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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60 Comments

1. R-vjn

Posts: 301; Member since: Jan 07, 2013

This is ridiculous. I thought 'Pixel' is just a new name to replace 'Nexus' but I guess there is more to it... I feel bad for the 6P and 5X owners.

3. neela_akaash

Posts: 1239; Member since: Aug 05, 2014

I like the new pixel series but I personally think that this product will be a big disaster for Google.....

24. BlackhawkFlys

Posts: 908; Member since: May 07, 2014

Considering the price tag that it carry, it is for sure a disaster.

36. sgodsell

Posts: 7208; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

The thing is Daydream VR is impossible on the older Nexus devices, especially when it requires some new hardware sensors to go with it. Those sensors are not on any Nexus devices. For that matter those sensors are not on any other smartphones. Unless they are Daydream VR compatible. Which means that they also have the new sensors and supported hardware needed. The Pixel camera app with its new EIS uses those same sensors which are only found on the new Pixel devices. No hardware, then how can the software run? Well it just can't run. As far as the 24 hour support and screen share. That makes sense that this service goes with the new devices. It's part of the incentive for these new devices.

39. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

Then why are they bringing Daydream to them (the 6p for sure at least) if it can't run Daydream? In IIRC daydream was tested on the 6p.

28. Arch_Fiend

Posts: 3951; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

It seems i'm the only one who thinks the phones will acually sell well enough and not spell disaster for Google. The price is like $50 to high if you ask me, but it is a new high-end flagship carrying hardware that no one else has so I see why the prices are what they are. Oh well, one of us is right and Google better hope it's not you lol.

50. roldefol

Posts: 4744; Member since: Jan 28, 2011

I had the same comment on pricing when Google rolled out the Moto X three years ago. Great ideas. Excellent marriage of hardware and software. But you have to price it consistently with expectations, and they didn't. I would say Pixel is $100 too high across the board.

52. Arch_Fiend

Posts: 3951; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

Well some prices for other phones were released today and they are even worse.

7. NoToFanboys

Posts: 3231; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

Don't be, most Nexus owners are tech nerds who are members of xda-developers, they'll get some of those features.

14. R-vjn

Posts: 301; Member since: Jan 07, 2013

well, not really. :)

22. maple_mak

Posts: 953; Member since: Dec 18, 2013

Because you were still don't know the power of XDA.

37. tedkord

Posts: 17307; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Yeah, they'll get most, if not all of them.

20. Carl3000

Posts: 240; Member since: Oct 11, 2014

As a Nexus 6P owner and member of XDA, you are correct. We're all nerds and WE WILL port these features over to the 6P. We already have the Pixel Launcher. It's only a matter of time.

11. Freeza

Posts: 95; Member since: Apr 03, 2016

This is f**king ridiculous. They cut down features for my 6P in the first update itself. Dick move Google.

2. Barney_stinson

Posts: 672; Member since: May 30, 2016

this exclusively will not last long!!

4. Kdk2020

Posts: 40; Member since: Apr 27, 2016

A good marketing move i must say. U want the best of google? Buy a pixel. Simple. Though i hope the pixel c is not excluded.

26. BlackhawkFlys

Posts: 908; Member since: May 07, 2014

The price is tag is not helping that marketing move.

40. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

That, or you pi$$ off your core support group and they go elsewhere. Look on many of the Android blogs, the hate is real. Many have been Nexus since the beginning and see this as a big middle finger after years of loyalty.

5. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

There isn't a single feature on that list I would want anyway. So not going to miss out on them.

25. TerryTerius unregistered

I can understand most of that list not being that big a deal, but the unlimited storage thing is pretty sweet. Depending on how you feel about Google holding on to all of your photos and videos.

33. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

Photos under 16Mp are already free (and my smartphone doesn't have a >16Mp camera). But my phones sync with my own server so not really worried there :)

6. Martineverest

Posts: 521; Member since: Oct 27, 2015

google is trying to go apple way:if u want this features,use my hardwares.

18. Awalker

Posts: 1973; Member since: Aug 15, 2013

They're going the Android OEM route - their own customized version of AOSP on their hardware.

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.

9. Mxyzptlk unregistered

This is a bullish move by Google.

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.

12. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

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

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.

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?

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