Google Nexus 6 March Security Patch Disables Android Pay
Nexus 6 owners have recently received Google’s latest Android security patch. The update arrived under the “N6F26U” build number and it was rolled out OTA (over the air). Traditionally, Google’s monthly updates enhance the already smooth Android experience and overall security level. Sadly, this isn’t the case this month. Recent reports are pointing towards the fact that Google’s latest monthly security patch brings a bug with it.
Nexus 6 Owners Can’t Use Android Pay Anymore
As previously mentioned, the March Android security patch brings something unexpected alongside it. The security patch somehow alters Nexus 6’s ability to use Android Pay. Google’s Product Forum and Reddit have been filled with threats from Nexus 6 owners that are complaining about this highly annoying issue. Additionally, other reports are showing that different Android powered smartphones such as Pixel and Nexus 6P are being affected by this issue as well.
Android Pay has become quite an essential feature. It allows Android smartphones owners to make payments online, use mobile banking and so on. Knowing that Google is always going its best in order to enhance the Android user experience, we can expect an OTA (over the air) software fix to arrive any time now. Even better, the aforementioned Redditors that were complaining about this issue have already found what’s causing this bug. After installing the update, the smartphone is no longer able to pass the SafetyNet test.
Google has developed the SafetyNet test with one purpose in mind, to check the security of the designated Android powered device. All smartphones that are able to perform mobile payments have gone through this test. What’s probably happening is that SafetyNet doesn’t recognize March’s security update as a friendly update.
Nexus 6: Specs
As refreshment, we will go over what Nexus 6 has to offer when it comes to hardware power. Motorola who is the company behind Nexus 6 has equipped it with Qualcomm’s quad-core Snapdragon 805 chipset. Motorola has also paired Qualcomm’s processor with an Adreno 420 graphics processing unit and 3GB of RAM. The smartphone is quite impressive when it comes to hardware power, this is why Nexus 6 is still a viable daily driver even though it was launched back in 2014.