Nexus 6 and Nexus 9 Phones Denied Security Fixes
Recently, there has been a timeline published by Google that shows for how long they will be providing updates for their new Nexus line of Android smartphones. A somewhat subtle update prior to the weekend, it has been revealed that the Nexus 6 and the Nexus 9 will stop receiving security updates by the end of the year, October will be last month to be more precise. The Nexus 6P and the Nexus 5X still have guaranteed patches until September 2018.
Google has given us information in regards to Operating System updates and when they will stop being released in the past, but the fact that we know when we no longer will be receiving security updates is something new. And apparently, Google will be providing users with two years of update support and only three years support in the shape of security patches, at best. Once that ends, your device will be susceptible to all sort of vulnerabilities as it will no longer be up-to-date.
What is worse is that most people do not buy their phones exactly when they get launched. As such, if you purchase your phone one year or a few months prior to the last date when they get updated, you will only benefit from that period of safety for it. After that, you can just as simply lose it to new threats that it has not been updated for.
On the completely opposite spectrum, Apple has been continuously updating its iPhone 5 and iPad 4 devices since their release in 2012. They benefit from the fact that they construct both the software and the hardware, and as such, for each model they release every year it will be much easier to continue supporting them in the future with new updates in both OS and security.