Nexus 6 is Having a Bad Year
It looks like this year hasn’t started so well for Nexus 6 owners. There are two main reasons behind this statement. First off, Google announced that Nexus 6 will not receive any additional operating system update in the future and it will only be eligible to receive monthly security updates until 2017 ends. The second reason why Nexus 6 owners have not been having a good time is because March’s security bulletin has made their smartphone malfunction.
March Security Bulletin
Google keeps on rolling out a constant stream of Android security patches that have been specifically developed to get rid of security vulnerabilities. March’s security patch isn’t an exception to that rule and it fixes 60 security threats, including a major vulnerability. On the down side, the security patch caused Nexus 6 smartphones to malfunction.
After updating their smartphone’s security, Nexus 6 owners soon found out that Android Pay stopped functioning. What happened is that Nexus 6 was not able to pass the SafetyNet test. This is quite important since the test in cause is used to ensure that the designated smartphone is secure enough in order to perform mobile transactions. It looks like the SafetyNet test somehow saw March’s security bulletin as a threat.
Operating System Downgrade
Taking in consideration the importance of Android Pay, Google soon started receiving criticism from Nexus 6 owners. The Android parent wasn’t able to find a quick solution that could be rolled out OTA (over the air) and it was forced to roll out an operating system downgrade instead.
Google’s decision has caused controversy among the Nexus 6 community since most smartphone owners simply downloaded the downgrade without checking out the details and found themselves using Android 7.0 Nougat instead of Android 7.1. The main problem with this is that certain apps are not compatible with Android 7.0 Nougat anymore and Nexus 6 owners are forced to download all of their apps once again.
However, the Android parent assured Nexus 6 owners that their operating system is going to be brought back to Android 7.1 Nougat in due time. Google only needs a little more time before it’s able to patch this annoying software malfunction.