One of the best selling points of Google Nexus smartphones is that they usually tend to be the first one in line to get the latest Android OS update. The Nexus devices are also the only ones with the longest Android software support. This is the biggest strength of the Google Nexus smartphones, except for the fact that of course, the software support is not indefinite.
Google clearly states that all of its Google Nexus smartphones will receive any new Android OS version that has been released two years after the device is made available on the Google Play Store. However, the security patches and hotfixes will be sent to compatible Nexus devices up to three years after the specific Nexus smartphone was last available on the Google Play Store.
The statement by Google is pretty clear and direct but, it is still a little difficult to put things in perspective. Thankfully, Google recently posted a handy sheet with some of it latest Nexus smartphone and their Android support end-date. The date listed is by which they will no longer receive any new Android version updates. Here is the hand sheet with Nexus devices and their respective dates:
|Device||No guaranteed Android version updates after|
|Nexus 5X||September 2017|
|Nexus 6P||September 2017|
|Nexus 9||October 2016|
|Nexus 6||October 2016|
|Nexus 5||October 2015|
|Nexus 7 (2013)||July 2015|
|Nexus 10||November 2014|
The Google Nexus 6P and Nexus 5X are the latest additions to the Android devices gang so it is highly likely that both of the devices will receive the Android N and maybe even next year’s Android O update.
Furthermore, the Nexus 6 and Nexus 9 will not receive any new updates after October 2016 this means that the Android N might not be available for these smartphones. If past Android releases have taught us something, it is that Google tends to release Android in late October or early November, which means that the Nexus 6 and 9 could just hit the jackpot or they could be left out.