Last year when Stage Fright was making owning an Android device an act of constant faith, Google formally guaranteed that they would be keeping Nexus devices up to date via monthly security patches for three years after release with major over the air updates continuing to roll out for at least two years. As a slight caveat, devices will continue receiving security updates for at least 18 months after they leave the Google Store even if this support coverage is longer than the three years mentioned previously. Now the company is making public the formal End of Life (EOL) dates for these updates on specific devices.
Ready to see how long your device will continue to receive support? Take a look at the current listing:
- Nexus 5X – September 2017
- Nexus 6P – September 2017
- Nexus 9 – October 2016
- Nexus 5 – October 2015
- Nexus 7 (2013) – July 2015
- Nexus 10 – November 2014
So it looks like we’re getting a pretty clear perspective on the kind of timelines we can expect for these devices from Google. The Nexus 6 is conspicuously absent, but its EOL should be coming up around Q3 of this year.
What are your thoughts regarding these timelines for Nexus security support? Are these fairly reasonable EOLs or would you prefer to see Google support their Android darlings a bit longer? Let us know your opinion in the comments below!