Nexus 6 and 6P Soon To Be Dropped From Google’s Android Program
With Google recently downgrading its Nexus 6 from Android 7.1.1 to Android 7.0, rumors have surfaced of the company dropping the device from the Android Program altogether. And with Nexus 6P falling outside Google’s two-year update guarantee one year from now, chances are the device will get the same treatment.
Reasons for Nexus 6 Downgrade
With the Android 7.1.1 Nougat update on Nexus 6 devices, issues such as bugs and app crashes have quickly surfaced. Google thus decided to downgrade the device back to Android 7.0 through an over-the-air update. However, this had little success to satisfy users and fix the previously reported issues. This is due to the fact that the downgrade has been done without a complete factory reset, so crashing apps are still a large issue.
The downgrade that Google has performed on its Nexus 6 device is the first one in the history of Android. On top of that, the Nexus 6 didn’t pass the SafetyNet Test, therefore Google might not even consider releasing the new Android beta to it. Nexus 6 is also close to its three-year milestone, making it close to obsolete.
Lacking Android 7.1.2 Nougat Features of Nexus 6P
As for the Nexus 6P, although it’s currently being upgraded to Android 7.1.2 Nougat, it’s due to end its two-year update guarantee. Users have also noticed lacking features from the specs of the new Android, such as fingerprints gestures. Google didn’t provide an official statement on the issue yet, but a lot of people on the Internet have taken to speculating about the possible cause for this, and the consensus seems to be that Google is planning to pull back Nexus 6P from the Android program. We’ll just have to wait and see how this unfolds.