Developers who are interested in making sure that they are behind upcoming Android features are presented with a choice of which hardware to use with Android P: Pixel, Pixel XL, Pixel 2, and Pixel 2L.
In the end, Android P will ship on new phones from other manufacturers alongside other handsets that third-parties work on to update, however there are a few Android linchpins that will not have the opportunity to carry this feature and they include; Google’s Nexus 5X and Nexus 6P phones and the sometimes forgotten Pixel C tablet. Reports reaching us from our sources that were in talks with Google stated that the Android P when fully released will not be supported by those devices. furthermore, there is no Developer Preview image for the Nexus Player which was released in 2014 therefore it is safe to assume that it may not be getting any further updates as well.
This is the year 2018, and the human race is way past two years of OS update support that these devices were promised, and it really doesn’t come as a surprise. All the three devices will continue to get monthly security updates all through to the month of November this year, but they will remain on Android 8.1 as a fundamental OS as far as official Google updates are concerned.
Meanwhile, in contrast, it is pertinent to note that iOS 11 has been working on the iPhone 5S since 2013, the iPad mini 2, and even the sixth generation iPod touch. Also, it is important to mention that Android’s tablet support could barely be considered “nominal” especially at this moment when Google’s last official tablet is external to the major update window.
One thing we must not omit however is that Google has done a great job moving the major features of its operating system into its apps and services, and the open nature of Android in combination with community support fills in some of the gaps. In this respect, only a few phones will be considered as left behind in the current period.