In what is likely to make unpleasant reading for owners, Google has revealed when it will stop issuing important security updates for its Nexus range of smartphones and tablets.
The news which Google quietly released last week, reveals that the tech giant will no longer release guaranteed security updates for the Nexus 6 and Nexus 9 from October this year, while the Nexus 6P and 5X will stop receiving security updates in September 2018.
Google has previously released information on when its Nexus range will stop receiving guaranteed Android updates but this is the first time it has revealed when the popular Nexus devices will stop receiving security updates.
The information released by Google essentially reveals that the firm will provide users with just two years of Android updates and three years of security updates.
After that, without security updates, users are left extremely vulnerable to malware, hacking, viruses and other glitches.
Of course, what Google wants is for users to then upgrade their device.
By comparison Apple still offers security updates for the iPhone 5, which was released in 2012.
Google’s stance on updates wouldn’t be so much of a problem if it wasn’t for the fact that nearly a quarter of Android devices still run Android 4.4 and Android 5.1, which was released in 2013 and 2015, respectively.
Google confirmed its Pixel handsets will also only be supported until October 2018 for Android updates and October 2019 for security updates.
The Pixel and Pixel XL were only released in October 2016.
“After 2 years, we can’t guarantee additional updates,” Google said on its Support Page.