Google Nexus 6P and Nexus 5X are by far the most popular smartphones released by the tech giant in the recent past, but for how long will this be?
The answer to the above question will for sure depend on a number of things and the leading factor is the performance of the pair. One thing that many will agree is that after a period of usage, more so years like in the case of Google Nexus 6P and Nexus 5X, a device’s performance starts deteriorating. Applications are becoming heavier and resource intensive as each day passes. Newer technologies come in that are not fully supported by the hardware available on the older devices and most of all, new phones keep hitting the market with much better hardware specs and features.
In order to keep these old gadgets lively and up there with the newer models such as the Google Pixel and Pixel XL, the only way is to keep them updated with new software. This way, performance is enhanced, new features introduced, bugs fixed and so on. This keeps the phones breathing and performing much better, even if not at the same levels as the newer ones.
Now, in the case of the Nexus 6P and Nexus 5X, we know that they’ll be two years old very soon. According to Google, none of its devices that have two years in the market are guaranteed Android OS updates. The 2015 handsets will be receiving the upcoming Android O later this year, something that will breathe new life into the aging pair, much to the delight of their users.
This Android O will be the last major OS the Nexus 6P and Nexus 5X will receive. After this, the only OTA updates that will be coming your way will be security updates. These updates, even though they usually don’t come with new features, they carry their own importance in the shape of bug fixes, performance enhancements, and system stabilization. But they’ll only be guaranteed until September 2018.
After this date, which is just a little over a year from now, the Google Nexus 6P and Nexus 5X will no longer be receiving any form of updates. In fact, the tech giant says that they won’t be giving any form of support, be it telephone or online. In short, you’ll soon be stuck with a $500+ phone that when it breaks down, no one will be there to help you out.
The purpose of monthly security updates is to keep you safe from malicious hackers and exploitations. Android is known to be one of the most unsecured platforms and as a way of dealing with this; Google introduced this program for patching any security holes discovered in the software on a monthly basis. Since this won’t be happening for Google Nexus 6P and Nexus 5X users, it basically means that users of these phones – after September 2018 – will be walking targets for hackers and spammers.
Of course, the phones will still be working, but the fact that they’ll be easy targets for hackers and malware should scare the hell out you in a way or the other.