Google Nexus 6 and Nexus 9 Discontinuation Confirmed by Android 7.1.2 Nougat
Google recently started pushing the final build of Android 7.1.2 Nougat and while this might be great news for everyone, Nexus 6 and Nexus 9 owners have a different opinion. The release of Android 7.1.2 Nougat marks the official discontinuation of Nexus 6 and Nexus 9. On the bright side, the aforementioned smartphones are still going to receive Google’s monthly security bulletins all throughout 2017.
Android 7.1.2 Nougat
The Android parent regards this update as being an incremental maintenance release because it brings a wide array of tweaks and bug fixes that enhance the overall user experience. Even though Android 7.1.2 Nougat doesn’t include any innovative features, it does bring fingerprint gestures support to Nexus 5X and Nexus 6P. The update is being rolled out OTA (over the air) and it can be downloaded by the following devices: Nexus 5X, Nexus 6P, Nexus Player, Pixel, Pixel XL and Pixel C.
Nexus 6 and Nexus 9 Discontinuation
Ever since Google launched its Pixel smartphone offering it started leaving behind older Nexus smartphones. Nexus 6 and Nexus 9 are the first ones to be left behind by Google and this news has upset the entire Nexus community.
We should mention that Google decided to provide Nexus 6 and Nexus 9 owners with Android 7.1.1 Nougat even though their smartphone life cycle ended. Many consider this as being Google’s way of saying goodbye. Nonetheless, Nexus 6 and Nexus 9 owners can always download custom ROMs and install all of Google’s latest operating system updates themselves.
April Security Patch
Google puts a high price on security and that’s why it launches monthly security patches. Even though Google does its best to keep security tight, some vulnerabilities still manage to pass through the cracks and this is why Google’s monthly updates are so important.
As previously mentioned, Google announced that Nexus 6 and Nexus 9 owners are still going to benefit from Google’s monthly updates. This means that both smartphones are slated to receive April’s security patch. We can’t know for sure when the update will drop but we can expect it to come during this week.