The primary developer preview for the subsequent main model of Android—Android P—is out in the present day. These releases sometimes come out for supported Google gadgets, giving builders a heads-up on what modifications to anticipate from a coming launch. The supported machine listing for this launch is a bit slim, although. The Android P Developer Preview solely works on the Pixel 1 and 1 XL, the Pixel 2 and a pair of XL, and that is it. Help has been dropped for the Nexus 5X, Nexus 6P, and Pixel C pill, which is an enormous change from the Android eight.1 Developer Preview.

After checking with Google, we confirmed that this is not a fluke of the developer preview program—the Nexus 5X, 6P, and Pixel C will not be getting the ultimate launch of Android P. Whereas they’ll nonetheless obtain month-to-month safety updates, Android eight.1 was the final main Android launch for the Nexus telephones and Pixel pill.

The Nexus 6P and 5X launched with an replace coverage of two years for main OS updates and three years for safety updates. All of them launched in This fall 2015, so the two-year replace window has been closed for a while now. The truth is, technically they should not even have obtained an replace to Android eight.1. Month-to-month safety updates will nonetheless proceed till a minimum of November 2018.

The Pixel C launched across the identical time and will have the identical replace insurance policies, however it is not listed on Google’s replace web page. The dying of the Pixel C means Google at the moment has no supported Android tablets.

For the Pixel 2, Google upgraded its replace coverage to a few years for main OS updates and month-to-month safety updates, however this nonetheless pales compared to what Apple is doing. The newest launch, iOS 11, works all the best way again to the iPhone 5S, which was launched in 2013. Whereas shopping for a telephone from Google helps you to sidestep Android’s fragmented replace mess, Google nonetheless cannot compete with Apple’s end-to-end management. Apple’s management over the OS, telephone manufacturing, and even the SoC permits it to help a tool for so long as it needs. For now, that appears to be a whopping 5 years.

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