Confirmed: here are the Pixel features you will not get on your Nexus when Android 7.1 rolls out

So, yesterday, we got word that an Android 7.1 update is headed for the still-eligible Nexus devices. Now, since the new Pixel phones present a new concept, we were kind of wondering whether the Nexus line would get some of the shiny new stuff, such as that cool new launcher with a slide-up app drawer, or the unlimited storage for original quality photos and videos. We asked Google, and Nexus owners might not like the answer:


An Android 7.1 Nougat update is indeed headed for older devices and the first Developer Preview should be available later this month. However, Nexus owners will not get:

  • Pixel Launcher
  • Google Assistant
  • Unlimited storage for original quality photo / video
  • Smart Storage
  • Pixel Camera app
  • Phone support (24-hour hotline)
  • Screen-share (part of the support service)

Obviously, don't expect a Nexus to support Google's Daydream platform as well since it's a very hardware-heavy system with strict guidelines.

It's kind of a bummer for users who bought the Nexus 5X and Nexus 6P just last year on the promise that they will be getting the latest and greatest from Google for at least 24 months. Sure, you will get regular and timely Android updates for at least one more year, maybe more, but the Nexus 6P did cost a pretty penny and is considered a premium device. This update feels more like a Samsung / LG move — dividing its different generations of devices by UI and features — than a Google update.

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61. MartyK

Posts: 1045; Member since: Apr 11, 2012

Did they mention the hardware requirements? Thinking about grabbing the Moto Z force( root it of course) to play with the daydream.

48. omnitech

Posts: 1131; Member since: Sep 28, 2016

Meh, more blatant example of Apple double standards. I am pretty sure iphone , ipad, and Apple iPad Air 2 owners didn't get true tone display and iphone and iPad mini owners didn't get split screen. And nothing got 3D touch when the 6s was released. And no one, including the media made a big deal about any of that. But it happens once in Android land, where they already give more than enough features compared to IOS, even with these omissions, the media and rabid isheep rip Google a new one. Look in the mirror boys. Apple has been taking you for years and when Google takes their fans ONCE, you don't get to laugh. Lol

35. gu3sswhoo

Posts: 32; Member since: May 04, 2012

First off, I have a 6P! I think the 6P looks a lot better than the Pixel! I paid $768 for the 128gb w/ protection and the new phone is $200+ for the same storage and protection. NO THANKS! I will keep my 6P and wait to see what happens with the next phone. If the next phone is in the same price range as this Plain looking Pixel, i will have to find me another phone in the price range of the 6P! I am not going to pay almost a $1000 for a phone!

34. BradyCrack

Posts: 835; Member since: Dec 29, 2015

"BTW should we all be worried TeckieXp hasn't commented in a while? Do you think his 3 safe Note 7's exploded in his face?" Well, you can't type with severely burnt fingers can you?

55. Zylam

Posts: 1827; Member since: Oct 20, 2010

LOLOLOL Your point is valid sir.

31. Zylam

Posts: 1827; Member since: Oct 20, 2010

LOLOLOL hahahaha all those years of making fun of Apple, Google goes ahead and provides an ultra d!ck move. I was thinking of picking up a 5X on the cheap. Might still do it anyway. I highly doubt installing the Pixel launcher is some monumental task on the 5X, also the Google assistant is in Allo anyway for the people that really want it. But this is a sign of things to come from Android, I can't wait for the Pixel line to get awesome google features that Oem phones don't see the light of day, will be good material to sling at the fanboy'S. BTW should we all be worried TeckieXp hasn't commented in a while? Do you think his 3 safe Note 7's exploded in his face?

42. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

Spoken like an Apple d!ck.

53. Zylam

Posts: 1827; Member since: Oct 20, 2010

LOLOLOL hahahaha I couldn't care less about Apple, I love the new Pixel phones, they are exactly what I wanted in terms of hardware. The price is way too high but it'll come down eventually. Can't stand the fact that Google pulled a d!ck move eh????? Awwww how will we make fun of Apple now???? As long as Samsung fans are regularly reminded of the great quality control of their Note 7 series, we have all won.

57. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

If you knew anything about me, your know I don't have anything against most Apple fans, just the obnoxious dicks. And if you'd been following any of the Pixel news lately, I've said I'm not supportive of the direction they're going. And the exact reason I'm not behind it is because they seem to be following Apple's example. But I guess you can't let that get in the way of painting someone as a blond fanboy.

49. Man_Utd

Posts: 190; Member since: Feb 03, 2015

At least Google didn't do the ultra d!ck move and force you to upgrade to the largest phone to get the best camera. With this move, Google is becoming more like Apple. What happened to your moto, "Don't be evil"? Google, don't be a d!ck like Apple.

54. Zylam

Posts: 1827; Member since: Oct 20, 2010

Awwww is that the ultra D!ck move? Google doesn't even change anything with the 5.5 inch Pixel XL, and you are complaining that Apple threw in something extra for the bigger phone? Also the whole "forced to go big" doesn't make any sense, they are both iPhones, Apple will make tons of money regardless of which one you buy. That's why they need both of them. They just threw in something extra, who knows maybe they couldn't fit in the second lens in the smaller phone due to space.

58. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

That's actually the only thing they did right, by not putting better features in the upper model. Mayne some people want a smaller form factor without giving up features. Up until now that is what most OEMs have done. If anything, that's the only thing I support in what they did here. Sure they're both iPhones, but only the bigger one has the high end camera. What if they don't want a larger phone just to get that? As far as giving people a reason to move up to the Plus, the ones who want a larger screen will do so because of that. No need to punish people for wanting a smaller device.

19. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

Its OK. None of the feature will be missed since i don't have it in the first place. Google can be as evil and greedy as any other corporation, no exception. The only person looking out for your interest is you, remember that!!

27. TerryTerius unregistered

Isn't it kind of… Serious exaggeration to call this "evil"? Companies do legitimately heinous things all the time. I don't really see this is anywhere near apporoaching that category. My bad if I misread the intent of your comment. I'm not even sure I would call it greedy. Though I fully understand why many will look at it that way. But that said, yeah. Companies may generally try to do right by their customers but they don't really have your best interests in heart. Well, not entirely. I would definitely agree with you on that.

32. BlackhawkFlys

Posts: 932; Member since: May 07, 2014

I think what he means is no brand cares about your well being, they are after your money, it's better you start caring about your pocket and don't blindly love a brand whether it is Apple, Google or Samsung. It is better to look out for a product that satisfy your need and which you find attractive regardless of who is the maker behind it. I wish every product I love fails miserably so that its price go down very quickly so that I can buy it without putting too much burden on my pocket...

17. Foxgabanna unregistered

Welp, if you're feeling froggy, there is a high performance, reliable, smooth, iPhone 7 available for all your needs right now. Android is ridiculous.

23. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

Quote: "...iPhone 7 available for all your needs right now" iPhone still doesn't have what Android users need: System-wide automator, Bluetooth & NFC pairing and file sharing, mass storage, switchable launchers, multitasking and background operations, multi-picture wallpaper, etc... Quote: "Android is ridiculous." Don't kid yourself.

30. BlackhawkFlys

Posts: 932; Member since: May 07, 2014

dual windows

38. tedkord

Posts: 17529; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Does froggy mean willing to settle?

16. surethom

Posts: 1774; Member since: Mar 04, 2009

The only one that matters is Google Assistant but i guess that will be coming to ALL Android phones sometime next year??

15. sebbellic01

Posts: 305; Member since: May 03, 2016

F*cking hell the whole reason I bought a Nexus 5X was to keep up to date. Now Google does this?

29. BlackhawkFlys

Posts: 932; Member since: May 07, 2014

You will get the Nougat update if haven't got it already. Pixel is just another phone which has nothing to do with Nexus.

41. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

Nothing to do with Nexus except the Pixel is taking its place.

56. iC-118

Posts: 260; Member since: Sep 29, 2016

Pixel will fail, and it's ugly like hell. Nexus looks much better. Those disgusting curves on the Pixel.

13. thegeneral7010

Posts: 437; Member since: Dec 10, 2014

"This update feels more like a Samsung move — dividing its different generations of devices by UI and features — than a Google update." I like this sentence.

12. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

No big loss, in fact, I'm glad those don't come preinstalled with Nougat.

10. Doakie

Posts: 2478; Member since: May 06, 2009

This goes out to all the suckers who dissed me when I sold my 6P and went Axon 7 claiming that Nexus has prompt updates and that made a mistake. Enjoy being abandoned like everyone else.

9. Mxyzptlk unregistered

This is a bullish move by Google.

8. Martineverest

Posts: 521; Member since: Oct 27, 2015

microsoft doesnt do this with surface.in fact,there is no special windows for surface tablets......lets wait to see sammy and OEMs reactions to this

21. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

"there is no special windows for surface tablets..." Windows is a full-blown desktop OS, Android is a mobile OS. Comparing what Google does with Android (special/exclusive features for the new phones) versus what Microsoft does with the Windows OS, isn't relevant.

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