The first developer preview of Android P is now available for the Google Pixel, Pixel XL, Pixel 2, and Pixel 2 XL. Notice anything missing from that list?

While google will continue to offer security updates for its 2015 phone lineup for at least another year, the company has no plans to bring Android P to the Google Nexus 5X or Nexus 6P.

The Pixel C tablet is also left out in the cold.

The move isn’t a huge surprise: Google only promised 2 years of major operating system updates for those devices, which were released in 2015. But if you’re still holding onto a Nexus 5X that hasn’t bootlooped yet, the news has got to sting a little.

The good news is that we’re talking about developer-friendly Nexus devices, so even though Android 8.1 will be the last official update for these phones, it’s just a matter of time before custom ROM makers start offering unofficial builds.

via Ars Technica

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6 replies on “Google Nexus devices won’t get Android P (at least not officially)”

  1. I was a huge fan of Nexus devices, my last one was the 5 and it seemed everything that came out after was a quick drop in in quality and failed implementations. For the record, I moved to iOS, but only for the most basic model (the SE), yet I still miss Android’s notifications.

    1. I’ve been a user of Nexus phones since the Galaxy Nexus, I’m on the 5X now (still keep my 5 around as a spare) and quite frankly, I don’t really care about feature updates any more, I just want security updates. I’m on 8.1 at the moment but I’d rather be back on 7.1.2, it seemed to work better and smoother than nougat. Very disappointed that Google abandoned the Nexus line, considering I’m on Google fi.

      Edit: I’m concerned that the market is going to bigger and bigger phones. Can’t seem to find a phone with decent specs in the 5″-5.2″ territory, especially with vanilla (stock?) Android

  2. No doubt LineageOS will step into the breach, as well as several other custom ROMs. I recently installed LineageOS 14.1 (Android 7.1) on my “ancient” LG G2 which had topped out at Android 5.1.1 and it’s been a joy to use.

  3. At least they still get security updates. At this point that’s what I care more about over feature updates (unless it causes compatibility issues with apps). I’ve also grown out of my custom ROM phase a while ago.

    Anyway, I’ve actually been using an iPhone SE for 1.5 years now specifically for long term updates and small size reasons.

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