Nexus 6 Specific Android O Build Spotted in Google’s Code

Even though Google has announced that the Motorola-made Nexus 6 will not be receiving anymore operating system updates in the future, a special Android O build for Nexus 6 has been spotted in Google’s code. The build we are talking about has been codenamed as “Shamu” and it’s being developed right now. However, Nexus 6 owners shouldn’t get too excited since they will more than likely never receive Android O.

Android O for Nexus 6

As previously mentioned, Nexus 6 has reached its end of its update life. This means that Google has decided to not roll out any important software updates to the smartphone anymore. However, the Android parent has guaranteed that Nexus 6 owners will still receive monthly security updates all throughout 2017.

We believe that the sole reason why Google is developing a special Android O build that’s compatible with Nexus 6 is to test out security bulletins. The new build will allow Google to test out its monthly security patches and make sure that they aren’t filled with bugs or glitches. We should also mention that Google might actually change its mind and roll out Android O to Nexus 6 but once again, this is highly unlikely.

After a close inspection, the Shamu code looks to be in a primary stage. This means that it features the basic elements but the smartphone’s hardware isn’t registered. For example, Nexus 6’s Adreno 420 graphics processing unit is nowhere to be found and neither its network hardware.

Nexus 6

As a memory refresh, Nexus 6 ships with a rather large 5.96 inch AMOLED panel that offers a high pixel resolution of 1440 x 2560 and a pixel density of 493 ppi. The screen to body ratio is 74.1 percent and the display has been coated in Corning Gorilla Glass 3.

In terms of hardware power, Nexus 6 impresses with its Qualcomm quad-core Snapdragon 805 chipset. The chipset has been clocked at 2.7GHz Krait 450 and it’s paired with an Adreno 420 graphics processing unit and 3GB of RAM. We should also mention that Nexus 6 is fueled by a big non-removable Li-Po 3,220 mAh battery.

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