Google announces last security patch dates for Nexus and Pixel devices

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Quite simply, Pure Android experience and promised timely updates by Google make Nexus and Pixel smartphones stand apart from other android devices. Software experience on these flagship smartphones is smooth, fast, with no bloatware, and you get software updates directly from Google. You’ll be the first to get them, and you’ll get them a guaranteed two years (three years for security patches). What else you want from your Android smartphone.

nexus 6 gold edition

Google has had a policy in place for a while that Nexus and Pixel devices will “get security patches for at least 3 years from when the device first became available on the Google Store, or at least 18 months from when the Google Store last sold the device, whichever is longer.

To clarify it further, particularly for each and every device, Google has now released a list about when the last security patch will land to each of its current and past devices. This is when the device ceases being entirely secure. Though this is not a huge issue (keep in mind, most non-Google devices are not on the latest security patch anyway), it’s something to consider after owning your device for approximately three years that Google supports it.

Minimum update period:

Phone No guaranteed Android version updates after No guaranteed security patch updates after
Pixel XL

October 2018

October 2019
Pixel

October 2018

October 2019
Device No guaranteed Android version updates after No guaranteed security patch updates after
Nexus 6P

September 2017

September 2018
Nexus 5X

September 2017

September 2018
Nexus 9

October 2016

October 2017
Nexus 6

October 2016

October 2017
Nexus 5

October 2015

October 2016
Nexus 7 (2013)

July 2015

August 2016
Nexus 4

November 2014

November 2015
Nexus 10

November 2014

November 2015
Nexus 7 (2012)

June 2014

June 2015

 

While many devices on this list are no longer eligible for an update, this will give you a good idea of when it’s time to upgrade your device. Three years of support is not only above average, but pretty good as far as smartphone longevity goes. And if you recently picked up a Pixel, you still have over two years of support to go!

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