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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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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7 Comments

1. wabajak13

Posts: 55; Member since: Jan 02, 2018

Goodnight sweet prince. You were the phone we didn't deserve.....

2. Crispin_Gatieza

Posts: 3106; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

Bootloops and garbage batteries - the 5X and 6P in a nutshell.

3. chenski

Posts: 754; Member since: Mar 22, 2015

Nexus 6p is OG

4. gdawilson

Posts: 299; Member since: Jul 21, 2014

I'm waiting on my Pixel 2 XL to arrive but my Nexus 5x has been a champ! Best camera phone I've ever had, smooth performance, and it was super affordable. I will probably keep it just as a backup camera and music player when my Pixel 2 XL arrives. Thank you Google for the Nexus program! My Nexus 4 was also good for it's time

5. speedingcheetah

Posts: 80; Member since: Jul 22, 2017

Still no Nov update for the 1st gen Pixel and Pixel XL. Maybe they discontinued the wrong model...

6. Vogue1985

Posts: 407; Member since: Jan 24, 2017

The gap left by Nexus has not been filled by anyone.

7. tokuzumi

Posts: 1843; Member since: Aug 27, 2009

I didn't know the Pixels have been a failure. This is news to the world. Sure they don't sell in the millions of units like the Galaxy line, but they sell pretty well. It's impressive Google kept these phones up to date for 3 years, considering the SD 808/810 were throwaway chips from Qualcomm. I don't think there was a decent phone released with one of those chips. Even Samsung skipped them with their S6.

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