One of the major benefits of owning a Nexus device is that you receive the latest version of Android the minute it is released.
However, regardless of whether you’re rocking the latest Nexus device or one that’s a couple of years old, Google won’t support the device forever and now the company has been much clearer in stating when Nexus devices will stop being supported.
Google has recently rolled out their “Stagefright” patches whilst simultaneously announcing a new policy for security and Android updates for Nexus devices.
Moving forward, Google has said that it will offer Android version updates for two years from when the device was listed for sale on the Google Store.
Security updates will be available for for the longer of 3 years from availability or 18 months from when the Google Store last sold the device, said Google.
Google has a good track record when it comes to supporting their devices and this new policy brings them in line with Samsung although it must be said that Google are quicker at releasing updates.
Starting this week Google begin releasing OTA updates that are focused more on security as well as the normal bug fixes.
The updates will apply to the Nexus 4-10 devices and the Nexus Player.
Both Nexus 5X and 6P released with the Marshmallow OS could see the new policy carry them as far as Android O.
Below are the dates of when your Nexus device will stop receiving updates: listed that Google promises to update with the latest Android:
- Nexus 5X- September 2017
- Nexus 6P- September 2017
- Nexus 9- October 2016
- Nexus 6: October 2016
If you are considering buying a new Nexus device, you should take note of these dates.
If you want your next Nexus device to run Android N this year then you should opt for a Nexus 6, Nexus 5X or Nexus 6P. However, be aware that the Nexus 6 will not be eligible for the upgrade to Android O.