Google will announce a new two-year update guarantee for Nexus devices alongside its next-generation Android M software, a new report claims. The policy is expected to apply to both new hardware, and existing devices already on sale.
“Nexus devices will get major system updates for two years and security patches for three years from OS release date,” reports Android Police. “Security patches will alternatively be guaranteed for at least 18 months from the date of purchase in the Google Store/Play Store (whichever is longer).”
This update policy will surely make Nexus smartphones and tablets even more popular among hardcore Android fans, who already appreciate Google’s hardware for its pure Android software that’s free from third-party tweaks and alterations.
But while the policy is expected to apply to existing Nexus devices, it doesn’t mean your Nexus 5 or Nexus 7 will get updates for another two years. The two-year timeline is based on release date — not when the policy is introduced — so some devices will reach update expiration this year.
Devices that have already passed the two-year milestone — like the Nexus 4, the 2012 Nexus 7, and the Nexus 10 — won’t get Android M at all, though they will continue to receive security patches for a while, according to the new guidelines.
None of this is official yet, so it should be regarded as speculation until Google confirms it. Android Police reports that the policy could be announced with Android M at Google I/O later this week, or when Android M makes its public debut this fall.