Google Nexus Android N & Android O Release, Status Update & More: Which Devices Will Get Which
It’s already a given that when Google releases new Android updates, its Nexus devices will come first. As the company is also slated to release new smartphone and tablet units this year, the tech giant now offers a glimpse of what people should expect during the rollout of the Android N and possibly the Android O updates.Advertisement
Nexus Devices Schedule
Google releases its Nexus devices, guaranteeing consumers that Android version updates will be provided at two years, starting with the availability of the unit on the Google Play Store. To sweeten the deal and ensure devices remain secure, Google confirmed that security patches and updates for Nexus devices will be offered for three years or 18 months from the time Google Store last sold the device.
To provide people with an overview on what to expect should the company release new software versions, Google has provided a list of units and their corresponding timelines with regards to Android N and possibly Android O. Guaranteed support for Nexus devices include:
- Nexus 5X – September 2017
- Nexus 6P – September 2017
- Nexus 9 – October 2016
- Nexus 6 – October 2016
- Nexus 5 – October 2015
- Nexus 7 (2013) – July 2015
- Nexus 10 – November 2014
Nexus users are assured of the update thanks to their direct line with Google. Soon as the new versions are out, Google will put the Nexus first, but people will need to stay tuned for the actual release schedule.
Nexus Tablets to Lack Android N Free-Form Window Mode
However, even with the release schedule, Google will not be providing Android N’s free-form window mode to Nexus tablets, according a report from SlashGear. The free-form window mode allows users to run side-by-side. Pixel C devices will also not have the feature.
“To be clear, the API will be there for app developers and OEMs to use and implement, but as far as Google’s Nexus and Pixel C devices are concerned, it’s going to be a no show,” SlashGear explained.