Google has confirmed that September 2018 will be the last date that Nexus 6P and Nexus 5X users can be guaranteed software updates and customer support.
The pair will be receiving the update to Android O later this year and in fact, there are many who are already running the developer preview and public beta versions on their phones. As you may know, this update to O will be the last major OS that the Nexus 6P and Nexus 5X will get. After this, the only updates that will be there are the monthly security updates.
Unlike major Android OS updates that come with lots of new features and changes to how things look and work, the main purpose of monthly security updates is to keep phones safe from attacks. The world today is full of malicious people who would utilize any opportunity to hurt you and in order to stop this, it’s important that your phone runs the latest and most secure software.
These security updates will keep rolling out to the Google Nexus 6P and Nexus 5X until September next year. After this, Google has confirmed that there won’t be any guarantees for security updates. In case you get into any trouble with your phone, the company’s customer support team will also not be available to help, be it via telephone or even online.
What Google is saying here is that in about a year’s time, you and your Google Nexus 6P or Nexus 5X will be on your own. Malicious hackers and spammers are aware of this and for sure, they’ll be ready to take advantage of any hole that remains unpatched in the phones. Since there won’t be security patches available for the pair, it means those who will still be using the 6P or 5X after September 2018 will be easy targets. Now, this should scare you!
Unless you are okay with living in fear, you may only have a year left to switch from your Google Nexus 6P or 5X to a newer device that will still be receiving updates by then. If you have been on the Nexus program because of the obvious reasons – timely updates and stock Android experience – your choices will be limited to the Google Pixel, Pixel XL and their successors, unless Google has a change of heart and releases newer devices that are much more affordable.