Google seemingly pulls the plug on Nexus 6P and Nexus 5X security updates

Google seemingly pulls the plug on Nexus 6P and Nexus 5X security updates
The last of the Nexus devices have only been in the news this past year or so with minor security updates received at the same time as their Pixel replacements, but now that seems to be over too, so it’s probably time to say our goodbyes to a couple of popular yet divisive and highly flawed “pure Google” phones.

Commercially released way back in the fall of 2015, the Huawei-made Nexus 6P and LG Nexus 5X were guaranteed two years of Android version updates and three years of security patches.

After receiving Android 8.0 Oreo more than a year ago, the two continued to keep their security shields fresh, passing the point of guaranteed updates in November. Somewhat surprisingly, Google sent one final over-the-air goodie pack to the Nexus 5X and Nexus 6P last month.

Technically, the search giant has yet to confirm the end of the support road, but sometimes, actions speak louder than words, and it can’t be a coincidence that yesterday’s January 2019 security patches are only available for the Pixel 1, 2, and 3 families.

It’s worth pointing out that, even though the Pixel brand is being positioned in a more premium market segment than the Nexus lineup, with matching price points and aggressive advertising, the same three-year update policy continues to apply. The difference is the Pixel 2 and Pixel 3 are also promised three major OS enhancements in total, up from two for the original Pixel duo and Nexus devices.

It’s hard not to contrast Google’s strategy with that of Apple, as the 2013-released iPhone 5S amazingly runs the same iOS version as the iPhone XS, XS Max, and iPhone XR.

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5 Comments

1. Tech-shake

Posts: 211; Member since: Nov 14, 2016

My 6s got announced around the same time as the 6p. My phone is on the latest version of iOS supporting the latest features while the 6p got its last major update a year ago!

2. Tsepz_GP

Posts: 1133; Member since: Apr 12, 2012

What latest features did the 6S get in iOS 12?

3. STRANG3R

Posts: 234; Member since: Sep 24, 2015

"as the 2013-released iPhone 5S amazingly runs the same iOS version as the iPhone XS, XS Max, and iPhone XR." Ask any 5s user if they want put it in toilet and flush after updating. You eyephoe arena paid artists.

4. cmdacos

Posts: 3870; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

Updating iOS is like updating my toaster. Nothing much changes so it's a easy to do (except my toaster doesn't break after each update)...

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