Google extends Android security updates for these two smartphones

A week ahead of launching its new Pixel and Pixel XL smartphones, Google has extended the Android security update period for a couple of its smartphones. The search giant has already revealed that its Pixel and Nexus device will get Android OS updates for two years and the security updates for three years.

But now, the company has extended the security update for the Nexus 5X and the Nexus 6P smartphones until November 2018. Until now, the two smartphones that were launched in 2015 were scheduled to get Android OS updates till September this year and security updates for another year — till September 2018.

“Nexus devices get security updates for at least 3 years from when the device first became available on the Google Store, or at least 18 months from when the Google Store last sold the device, whichever is longer. After that, we can’t guarantee more updates,” says the company’s dedicated support page.

Google has not yet given a reason as to why it has extended Android security updates for these two handsets by two months. It is worth noting that the Nexus 6P and the Nexus 5X have both received Android 8.0 Oreo.

Google unveiled the official name of its Android O operating system late last month. Android 8.0 Oreo comes with loads of new features such as Native picture-in-picture mode, Notification Badges, Smart Text Selection, System optimisations, Improved battery life and Autofill with Google Chrome. It includes redesigned emojis as well.

The search giant is also preparing to launch a bunch of new devices at its upcoming October 4 launch. The device rumoured to launch include the Pixel 2, Pixel 2 XL, Google Home Mini and the PixelBook. A teaser video has already been released by Google for the October 4 event.

GOOGLE NEXUS 6P 32GB SPECIFICATIONS

SUMMARY

performance

Octa core

display

5.7″ (14.48 cm)

storage

32 GB

camera

12.3 MP

battery

3450 mAh

ram

3 GB

SPECIAL FEATURES

other sensors

Light sensor, Proximity sensor, Accelerometer, Barometer, Compass, Gyroscope

fingerprint sensor

Yes

GENERAL

operating system

Android v6.0 (Marshmallow)

sim slots

Single SIM, GSM

model

Nexus 6P

brand

Google

sim size

SIM1: Nano

network

4G: Available (supports Indian bands) 3G: Available, 2G: Available

fingerprint sensor

Yes

MULTIMEDIA

loudspeaker

Yes

fm radio

No

audio jack

3.5 mm

PERFORMANCE

chipset

Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 MSM8994

graphics

Adreno 430

processor

Octa core (2 GHz, Quad core, ARM Cortex A57 + 1.5 GHz, Quad core, Cortex A53)

architecture

64 bit

ram

3 GB

DESIGN

build material

Case: AluminiumBack: Aluminium

thickness

7.3 mm

width

77.8 mm

weight

178 grams

height

159.3 mm

colours

Aluminium, Graphite, Frost White

DISPLAY

display type

AMOLED

screen to body ratio

72.1 %

pixel density

515 ppi

screen protection

Corning Gorilla Glass v4, Oleophobic coating, Scratch-resistant glass

screen size

5.7 inches (14.48 cm)

screen resolution

1440 x 2560 pixels

touch screen

Yes Capacitive Touchscreen, Multi-touch

STORAGE

internal memory

32 GB

expandable memory

No

CAMERA

settings

Exposure compensation

aperture

F2.0

camera features

Digital Zoom, Auto Flash, Digital image stabilization, Face detection, Touch to focus

image resolution

4048 x 3040 Pixels

sensor

Exmor-R CMOS image sensor

autofocus

Yes Laser autofocus

shooting modes

Continuos Shooting, High Dynamic Range mode (HDR)

resolution

8 MP Front Camera

flash

Yes Dual LED Flash

video recording

1280×720 @ 30 fps

BATTERY

user replaceable

No

type

Li-Polymer

capacity

3450 mAh

NETWORK CONNECTIVITY

wifi

Yes Wi-Fi 802.11, a/ac/b/g/n/n 5GHz

wifi features

Wi-Fi Direct, Mobile Hotspot

bluetooth

Yes v4.2

usb typec

Yes (Doesn’t support micro-USB)

nfc

Yes

network support

4G (supports Indian bands), 3G, 2G

gps

Yes with A-GPS, Glonass

sim 1

4G Bands:TD-LTE 2600(band 38) / 2300(band 40) / 2500(band 41) / 1900(band 39) FD-LTE 2100(band 1) / 1800(band 3) / 2600(band 7) / 900(band 8) / 700(band 28) / 1900(band 2) / 1700(band 4) / 850(band 5) / 1800(band 9) / 700(band 17) / 850(band 19) / 800(band 20)3G Bands: UMTS 1700 / 1900 / 2100 / 800 / 850 / 900 MHz2G Bands: GSM 1800 / 1900 / 850 / 900 MHz 4G Speed: 50 Mbit/s ? 300 Mbit/s ? (LTE category 6)3G Speed: HSDPA 42.2 Mbit/s ?, HSUPA 5.76 Mbit/s ?GPRS:Available EDGE:Available

sim size

SIM1: Nano

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