Trusted Reviews is supported by its audience. If you purchase through links on our site, we may earn a commission. Learn more.

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 details coming soon

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.

Are you sad to see the Nexus Player go the way of the dodo? Drop us a line @TrustedReviews on Twitter.

Why trust our journalism?

Founded in 2003, Trusted Reviews exists to give our readers thorough, unbiased and independent advice on what to buy.

Today, we have millions of users a month from around the world, and assess more than 1,000 products a year.

author icon

Editorial independence

Editorial independence means being able to give an unbiased verdict about a product or company, with the avoidance of conflicts of interest. To ensure this is possible, every member of the editorial staff follows a clear code of conduct.

author icon

Professional conduct

We also expect our journalists to follow clear ethical standards in their work. Our staff members must strive for honesty and accuracy in everything they do. We follow the IPSO Editors’ code of practice to underpin these standards.