Nexus 6P and 5X Get Their Last Guaranteed OTA Updates

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With the latest November security patch, Google has fulfilled its guaranteed run of firmware updates for the Huawei-made Nexus 6P and the LG-made Nexus 5X. These phones were promised two years of Android updates and three years of security patches.

 

This does mean that neither Nexus device will be getting Android Pie – their last guaranteed Android update was Android Oreo 8.1 as per Google’s update policy.

 

The last Nexus duo launched in September of 2015 and Google is no longer going to guarantee further OTA updates. Could Google still decide to update the Nexus 5X and 6P? Maybe. But by this point, Google is no longer obligated to do so according to Android’s update policy.

Last month, Google unveiled its third-generation Pixel phone. The 2016 Pixel was the first Google smartphone to come after Google decided to no longer make “Nexus” branded devices. This shifted its focus towards the masses and away from a niche target of Android fans and developers. Pixel phones have progressively introduced an ever more polished version of Android over the previous one, so you could say that the Nexus program fulfilled its purpose.

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