Last year, Google said that it will roll out monthly security updates to Nexus phones and tablets for three years from their respective launch dates, and platform updates for "at least two years." The search giant is now listing concrete timelines for when guaranteed support will end for each Nexus phone and tablet, including the Nexus 6P and 5X:
Google guarantees updates for the Nexus line. Currently, phones and tablets with the Nexus name are guaranteed Android version updates for two years from the date the devices first went up for sale at Google Play. For security updates, this guarantee is extended to whichever is the longest amount of time — three years from first availability in Google Play or 18 months after the device stops being sold. A small chart to answer your biggest questions:
|No guaranteed Android version updates after
|Nexus 7 (2013)
The Nexus 6P and 5X are guaranteed to receive updates until September 2017, which is around the time Android O should be released. The exact timing of the release will determine if those phones are guaranteed to get Android O. This also doesn't mean that the devices will be abandoned, just that any further updates are no longer guaranteed.
Google has done a commendable job of ensuring that its Nexus phones receive two years of updates, which is more than what most manufacturers can claim. Furthermore, all Nexus devices will receive guaranteed security patches for a duration of three years following their launch, which is Google's way of making sure that the phones are protected against any vulnerabilities.
Google has also talked about software updates for Android One phones, stating:
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Harish Jonnalagadda is a Senior Editor overseeing Asia at Android Central. He leads the site's coverage of Chinese phone brands, contributing to reviews, features, and buying guides. He also writes about storage servers, audio products, and the semiconductor industry. Contact him on Twitter at @chunkynerd.