Google Android 7.0 Nougat is out and is currently rolling out to a bunch of Nexus handsets, including the Nexus 6P and 5X as well as the 2014 Nexus 6 and the Nexus 9 LTE.
However, the story is quite different for Google Nexus models released more than two years ago, among them the Nexus 5 and the famous Nexus 7 2013. Even though Google doesn’t seem to be interested in dishing out Android 7.0 Nougat to this tablet, there may be other ways of getting the OS to the device, but be ready for a bumpy ride.
In the latest developments, the Nexus 7 has received an unofficial AOSP thanks to the developer community that resides at XDA Developers Forum. This means that despite Google’s omission, the 2013 tablet will still be able to run on the new Nougat OS, something that has already happened with the similarly older Nexus 5 2013.
One thing to take note of, however, is that this update is not stable and official and as a result, those who opt to install it should be warned that this doing is at their own risk. This Android 7.0 Nougat AOSP ROM can be downloaded from the official XDA developers forum page and flashed onto the Nexus 7 2013 tablet.
Given that the AOSP is still very young, expect to come across crashes and malfunctions since not all elements are up and running perfectly. But with continued works, the Nougat AOSP should be better with time. With this in mind, be warned that the Android 7.0 Nougat update for Nexus 7 2013 cannot be trusted for daily use on your tablet, however, if you are a curious owner of the tablet, there is no better time than now.
The developers of this Android 7.0 Nougat AOSP ROM for Nexus 7 2013 have also come forward with a detailed procedure of how to flash the ROM on your tablet. So, make sure you are keen on it to avoid any mistakes. You can also follow up the matter on this Reddit thread.