Nexus 6 Received Android 7.1.1 Nougat Update With January Security Upgrades
It’s been over two years since Google has released the Nexus 6, the first phablet built in collaboration with Motorola. At that time, the device ran on Android 5.0 Lollipop and every time a new version came out, it was delivered to it in short time. After the arrival of Nougat, Google worked on update 7.1.1, which rolled out to newer Nexus devices. The Nexus 6 had a bug that messed up the developers’ plans, who had to schedule the update for an OTA roll out in early January.
The new features and changes brought by Android 7.1.1 Nougat update include support for circular app icons; new emojis promoting gender equality; keyboard image insertion – allowing users to send emoji, stickers and GIFs from the messaging app; a new Moves menu in Settings containing actions that can be triggered by gesture, and app shortcuts imitating the 3D Touch features from Apple’s iOS 9.
The Android 7.1.1 (build N6F26Q) build comes with the latest January 5, 2017 security bulletin and the Nexus 6 users can download the factory images and OTA images from the Google Developers website. Unfortunately, the update doesn’t offer Pixel’s Night Light and Google Assistant features, but the good news is that many bugs have been fixed.
The Nexus 6 is a bit heavy and too large for users with small hands, as it has a thickness of 10.1mm and a display of approximately 6-inch, but it offers a QHD resolution and it’s water resistant. Under the hood, it hides a Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 chipset that’s powered by a quad-core 2.7 GHz Krait 450 processor and it houses an Adreno 420 GPU and 3GB of RAM. Also, it offers two variants of internal memories of 32GB and 64GB, which can’t be expanded, and the battery has a capacity of 3220mAh. The primary camera takes decent pictures, as it supports a resolution of 13MP and features such as autofocus, OIS, and dual-LED (ring) flash, while the secondary camera is recommendable only for video calls, because it has a resolution of only 2MP.