Google Nexus 6 New Factory Image Along with Android Update

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Back in December Google announced on its blog that all Pixel and Nexus devices will receive Android 7.1.1 Nougat by the end of the month but as everyone soon found out, Nexus 6 was forgotten. This caused a whole fiasco among the Nexus 6 community since everyone thought that this was only a marketing scheme from Google to persuade Nexus 6 users to switch over to the company’s latest Pixel and Pixel XL devices. Well, Google cleared this problem by stating that there was an unexpected bug in Android 7.1.1 Nougat which only affects Nexus 6.

Well, now it looks this bug has been squashed and Google finally uploaded the full factory image and OTA update for Nexus 6. What’s even better is that Google included the latest January security patch in the OTA files. This is great news since January’s security bulletin fixes around 95 major security breaches including one major security flaw which allowed hackers to remotely execute Android devices through MMS, email and messages. The factory image and OTA update can be downloaded right now from Google’s Developer website under the build number “N6F26Q”. Google will roll out the OTA (over the air) during the upcoming days but Android power users can opt to upgrade their operating system right now.

In regards to manually flashing the update, Nexus 6 users should keep in mind that they first need to install the correct USB drivers which are compatible with Nexus 6. Also, all of this can be done only through Google’s Android Debug Bridge. The best advice we can give Android users is to pay attention to the step-by-step guide provided on Google’s developer website because the factory image flashing process can get quite tricky at times and users risk losing all their data.

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