Google has posted clear details of how they decide the length of time Nexus devices receive updates for. The document also provides dates for a number of Nexus products, specifying exactly how long they are guaranteed to receive Android updates for.
The page detailing the Android update policy for Nexus devices was spotted by an eagle-eyed redditor. It has been heavily-discussed on the social platform, with users pleased that Google is now being specific with regards to dates.
Google’s information about Android updates is based around minimum periods, and in theory, Nexus products could continue to receive new software after the specified dates.
A total of six Nexus devices have been given dates, after which they are no longer guaranteed to receive Android updates:
- Nexus 5X – September 2017
- Nexus 6P – September 2017
- Nexus 9 – October 2016
- Nexus 5 – October 2015
- Nexus 7 (2013) – July 2015
- Nexus 10 – November 2014
Google specifies that Nexus devices will receive updates for a minimum of two years after the point they went on sale in the Google Store. The guarantee will be welcomed by many, although notably the two-year period is no longer than some leading third-party Android manufacturers offer.
Security patches are considered separate to operating system updates, and as a result will be available for longer periods.
Nexus devices will continue to receive security patches for three years from their release, or 18 months from the date which they were removed from the Google Store; whichever is longer.