Nexus 6 is no Longer Able to Pass the SafetyNet Test
Nexus and Pixel smartphone owners that are enlisted in Google’s Android Beta Program can download Android 7.1.2 Nougat developer preview right now. While this news might be great, we know that a specific community isn’t that happy about Android 7.1.2 Nougat developer preview. Google announced that once the public version of this incremental operating system update will arrive, Nexus 6 and Nexus 9 will not receive it.
Google Leaves Nexus 6 and Nexus 9 Behind
Both smartphones have been launched back in 2014 and they are getting close their three year milestone and this is the reason why Google has stopped supporting them. Google always leaves behind Android powered devices once they reach the two year milestone.
On the bright side though, the Android parent announced that it’s going to keep on providing Nexus 6 and Nexus 9 owners with monthly security bulletins all throughout 2017. Regarding this matter, Nexus 6 has been having some problems with the latest March security patch.
March Security Patch Causes Problems for Nexus 6
Even though these monthly updates are developed especially to enhance Android’s overall security level, they often cause them to malfunction. Google’s Product Forum is filled with threads created by Nexus 6 owners who are complaining about the fact that Android Pay stopped working once they updated their device’s security.
Nexus 6 Doesn’t Pass the SafetyNet Test
What happens is that Nexus 6 is no longer able to pass the SafetyNet test. This test has been created by Google with one purpose in mind, to check if the designated device is secure enough in order to perform mobile banking and payments. It looks like SafetyNet doesn’t recognize March’s security patch as a security boost and it sees it as a threat instead.
Google Will Fix this Issue
Taking in consideration the fact that Google puts a high price on security and on its customer feedback, we can be sure that the Android parent will release an OTA (over the air) software fix during the upcoming future. Nexus 6 owners should keep their eyes peeled at their notifications panel because the update will arrive any time now.