Nexus 6 and Nexus 9 – What’s New From Google?
Google recently rolled out its latest Android 7.1.2 Nougat beta operating system update. This update has arrived to Nexus and Pixel smartphone owners that are enlisted in the company’s Android Beta Program. While this might be great news for Pixel owners, we can’t say the same about Nexus 6 and Nexus 9 owners. This update officially marks Google’s departure from Nexus 6 and Nexus 9.
Nexus 6 and Nexus 9 Will Not Receive Android 7.1.2 Nougat
The only devices that are eligible to receive Google’s latest software updates are Nexus 5X, Nexus 6P and the complete Pixel lineup. The fact that Google decided to stop supporting Nexus 6 and Nexus 9 shouldn’t surprise anyone though. As everyone knows by now, the Android parent has been trying to get rid of the Nexus brand in favor of the new Pixel one. This way, customers are going to be more inclined to acquire a newer and more expensive Pixel smartphone.
Why Is Google Leaving Nexus 6 and Nexus 9 Behind?
The way Google is doing this is by stopping sending out software updates to them. Additionally, Google isn’t forced to provide Nexus 6 and Nexus 9 owners with updates by any means since the devices are getting ready to pass their three year milestone. The reason why their age matters is because Google’s policy states that once a device reaches the two year milestone, the company doesn’t have to keep on supporting it anymore.
We do have some good news for Nexus 6 and Nexus 9 owners though. The Android parent confirmed that even though Android 7.1.2 Nougat beta will not be sent out to them, they will still receive all the monthly security patches. This is quite important since security should be everyone’s top priority, especially these days when the internet is filled with malicious software. Worth mentioning is that this updates will be coming all throughout 2017, but in 2018 they will stop.
Google’s Farewell Gift To Nexus 6 and Nexus 9
As previously mentioned, both devices have already passed their two year milestone. Google decided to overlook this and update their operating system to Android 7.0 Nougat. We think this is Google’s way of saying Goodbye. Nonetheless, Nexus 6 and Nexus 9 owners can still get access to Google’s latest updates through custom ROMs.