No more Nougat 7.1.2 or 8.0 for Nexus 6 and Nexus 9.
Google recently pushed Nougat 7.1.2 beta for supported Pixel and Nexus devices. Unfortunately, two famous Nexus devices have been dragged out of the league this time. Quoting Android Developers Blog:
We’re expecting to launch the final release of the Android 7.1.2 in just a couple of months, Like the beta, it will be available for Pixel, Pixel XL, Nexus 5X, Nexus 6P, Nexus Player, and Pixel C devices.
Notice something? The Nexus 6 and Nexus 9 are missing. Previously, Google took even a longer time to release Nougat 7.1.1 for the Nexus 6, which indeed hinted that it was approaching towards its end. The Nexus 9 released alongside the 6, will have to face the same treatment. Both these devices have already crossed their support window and won’t be receiving any further updates than 7.1.1. Of course, we hate to see such worthy devices being left out, but that’s just their fate. Both of ‘em have been great devices and have always rewarded their users with the best Google experience.
Why was it important to do this?
Google believes in fluidity. It wants its device’s hardware to synchronise with the latest software. After all it has been a long time, a lot of things have changed, and maybe both the devices are not up for what’s coming. In much simpler word, the upcoming Android updates are definitely going to be a lot for the N6 and N9 to handle and especially features like seamless updates.
Well, it just might be the right time for Google to spare these devices off the hardships, before users started complaining about the loss in swiftness.
Future of Nexus 6 and Nexus 9
The destiny of the N6 and 9 now rests with monthly 7.1.1 security updates. Unofficially, we do expect the wonderful people at the XDA community to bring the latest updates through ports. This will not only require patience by the users, but immense hard work by the developers. We already see LineageOS supporting the Nexus 6, so we do might see 7.1.2 land on it with LOS 14.2, fingers crossed.
Have you owned one of these? How has been your overall experience? And are the custom ROMs giving you more than what you could have expected in stock? Do let us know through the comments.