase performance level.