Android P officially spells the end of the road for Google’s Nexus phones

Google has confirmed that the Nexus 5X and Nexus 6P smartphones, as well as the Pixel C tablet, will not have access to the Android P update.

The company released the first Android P preview to developers on Wednesday, but only provided access to developers rocking Pixel phones.

Of course, it’s so early in the process we didn’t jump to the conclusion Nexus device owners would be missing out when the consumer version arrives this autumn.

Related: Android P features

However, ArsTechnica has received word from Google that this is officially the end of the road for those three devices.

The Nexus 5X and 6P arrived in 2016 promising two years of full support for Android updates and time’s now up.

Dropping the Nexus C tablet means Google won’t be supporting any of its tablets beyond Android Oreo.

The fate of the final Nexus device, the Nexus Player Android TV box, is currently unclear, but it would be surprising if Google released Android P for the set-top box.

Android P features

Among the features Google is currently previewing is support for the cut out displays (i.e. the notch). It is also giving developers access to a multi-camera API, which will enable them to make greater use of dual camera set-ups.

The company is also improving smart message notifications to include pictures and quick replies.

Developers can download the first preview from today, but Google is advising against curious consumers installing the software for now.

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