Sorry xel owners, probably won’t update your phones past Android

BY GreenBot Staff

Published 28 Apr 2017

en the xel came out last year, it was a clear departure from the Nexus program. th a logo stamped on the back, the phones weren’t just crafted around the purest vision for Android, they gave us hope that we would finally have a phone that received years of updates.

Unfortunately, that’s not the case. has updated the Check & update your Android version page of the Nexus support section to include the xel xel X the obsolete dates are the same as the Nexus devices that came before. For version updates, says, “xel phones get Android version updates for at least 2 years from when the device first became available on the Store. After 2 years, we can’t guarantee additional updates.” Security updates are a little longer, lasting for “at least 3 years from when the device first became available on the Store, or at least 18 months from when the Store last sold the device, whichever is longer.”

ile the “at least” qualifier leaves some wiggle room, it’s unlikely that the xel will receive the Android Q update or that will pay any attention to it after October 2019. uses the same “not guaranteed” qualifier on the two- three-year Nexus phone limits, right on schedule, stopped sending updates to the Nexus 6 9, which was released in November 2014, earlier this year.

xel pessimism: Two years of updates might sound good if you just bought a Galaxy S8 or an G6, but this is a bummer for xel owners. really had a chance to change the game here for Android users, but it’s opting to stick with the same disappointing upgrade schedule for seemingly no reason. The ione 5 was released in 2012 with iOS 6. You can still put the latest version iOS 10.3 on it, it’s only because of the ione 5’s 32-bit processor that it won’t receive iOS 11. could have done the same thing rewarded xel purchasers with years years of updates, but instead it’s leaving them out in the cold.