Google Nexus 6 Receives Android 7.0 Nougat Downgrade

The entire Nexus industry has been saddened to hear that Google wants to leave their smartphones behind. This all started a few months ago when the Android parent launched Pixel and Pixel XL. Google started slowly but surely leaving older Nexus smartphones behind in favor of the newer ones.

Google recently rolled out Android 7.1.2 Nougat developer preview, and while this might be great news for everyone it isn’t for Nexus 6 and Nexus 9 owners. When Android 7.1.2 Nougat beta started arriving, Google announced that Nexus 6 and Nexus 9 owners will not be able to download it. This meant that the two smartphones have reached the end of their life circle.

Google Downgrades Nexus 6 to Android 7.0 Nougat

The Nexus community was quick to lash back and Google decided to continue providing Nexus 6 and Nexus 9 owners with monthly security updates. Well, as everyone already knows this didn’t go according to plan. Nexus 6 owners received March’s security patch and even though it was specially developed to enhance security, it actually caused Nexus 6 to malfunction.

The monthly security bulletin was somehow seen as a threat by Nexus 6’s SafetyNet test. The reason why this is important is because this caused Android Pay to be disabled. The SafetyNet test verifies if the designated smartphone is secure enough for mobile banking and payments.

If things looked like they couldn’t get worse, Google proved that they can. The Android parent wasn’t able to fix this issue and decided to roll out an operating system downgrade to Nexus 6. The smartphone now runs on Android 7.0 Nougat instead of Android 7.1.1 Nougat.

We think it’s safe to say that Nexus 6 owners would have preferred if Google just stopped updating their smartphone. They could still have Android 7.1.1 Nougat and their Android Pay function would work.

Nonetheless, in order to clear this situation Google guaranteed Nexus 6 owners that it will roll out Android 7.1.1 Nougat for them in the upcoming future. Sadly, the Android parent didn’t announce when this will happen and all that Nexus 6 owners can do right now is keep calm and wait.

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