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Google details when your Nexus device will stop receiving updates

By Jos
Jun 22, 2016
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  1. One of the benefits of buying a Nexus is that you’re guaranteed prompt updates and security patches, whereas with many Android manufacturers you’re often left waiting for months. Nexus devices are also supported longer term. Specifically, Google promises at least to years of Android version updates from the device’s launch, and security patches the longer of 3 years from availability or 18 months from when the Google Store last sold the device.

    If you’re not sure exactly where in the product cycle your Nexus is, however, the company is now giving users a much clearer picture of how long they will be supported, with an update to its support site detailing the end-of-life dates for each current model.

    Device No guaranteed Android version updates after
    Nexus 5X September 20117
    Nexus 6P September 2017
    Nexus 9 October 2016
    Nexus 6 October 206
    Nexus 5 October 2015
    Nexus 7 (2013) July 2015
    Nexus 10 November 2014

    Users of older devices may still be able to get new Android versions beyond those dates by manually "flashing" a ROM, Google just won’t guarantee any version updates itself so you shouldn’t count on it. Still, a solid two years of updates is more than you can hope for when buying non-Nexus devices. Knowing the end-of-support dates is certainly welcome if you are buying a previous generation or second hand device to save some cash.

    The support page also mentions that devices part of the Android One program -- Google’s initiative for bringing affordable Android-powered smartphones to all corners of the globe --will receive software updates for at least 18 months after the phone's launch.

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  2. Burty117

    Burty117 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,920   +685

    Isn't 2 years half as long as Apple support their devices?
     
  3. p51d007

    p51d007 TS Evangelist Posts: 910   +387

    Looks like from your table, the Nexus 6, hasn't been updated for over 1,810 years <G>
     
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  4. Theinsanegamer

    Theinsanegamer TS Guru Posts: 374   +329

    2 years is far too short for a nexus device, google. You cant go backwards unless you are going to be cutting the price in half.

    The only reason for cutting the update schedule, and sneakily cutting it just before the release of the next OS version in October, is to make more money. It doesnt benefit the android ecosystem or nexus users in any way.
     
    Last edited: Jun 22, 2016
  5. ChuckyDhaBeast

    ChuckyDhaBeast TS Enthusiast Posts: 35   +13

    2 years? I'm disappointed.
    Seriously, they seems to make their best to minimise the appeal of Nexus devices as time goes on. Are they trying to appeal to the other manufacturers?
     
  6. Lurker101

    Lurker101 TS Evangelist Posts: 738   +247

    So anyone with a Nexus 5X is sitting on pretty solid ground right now?
     
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  7. Skidmarksdeluxe

    Skidmarksdeluxe TS Evangelist Posts: 6,505   +2,054

    Yeah, especially because they'll be receiving updates until 20117. I don't think Google will still exist by then and neither will their owners but at least those milleniums old devices should still be gettting updates... Unless that was just a typo.
     
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  8. Camikazi

    Camikazi TS Maniac Posts: 817   +231

    Damn Nexus 5X taking all of Nexus 6 update time!
     
  9. 98hlkjahe

    98hlkjahe TS Rookie

    Yeah, iOS 9 supports all the way back to the 4s in 2011, new iOS 10 will go as far back as 2012 for the iPhone 5.
     

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