Nexus 6 Community Lashes Back at Google

These past few months have not been so good to Nexus 6 owners. The reason we are saying this is because Google has officially stopped supporting Nexus 6 and to make things worse, it has even downgraded its operating system back to Android 7.0 Nougat. The Android parent was forced to roll out an OTA (over the air) downgrade because March’s security patch somehow affected Nexus 6’s Android Pay and cased it to malfunction.

Android Pay Malfunction

As everyone surely already, Google puts a high price on security and that’s why it keeps on rolling out monthly security bulletins. However, things do not always go as planned. March’s security patch has caused Nexus 6 to malfunction instead of enhancing its security. The biggest issue that March’s security patch has caused was that it automatically disabled Android Pay.

Safety Net Test

The reason why Android Pay is so highly important it’s because it allows users to use mobile banking and payments features. In order for a smartphone to be eligible to work with Android Pay, it first has to pass through the Safety Net test which has been purposely designed to determine if the designated smartphone is secure enough to perform online payments. It looks like the Safety Net test didn’t see Google’s update as a security enhancement but as a threat instead.

OS Downgrade

Knowing that Android Pay is an essential feature to every smartphone, Google quickly stared rolling out an operating system downgrade. This means that the Android parent doesn’t know how to fix this issue and that it needs extra time to work on it. However, the Nexus 6 owner community lashed back at Google since the Android parent didn’t announce that it’s downgrading the device’s operating system.

The Nexus 6 community was mad at Google is because many have downloaded the downgrade without reading additional details and had no idea in what they were getting into. When Nexus 6’s OS was downgraded to Android 7.0 Nougat, all of its apps stopped working since they were optimized to run on Android 7.1.1 Nougat. Let’s just hope that Google won’t take too much time until it fixes this issue.

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