The Google Nexus 6P is a great phone. It ships with some top-notch hardware specs and a bunch of features that are usually spared for the $800 smartphones, yet at launch, it was priced at only $499 for the base model.
With the release of the Pixel and Pixel XL, the message that Google was essentially passing around was that the Nexus 6P and the entire Nexus program is no more. Of course, you should be thankful that the phone will be receiving the update to Android 8.0, but it’s possible that any incremental upgrade to Android O will not hit this device since the official support for the phone ends right after the release of O.
There is word on the streets that the Pixel 2 will come with an Always On Display feature like what we see on some Samsung phones. If this indeed happens, it’s possible that the 1st-gen Pixel phones will receive the feature via an update. As for the Nexus 6P and Nexus 5X, it probably won’t be official, especially since the search engine giant has basically neglected the Nexus lineup when it comes to a number of feature upgrades when compared to the Pixel lineup.
For instance, Google had promised that Night Light feature will at some point come to the Nexus 6P, but up to now, this feature is nowhere to be seen. This is a clear indicator that the 6P is a dead phone to folks at Google as they have their entire focus on the new Pixel phones. This is set to get worse when the Pixel 2 phones come out later this year, which is why it’s possible that Android 8.0.1 or maybe 8.1 won’t make it to the 6P and 5X.
Also, the search engine giant has recently confirmed that Nexus 6P and 5X won’t be receiving one of the coolest features of Android O – aptX Bluetooth streaming. Apparently, this feature will only work with “newer devices” like the Pixel and Pixel 2, which is another direct indicator that Google no longer sees any future in the 6P and 5X.
When the Pixel and Pixel XL came to life, one of the nifty features they came with – fingerprint gestures – was not supported on the Nexus 6P and 5X even after updates to Android 7.1.1. After a series of public outcries, the tech giant included the feature in the update to Android 7.1.2 Nougat. So, one would be asking – is Google simply not interested in adding these features to the 6P and 5X or are they not compatible with the phones’ hardware?
The best answer (possibly) to this is that to Google, the Nexus 6P and 5X are dead phones and as such, they no longer deserve these new additions.