Check out the aftermath of Google’s decision to end support for Nexus 6P and Nexus 5X
Google revealed the fact that September 2018 will be the last scheduled date that its devices Nexus 6P and Nexus 5X will be guaranteed to receive software updates and online/telephone customer support.
Potential implications of Google’s decision – exposure to cyber attacks
The two devices, Google Nexus 5X and Google Nexus 6P, will receive the update to Android O sometimes later during this year. But most users are already running the developer preview and the public beta version on their devices. We already announced that Android O would be the last major operating system that the two devices will receive. After that, the only updates that the Nexus 5X and the Nexus 6P will receive will be the monthly security updates.
The primary purpose of a security update is to keep the device safe from attacks. This is very important as the cyber world of today is flooded by malware, and it’s crucial to be able to get your phone to run the latest and the most secure software.
These security updates that we mentioned will keep rolling out to the two devices until September 2018. After that, the company stated that it would not guarantee any security update anymore. The customer support team will no longer be available for offering support in case you will get into some kind of trouble with your device.
Hackers and spammers are aware of the changes planned by Google, and they will be ready to take advantage of this whole situation. Since there won’t be any new patches available for the phones, the two devices will become easy targets.
Users have more than a year at their disposal to switch from their Google Nexus 5X and 6P to a newer device that will still receive updates. Their choices will be limited to Google Pixel, Pixel XL and their successors.