Google sets end-of-life dates for its current selection of Nexus devices
The Google Nexus page now lists the final dates for when the company plans to stop developing new updates for existing Nexus devices. In general, Google will continue to support current Nexus smartphones and tablets for around two years after initial shipments. Updates relating to bugs and security fixes, however, will continue for up to three years after initial shipments or about 18 months after sales have stopped.
This means, for example, that there are no guarantees for any new major software updates on the Nexus 5X and 6P after September 2017. Of course, Google reserves the right to continue releasing updates indefinitely for these devices however unlikely that may be. Older models like the Nexus 9 and Nexus 6 will see their major planned updates come to an end this coming October 2016.
Fortunately, community support for Nexus devices is very strong especially when compared to smartphones from lesser-known manufacturers. Custom ROMs like CyanogenMod are constantly updated to breathe new life onto older hardware that may no longer be supported. Both Huawei and HTC are rumored to be working on the latest generation of Nexus devices for possible announcements before the end of this year.