Google just totally ignored its biggest Android fans

Google had a pretty exciting event earlier today. It announced the Google Pixel, the Google Pixel XL, Google Home, Google Daydream View VR and more. It also left its biggest fans shaking in the cold.

There’s no question that Google’s most hardcore followers are the ones who were buying its Nexus products in the past, most recently the Nexus 6P or the Nexus 5X, depending on their budget. In the past, it was always safe to buy Nexus products since that meant you were going to get the latest and greatest features before anyone else – especially folks who buy other smartphones. That’s not the case this year. Instead, Google wants you you to cough up another $650.

Google’s Android 7.1 Nougat operating system is launching on the Google Pixel and Google Pixel XL, but Google didn’t once mention the software for owners of the Nexus 6P or the Nexus 5X. The omission of the mention of either phone during Google’s event, where it talked about all of the awesome features inside Nougat 7.1, was glaring.

My guess is that Android 7.1 is coming to the Nexus 6P and Nexus 5X in some fashion, but Google hasn’t said when. Instead, the company’s brand new Pixel Twitter account sort of just pushed those users to the side:

I don’t want the english major in me to come out too badly here, but the past tense “played” scares me, as if Google’s leaving Nexus in the past, purely looking forward with Pixel. The line about continuing to support its older products is somewhat reassuring, but I’m curious why Google simply said “software updates” instead of Android 7.1. Maybe it only means maintenance patches?

We’ve reached out to Google for clarification and will update this post if we receive more information.

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