The Google Nexus 6P will sadly have no predecessor to its Nexus lineage. Instead, the new Google Pixel line will take its place.
Why the big change?
Because Google is going with a different approach with the Pixel. They'll be offering the device at a premium price-point with a premium build quality that should rival the likes of Apple and Samsung. The old Nexus 6P started at $499 for the 32GB variant while the new Google Pixel starts at $649 for the 32GB variant with an additional $100 for the XL version and another $100 for the 64GB version.
They're also partnering up with Verizon, where you'll be able to buy your Pixel or Pixel XL in stores, otherwise you'd have to buy it online directly from the Google Play Store as with the old Nexus's.
These phones will be designed completely by Google and manufactured by HTC (a manufacturer known for build quality). The new phones will incorporate the new Google Assistant and new Android Nougat operating system along with other exclusive Google features (like the 24/7 live customer support with screen sharing) built directly into the UI. In other words, instead of a pure Android experience with the Nexus, we'll be getting a pure Google experience.
What about Nexus support?
According to the Google Support page, Nexus devices will continue to receive security updates for up to 3 years or up to 18 months after the device stops selling on the Google Play store. The devices will also continue to receive OS updates for up to 2 years from the initial launch date. After that 2 years, android updates are no longer guaranteed.
|Device||No Guaranteed Updates After:|
|Nexus 6P||September 2017|
|Nexus 5X||September 2017|
|Nexus 9||October 2016|
|Nexus 6||October 2016|