Google announced Android P on March 7 with the first Developer Preview factory images available to download and flash for both the first generation Pixel smartphones as well as the Pixel 2 and 2 XL. There was some speculation that older Google devices such as the Nexus 5X, 6P, and Pixel C wouldn’t get a final build of Android P and sadly, this seems to be the case.
According to Ars Technica, Google has indeed confirmed that neither the Nexus 5X, Nexus 6P, nor the Pixel C tablet will receive official Android P goodness. This is due to the three devices launching back in 2015, which means they’ve collectively come to the end of their software upgrade cycle and will thus stay on Android 8.1 Oreo. With Google having promised 3 years of software updates for the Pixel 2 and 2 XL phones, some users had hoped that the update period would be similarly extended for older devices. On the plus side, the three affected devices will receive security updates until November this year at least.
Another takeaway from this is the fact Google no longer has a tablet in its lineup, and there are no new Android tablets on the horizon from the search giant. That being said, all rumors point to the launch of Chrome OS tablets during 2018, which may or may not happen during Google I/O in May.
If you are a Nexus 5X, Nexus 6P or Pixel C owner, how do you feel about the devices coming to the end of their respective software cycles?
Source: Ars Technica