Just like the Google Nexus 6P and Nexus 5X that won’t be receiving any major Android OS updates after the upcoming Android O, the Google Pixel and Pixel XL have been confirmed that they won’t be receiving any major OS updates as from October 2018 onwards.
The Google Pixel and Pixel XL were launched last year and came pre-installed with the new Android 7.1 Nougat out of the box. We all know that the duo is already testing the 2017 Android O, which is also the same story as the 2015 Google Nexus 6P and Nexus 5X.
While the update to Android O will actually be the last major Android OS update that the Google Nexus 6P and Nexus 5X will be receiving, the Google Pixel and Pixel XL have another major Android OS update waiting for them come 2018. The company has taken to the official Android support page to confirm this statement, adding that after October 2018, the only updates that these two Pixel phones will be receiving will be the monthly security patches. Keep in mind that after October 2019, there won’t be any guarantees that the Pixel phones will still be getting monthly security updates.
The Nexus 6P and Nexus 5X will go down the same channel a year earlier, with 2017 being the last year that they’ll see an update to a major Android OS. Still, there could be slight changes to the program, similar to what recently happened with the 2014 Google Nexus 6. The flagship was to stop receiving major Android OS updates in 2016, but we’ve seen it receiving Android Nougat updates as late as this year.
Interestingly, the search engine giant still got some love for the Google Play Edition handsets despite the fact that we haven’t seen any GPe handsets since the HTC One M8. Whether it has plans to refresh this program or not we can’t tell, but it’s possible this could be in the works, especially after talks of Android One devices coming to the U.S. at some point in the near or distant future.