Older models of Nexus devices, which are also marketed over the Play Store, could still qualify for an update to Android M. The “signs” leave it anyway thinking.
Which smartphones will receive Android M? For now, Google announced the compatibility of its next OS with the Nexus 5, Nexus 6, Nexus 9 and Nexus Player. But the Mountain View firm could add some devices a little older in the list of the privileged, like the Nexus 4 and Nexus 7 tablet and 10. According LittleGreenDude, traces of the update for these devices have been found in the AOSP code, including the word “android-m-preview” contiguous to these products.
The same thing happened with Lollipop, the developer versions were not available, but these three had finally received their updates during the public deployment. This suggests that these products are not ignored by Google, or at least he thinks the update. Moreover, before the Google i / o, he said that the Californian giant had cleared its update policy, and that the devices would receive major upgrades for 2 years (24 months) and updates security for 3 years (36 months), all from the release date of the OS. And in any case, Google would guarantee security patches for 18 months from the date of purchase of a product on the Play Store.
If Google applies this principle retroactively, none of these devices should nevertheless be eligible for Android M. But we also said that the low current manufacturer catalog could push him to make a gesture to fans of the first hour.