Google Nexus 5 still supported?

Hi all,

the last update for the Google Nexus 5 e-0.7-n-2020032947313-dev-hammerhead.zip appeared two month ago new updates e.g. the new app store is not pushed. Why are no new images built?

https://images.ecloud.global/dev/hammerhead/

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The Samsung Galaxy J5 2015 last update is 5 weeks old.

I thought it was because of an update in the build process but new builds were supposed to be created starting on last Monday.
(I created an unofficial Pie build for my device so I’m not dependent to the e Foundation to receive an update, I just have to create one on my computer).

Hi.

So does that mean there should be an update for the Nexus 5 soonish, or is there a reason that there has not been one for a while ?

I have created an issue on gitlab. Maybe we get an answer there.

#1387

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Thanks for addressing this on gitlab!
I hope this issue gets resolved quickly, for security and usability reasons (Apps app not working anymore)

Info about hammerhead

Warning: The Google Nexus 5 is no longer maintained. A build guide is available for developers that would like to make private builds, or even restart official support.

The note above states that custom ROM development ended with LOS 14.1.


The lineage OS 17.1 - List Of Official Supported Devices neither official LOS 16.0 nor LOS 17.1 names ROMs for “hammerhead”:

Accordingly, you will’ve to settle for UNOFFICIAL variants of LineageOS 16.0 and 17.1 ROMs.

In my estimation, due to the state of affairs, /e/ support for Nexus 5 “hammerhead” will be discontinued soon.

First of all thank you @archje for this information.

However I really hope /e/ will continue supporting this device as far as it is

  • still a very powerful device
  • one rare device which can be repaired
  • is still an important device for open source development (e.g. supported by the ubports project)

I only have experience in desktop application development but hardly in mobile os developing so I wonder how hard it is to upgrade /e/ to pie for the nexus 5?

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The last update for the Nexus 5 was End of March 2020. There was a decision to stop official support for a number of older devices and it looks the Nexus 5 is one of them. The support for many older Samsung devices also stopped. As the security patch level of the last Nexus 5 e update is the beginning of February and we are heading to July, it’s surprising that the device is still on the officially supported list.

As it’s mentioned above, there is an unofficial LineageOS 17.1 ROM available for the Nexus 5.

This would be really a pity, as far the Nexus 5 is probably the most used “old” smartphones out there. It would be awesome to see /e/ go on maintaining this device, I would definitely help supporting it. I am capable of developing but have somewhat experience with mobile infrastructures. Is there any kind of documentation to learn upgrading /e/ to newer android versions? As there is an 17.1 LineageOS ROM available for the Nexus 5 I guess it is not too difficult to adapt this to /e/. If the problem is mainly a issue of manpower I would like to help!

Hi @Mickey the upgrade of devices to LOS 17.1 or Android Q requires the /e/ source code to be upgraded. This process has just started and will take a minimum of a month without testing. Some devices which are no longer supported by vendors may have a problem getting vendor patches. We need to finalize a short list of new devices which we will officially support. These will get official upgrades. For the rest of the devices it would be either GSI / unofficial or custom builds. You can read more details here.

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