Nexus 6P and Nexus 5X Android Pie: What You Need to Know

By | 7th March 2018

Nexus 6P and Nexus 5X Android Pie: What You Need to Know is a post by Adam Mills from Gotta Be Mobile.

Google’s Android Pie update is official and you can grab it right now if you own a Pixel, Pixel 2, or an Essential Phone. If you own a Nexus 5X or Nexus 6P, we’ve got some bad news.

Google typically confirms new Android updates at its annual developer conference. This year the company decided to do things a bit differently and confirmed Android P ahead of Google I/O.

After several months of beta testing, Google’s released the official version of Android P, now known as Android 9.0 Pie. The update is limited to Pixel devices and the Essential Phone, but we expect that to change in the near future.

Unfortunately, it still looks like Nexus-branded devices will (officially) stick around on Android 8.1 Oreo.

Nexus 6P & Nexus 5X Won’t Get Android Pie

According to Google, the Nexus 6P and Nexus 5X will stay on Android Oreo. In addition, the Pixel C tablet will also stay put on Android 8.1 Oreo. This doesn’t come as much of a surprise.

Last year, Google said it couldn’t guarantee Android version updates for the Nexus 6P and Nexus 5X after September, 2017. Unfortunately, it looks like the company is staying true to its word.

In its Android 9.0 Pie announcements today, Google says devices that participated in the Beta program from Sony Mobile, Xiaomi, HMD Global, Oppo, Vivo, and OnePlus, as well as all qualifying Android One devices, will receive the Android Pie update by the end of this fall.

Google also says it’s working with a number of other partners to launch or upgrade devices to Android 9.0 Pie this year. OEMs like HTC and Samsung didn’t participate in the Android P beta.

How to Get Android 9.0 Pie (Nexus)

If you own a Nexus 5X or Nexus 6P and you want to try Android Pie, you’ve got a couple of options. One will be free, the other will cost you.

While Android version support for the Nexus 5X and Nexus 6P ends with Android Oreo, support from third-party developers won’t end.

Both devices still have large development communities and we expect developers to put together stable Android Pie ROMs for both devices.

If you’re interested in trying out Android Pie’s features, keep an eye out for stable Android Pie ROMs as we push away from the update’s release for Pixel devices.

Your other option is an upgrade to a newer device like the Pixel, Pixel XL, Pixel 2, or Pixel 2 XL. These devices are four of the best Android phones available and they’re all much cheaper than they once were.

You could also wait for the rumored Google Pixel 3 which should run Android Pie out of the box. The Pixel 3 release is rumored for October.

Samsung’s new Galaxy Note 9 won’t run Android Pie out of the box, but we expect it to get upgraded to Android 9.0 Pie later this year.

What’s Next

This isn’t the end of the line for the Nexus 5X or Nexus 6P.

Google initially said it planned to stop security updates for the Nexus 6P and Nexus 5X in September, 2018. However the company changed those plans back in 2017.

The company now says it plans to roll out security patches to the Nexus 5X through November 2018. Once the November 2018 patch rolls out, Nexus 5X and Nexus 6P users will be on their own.

5 Reasons to Wait for the Pixel 3 & 4 Reasons Not To

Wait for the Best Software Support

Wait for the Best Software Support

If you want the best version of Google's Android 9.0 Pie software paired with the best software support, you should think about holding out for the Pixel 3. 

Google's Android 9.0 Pie update is finally out of beta for Pixel devices. The new operating system doesn't come with an overhauled design, but it does come with an assortment of useful tweaks and enhancements. 

The new Pixel 3 will almost certainly run Android Pie out of the box (benchmarks show it running Android 9.0) and there's a good chance it'll come with some exclusive features that 1) aren't included in the official release for older devices and 2) won't be available for other Android phones at launch.

The Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL arrived with some exclusives including support for AR Stickers, Google Lens support, and a new built-in Pixel Launcher. 

Google's Android 8.1 Oreo update brought some Pixel 2 features to older devices weeks after the devices launched. 

If you want immediate access to Android Pie's best features, you should think about waiting for the Pixel 3 launch. 

Google's Pixel 3 will also come with the best software support.

While you might be tempted to go with a cheaper device like the Nexus 6P, Nexus 5X, or an original Pixel, software support for those phones will end much sooner than support for the Pixel 2 and Pixel 3. 

The Nexus 6P and Nexus 5X won't get Android Pie, and guaranteed Android version support for the Pixel and Pixel XL will end in October 2018. This means Android Pie is probably their last major update. 

It's also worth noting that newer devices often get major software updates days, sometimes weeks, before older devices so you can expect the Pixel 3 to be first in line to milestone Android Pie (Android 9.1, etc) updates. 

If you plan on keeping your phone for several years and want to be first in line to major Android releases, you might want to hold out for the Pixel 3. 

Nexus 6P and Nexus 5X Android Pie: What You Need to Know is a post by Adam Mills from Gotta Be Mobile.