Google adds two extra months of security updates for Nexus 6P and 5X


For whatever reason, Google has decided to offer Nexus 6P and 5X and additional two months of security patches. The information has been quietly shared with consumers on Google's support page, so it's as official as it could possibly be.

Both Nexus 5X and 6P have been previously confirmed to receive security updates until September 2018, but Google changed the end date earlier today. It appears the consumers who own the smartphones will continue to receive security patches until November 2018.

Unfortunately, nothing has changed in regards to the major Android OS update that Google will release for these particular two smartphones. Android Oreo is the last important update that the Nexus 5X and 6P receive, as they've been launched two years ago.

This is just a warning for those who cling to their Nexus smartphones that they will not be as protected as they could possibly be after November 2018, so they should think about upgrading to a newer device in about a year from now.

source: Google via Droid-life

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Nexus 5X
  • Display 5.2" 1080 x 1920 pixels
  • Camera 12.3 MP / 5 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 808, Hexa-core, 1800 MHz
  • Storage 32 GB
  • Battery 2700 mAh(20h talk time)
Nexus 6P
  • Display 5.7" 1440 x 2560 pixels
  • Camera 12.3 MP / 8 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 810, Octa-core, 2000 MHz
  • Storage 128 GB
  • Battery 3450 mAh(23h talk time)

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8 Comments

1. chenski

Posts: 769; Member since: Mar 22, 2015

Nexus FTW

2. MrShazam

Posts: 987; Member since: Jun 22, 2017

Huh? Only 2 years of security updates for plain stock android device? That's just odd considering heavily skinned and feature packed Android devices like the 3+ years old S5 are still getting security updates: https://www.phonearena.com/news/Verizons-Samsung-Galaxy-S5-receives-update-giving-it-the-August-2017-security-patch_id98057 Oh well, more reasons why I'll never buy a stock android device.

3. iushnt

Posts: 3105; Member since: Feb 06, 2013

I do think that no stock android should be more than $400

4. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

They're wrong. It's 2 years of major OS updates and 3 years of security patches.

5. Settings

Posts: 2943; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

Its not that bad. Nexus got extended support. What more could you ask for? For a 3 yr old phone, at that age the phone will be performing degradedly and it will be a sign that you have to buy another one.

6. MrShazam

Posts: 987; Member since: Jun 22, 2017

It's actually a 2 years old phone, and security updates don't degrade performance. Also, custom nougat ROMs run smoothly on the 5+ years old Galaxy S3: https://youtu.be/dAY9Zn9TGOw There's no reason, besides greed, why a 2015 plain stock android device can't do the same for 2 more years.

8. Settings

Posts: 2943; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

What I mean is at 2018, at the last month of support 6P and 5x will be 3 years old. Also, custom ROMs have more bugs than stock so performance is still in question. Degrading. At 3 years, will the battery life still the same? The SoCs will bring about wear and tear too. Also add bootloops to the insult since were talking about the 5x and 6p. I know what I'm saying. I owned enough number of Androids to experience degradation of performance.

7. uktel3315

Posts: 49; Member since: Mar 15, 2013

Nexus 6p released on sep 2015. now we are in 2017. so nexus 6p is 2 year old phone.

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