Google's Nexus 5X and Nexus 6P may have just received their final software update

Google's Nexus 5X and Nexus 6P may have just received their final software update
Did you ever wish Google would just stop this Pixel nonsense and go back to co-designing experimental, highly flawed but respectable and affordable Nexus smartphones? That’s obviously not going to happen, and if you somehow clung on to 2015’s Nexus 5X or Nexus 6P, we have more bad news for you.

Because it’s 2018 now, and three (mostly failed) Pixel handset generations have already been released, it’s time to kiss those guaranteed security updates goodbye, as highlighted on a Google support webpage that recently confirmed the Pixel 3 and 3 XL are set for three Android version updates.

The Nexus 6P and 5X were never extended that favor, launching with Marshmallow goodies pre-installed, then receiving Nougat and Oreo promotions only. But monthly security patches continued to roll out simultaneously to eligible Nexuses and Pixels... until yesterday.

Of course, just because these are no longer guaranteed, that doesn’t necessarily mean they’ll stop straight away and for good. If any major security vulnerability is discovered in the near future, we fully expect Google to do the right thing and patch it up on the two oldies. 

But as far as routine security releases are concerned, you probably shouldn’t hold your breath. It’s the end of an era, ladies and gentlemen, and it’s not like you didn’t know this was coming. Now if only Google had some sort of a coherent plan to gain relevance on the global mobile hardware stage...

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