16 April 2018
Google has officially confirmed that Nexus Player will not be receiving an upgrade to Android P. The confirmation was made by the big G to Android Police which further made the end of software support cycle for the media player official. This was speculated since the device was excluded from the list of devices compatible with Android P Developer Preview 1.
The Nexus Player was launched in 2014 with Android 5.0 Lollipop and since then, it received a total of three major upgrades and is currently running Android 8.0 Oreo. This makes it one of the longest supported devices from Google when it comes to releasing software updates. But with the end of support now, its users should not expect to see any new updates which also includes security updates. It is worth mentioning that Google officially discontinued selling the device in 2016.
As for developers, they will continue to have the option of using the Android TV emulator in Android P DP1 for testing their apps. This will save you from the trouble of buying a new device. But if you are a Nexus Player user who is interested in getting the taste of newest software, it is finally the time to upgrade to some other Android TV device.
On another hand, this could be a hint that Google might be working on releasing a newer variant named Pixel Player. There have been some rumors in the past but nothing substantial has been spotted yet.