The last Nexus phones have received their last official OTA updates
The Nexus is dead! Long live the Pixel!
Today marks the end of an era. Google’s Nexus line of phones, the original handsets designed for Google’s view of what Android should be, have received their last promised updates from Google. As of today, there is no guarantee that the Nexus 5X or Nexus 6P will see any more official updates.
While the Nexus 5X and Nexus 6P weren’t in line to receive Android 9.0 Pie, the phones were still scheduled to receive regular security updates until November 2018. That OTA update was pushed out today, closing the door on one of the highest regarded smartphone families ever manufactured. Google has been mum about updating either the 5X or the 6P to Android Pie, so it’s safe to say that their upgrade path is sealed. Both phones received their last major update, Android 8.1 Oreo, this past February.
Despite the end of promised official updates, both the 5X and 6P have loyal followings and plenty of unofficial support. After all, XDA Developers released an Android 9.0 Pie ROM for the 6P back in late August, about two weeks after Pie was officially released. The Nexus 5X has an unofficial Android 9.0 Pie ROM that was released on XDA earlier this week. Both phones also have active LineageOS support.
While the Nexus line may be “officially” dead at this point, you can’t keep a legend down.