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RIP Nexus Player: Google confirms end of the road for Android TV box

Google has confirmed the Android TV-powered Nexus Player will not be updated with the forthcoming Android P release.

The company told Android Police the discontinued set-top box won’t be privy to the update, which has only been confirmed for Google Pixel phones thus far.

This news was expected. Google hasn’t sold the device since the summer of 2016, but it’ll still be a blow to those who’ve picked it up previously.

The 2014 Nexus Player joins the 2015 Nexus 5X and Nexus 6P on the scrapheap. The Pixel C tablet will not graduate beyond the Android Oreo operating system either.

Related: Android P

Of course, Oreo will still work on all of the aforementioned devices. Those outside of the Google ecosystem are used to running phones on older operating systems so it’s unlikely to be that big a deal.

Whether Google plans to release the Nexus player with a Pixel-branded Android TV device remains to be seen. However a potential reference to the sequel has been found sitting within the Android source code.

Android P will be fully revealed at Google I/O in May.

The developer preview is currently out in the wild, showing support for cutout (or ‘notch’) displays as well as new tools designed for devices with multiple cameras.

Notification improvements are also coming with threaded conversation views and quick replies now available. Images will also appear within these notifications.

We’ll also see support for the HDR V9 standard, as well as new indoor positioning tech.

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