Google announced Android P's developer preview a few weeks ago with the Pixel/XL and Pixel 2/2XL getting first dibs on the update via developer preview. Android P will bring support for notches on phones, as well as introduce additional security features and a new design language.
Google will not be supporting the Huawei Nexus 6P, the LG Nexus 5X, or the Pixel C with Android P, leaving them on Oreo. While users were curious as to the fate of the Nexus Player, the firm did not reveal the fate of its device, until this week.
In a comment to Android Police, Google has now confirmed that the Nexus Player would no longer be supported going forward. The device will also be getting no more security updates, putting it out of support officially once and for all. Google's Nexus Player device debuted in 2014 with Android Lollipop. It was the first device which supported the firm's Android TV platform and made use of the Google Cast protocol which allowed users to cast media from their smartphones and tablets to the Nexus Player. Over the years, it had been updated to Marshmallow, Nougat, and Oreo. It recently gained support for Google Assistant with the November 2017 security update. With that in mind, it makes sense that the firm sees the debut of P as a natural endpoint, as the device has been supported by more than 2 major updates and almost 4 years.
Google still lets developers emulate Android TV, so developers who want to build experiences for that platform aren't exactly left out in the cold. Nevertheless, the Nexus Player has had a long run, and its run, like all good things, must come to an end.
Via Android Police