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It's been almost 1/2 a year since the launch of the nexus 2015, and a new one is coming. I want to know how often do android phones get supported with software updates until it becomes obsolete. It will ultimately decided if I should wait for this years model or buy last year's.

What version of Android did each phone in the Nexus line-up stop receiving updates?

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Here is all the info, ordered by release date:

Device Launch Version Final Version Lifespan

Nexus One           2.1   Eclair                2.3   Gingerbread     1y  1m
Nexus S             2.3.6 Gingerbread           4.1.2 Jelly Bean      0y  8m
Galaxy Nexus        4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich    4.3   Jelly Bean      1y  7m
Nexus 4             4.2.2 Jelly Bean            5.1.1 Lollipop        2y 6m
Nexus 7 (2012)      4.1.2 Jelly Bean            5.1.1 Lollipop        2y 8m
Nexus 10            4.2.2 Jelly Bean            5.1.1 Lollipop        2y 4m
Nexus 7 (2013)      4.3   Jelly Bean            current*              N/A: Launched 2013-07
Nexus 5             4.4   Kit Kat               current*              N/A: Launched 2013-10
Nexus 6             5.0   Lollipop              current*              N/A: Launched 2014-11
Nexus 9             5.0   Lollipop              current*              N/A: Launched 2014-11
Nexus Player        5.0   Lollipop              current*              N/A: Launched 2014-11
Nexus 5X            6.0.0 Marshmallow           current*              N/A: Launched 2015-09
Nexus 6P            6.0.0 Marshmallow           current*              N/A: Launched 2015-09
Pixel C             6.0.1 Marshmallow           current*              N/A: Launched 2015-12

*current version is 6.0.1 Marshmallow

So starting with the Nexus 4, devices have averaged 2.5 years between their release and final update. You should add on a few months to account for the fact that there was some time between their final updates and when that version was actually obsoleted by the next. And the 5 and 7(2013) have passed that mark, though they will probably not get Android N.

Sources:

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According to Google, 2 years.

Nexus 5X, Nexus 6P, Nexus 6, Nexus 5, Nexus 4, Nexus 7, Nexus 9, and Nexus 10 devices get the latest version of Android directly from Google. These devices will receive Android version updates for at least two years from when the device first became available on the Google Store.

And as far as what Nexus device got what versions, that information is easy to find online. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Google_Nexus

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