Nexus 6 Goes Back to Android 7.0 Nougat

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A few weeks ago, Google announced that it’s going to stop supporting Nexus 6 and Nexus 9. The Nexus community was angered and in order to please them Google stated that both Nexus 6 and Nexus 9 are still going to receive monthly security updates all throughout 2017. Sadly, these security patches are more problematic than helpful.

March Security Patch disables Android Pay on Nexus 6

The reason why Google keeps on rolling out monthly security patches is because it wants to enhance the overall Android security level. Sadly, March’s security does something more than that. After updating the smartphone, Nexus 6 owners soon found out that Android Pay has been broken. March’s security patch somehow conflicts with the SafetyNet test. Google has developed SafetyNet with one purpose in mind, to evaluate if the designated smartphone is secure enough to permit mobile payments.

Google isn’t able to find a Solution

Even though everyone was expecting Google to roll out an OTA (over the air) software fix, the Android parent decided to do something truly unexpected. Google started pushing out an OTA operating system downgrade therefore bringing Nexus 6 down to Android 7.0 Nougat. This update has angered the entire Nexus 6 community especially since they have waited longer than all other Nexus smartphones to receive Android 7.1.1 Nougat.

What’s interesting is that this downgrade has caused havoc in the Android world because many Nexus 6 owners didn’t read the update info and had no idea what they were getting into. Fortunately, Google guaranteed that it’s going to keep on rolling software updates to Nexus 6 until it goes back to Android 7.1.1 Nougat.

Android 7.0 Nougat breaks down Nexus 6 apps

Nexus 6 owners don’t really have a problem with the downgrade, what’s really angering them is the fact that their apps started malfunctioning. This was to be expected since all Google Play Store apps have been updated so that they are compatible with Android 7.1.1 Nougat and not Android 7.0 Nougat. Nonetheless, Google is definitely going to take care of this problem in the upcoming future. Until then, all that Nexus 6 owners can do is wait and hope that Google hurries up with a stable version of Android 7.1.1 Nougat.

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