If you own a Nexus smartphone such as the Nexus 6P or Nexus 5X, and/or have the Pixel C tablet, there’s some bad news. You may have already knew this day was coming, but Google has now officially dropped support for major OS updates for these three devices.
All three devices received major updates and security patches from Google over the last two years. After getting a glimpse of the supported devices under the Android P Developer Preview, however, Ars Technica confirmed that support for these three devices has come to an end.
The last software update these devices will get is Android 8.1, which has already come out for some Google-branded devices such as Pixel 2. Google promised that they will continue to dish out security updates for these three on a monthly basis until November of 2018, so at least you’re covered there. Those who are familiar with Google’s update policy will say that this is not a surprise. When the Nexus 6P and Nexus 5X launched, Google confirmed major OS support for two years plus a 3-year security update plan. All three were released at around the same time in the last quarter of 2015, which means Google was at least able to commit to its policy. Though, we would have liked to see longer support since this is maker of Android, after all.
Apple users will probably shrug and raise an eye because even the 5-year old iPhone 5S runs on the latest iOS 11. Apple’s end-to-end control over their smartphone allows them to do this. On the other hand, Google’s Android still remains fragmented in terms of OS versions across smartphones. This is mainly due to the failure of smartphone companies to comply with timely OS updates, leaving many users stuck with Android versions as far back as Lollipop and Marshmallow. Android P is here now, and Oreo is still yet to arrive on some of last year’s flagship Android phones, but at least Google owns 85% of the mobile market. Moving forward, it appears only devices with the name ‘Pixel.’ excluding the Pixel C, will continue receiving platform updates and eligibility for betas. It’s a good thing Google is making it easy to upgrade. RIP, Nexus.
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SOURCE [Ars Technica]