Nexus devices are known for its great life span. It doesn’t really matter if Google sidelines the device as if it is famous enough with developers, it will continue to extend its long life.
Take for example the Nexus 4. The device is close to marking its fifth year yet it will still be running on the latest Android version, all thanks to dedicated developers working on the Cyanogen Mod ROMs.
So, just like the Nexus 4, the Nexus 6P will still be able to survive even without Google’s help. However, it can’t be denied that Google is really making a grave mistake by ignoring the Nexus 6P’s new potential, especially now that the Pixel phones are in the picture.
The Nexus 6P can be considered a somewhat mid-range device due to how the device is being positioned in Google’s portfolio of devices, in terms of Google’s Project Fi service. The list includes the Nexus 5X, priced at $200, the $400 Nexus 6P and the Pixel at $650.
With the Pixel/XL, the Nexus 6P has a new role and thus the potential to make it big internationally. This is essential for Google in order for it to level up to the likes of Apple and Samsung in selling smartphones.
The Pixel devices, with its mass appeal, would help Google in this feat to some extend but it will be hard for it to generate demand as its pricing may just be too much for folks in other markets. Paying $4,000 for a device is just too much and that’s how much the Pixel XL costs in the local currencies of developing markets abroad.
With that in mind, a cheaper mid-range device i.e. Nexus 6P would help boost sales volume. Although the $200 Nexus 5X may be a sweet deal, the device has been known to come with reliability issues.
The Nexus 6P is a true winner here and by making if more affordable in other markets, the company would be able to elevate the device far beyond the US borders.
The Nexus 6P’s demand would be increased, fortunately, for the halo effect of the Pixel and Pixel XL. It can’t be denied that there were a lot of buzz surrounding their launch on the Web that folks from every corner of the world would have heard about it.
There is a plus point to the Project Fi for those who think its plans are too expensive. This service allows users to cancel the service at any time which indicates that one could use the discounted prices to their advantage by deactivating the service once they have received their device.
Another factor is that people are hoping that Google would follow the ways of other OEMs. Usually, a new launch would mean a slowly but permanent price cut of their previous flagship devices. This, however, hasn’t been the case with the Nexus 6P.