Back in the middle of 2016, Google offered some specific timeframes for the end of the Android version updates dedicated to Nexus devices. Now it seems that we are receiving again some information from Google, but this time it’s going to be about the security updates that are going to stop being released for the current devices belonging to the Nexus and Pixel category.
Up until now, the information provided by Google wasn’t that technical. In fact, they used some really confusing phrasing, such as “For the longer of 3 years from availability or 18 months from when the Google Store last sold the device”. We’re not even sure what that means.
However, now we know for sure when the phones belonging to the Nexus and Pixel categories will not receive official updates anymore. For instance, for the Pixel and Pixel XL ones people will stop receiving guaranteed Android version updates after October 2018, and no guaranteed security patches starting with October 2019.
Meanwhile, things are a little different with the Nexus series. When it comes to Nexus 6P and Nexus 5X, the Android version updates will stop in September this year, while security patch ones will no longer be available starting with September next year. Nexus 9 and Nexus 6 stopped receiving OS updates last October, and the security patch updates will follow shortly this October.
Google stopped updating the OS on the Nexus 5 in October 2015, and the security patch updates were also cut in October 2016. For the Nexus 7 (2013), the company didn’t release new OS versions from July 2015 and security patches from August 2016. At the same time, Nexus 4 and Nexus 10 saw their support cut off since November 2014 for OS versions and November 2015 for security patches.