Google Nexus 5 – Who Said Smartphones have an Expiration Date?
Android fans are known for always being very loyal. There are two main reasons behind this statement. First off, Google is providing them with smartphones that do not have an expiration date such as Nexus 5 and with a stable stream of updates. However, the aforementioned smartphone has actually stopped receiving support from Google because it has reached its three years milestone, but this isn’t stopping Android fans from still using it as a daily driver.
Operating System Updates
As previously mentioned, Nexus 5 has stopped being eligible to receive any of Google’s upcoming software updates. This shouldn’t be a surprise to no one since Google’s policy states that once a device reaches the two year milestone, Google is not forced to keep on updating it anymore.
The best thing about Android powered smartphones though is the fact that they can receive updates from other sources, and not just from Google. For example, Nexus 5 is still being kept alive by custom ROM developers such as CyanogenMod, LineageOS and so on.
Notable Hardware Specs
While custom ROM developers might be the ones who are keeping Nexus 5 alive, the smartphone’s hardware specs are what make it a viable daily driver despite its age. The smartphone ships with a sleek looking 4.95 inch True HD IPS+ display that offers a full HD pixel resolution (1080 x 1920) and a pixel density of 445. To make things even better, the display has been coated in Corning Gorilla Glass 3.
Leaving the display aside, hardware power is what really matters. With that being said, let’s take a look under Nexus 5’s hood and see what it has to offer. First off, Nexus 5 is powered by Qualcomm’s quad-core Snapdragon 800 CPU. The processor runs at a boosted speed of 2.3GHz Krait 400 and it is paired with an Adreno 330 graphics processing unit and 2GB RAM.
We think it’s safe to say that Nexus 5 is more than capable of offering stable performances despite its age. However, this doesn’t mean that there aren’t any better smartphones on the market. We cannot stop ourselves from wondering when will Nexus 5’s popularity end.