Earlier today, Google released a beta build of Android 7.1.2 for its Pixel and Nexus 6P and Nexus 5X. Missing from the list were Google’s 2015 Nexus devices, the Nexus 6 and Nexus 9. The company has now confirmed that going forward, these two Nexus devices will only receive security updates and no Android updates.
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Nexus 6 and Nexus 9 Will No Longer Be Updated by Google; To Only Receive Security Patches Going Forward
Back in December of 2016, Google released Android 7.1.1 Nougat to a variety of different Nexus-branded devices, but the Nexus 6 wasn’t included in the first wave.
Earlier this month, Android 7.1.1 started making its way to more devices than the Google Pixel lineup.
At the tail-end of August, a few different Nexus-branded devices, including the Nexus 6P and the Nexus 5X, began receiving their over-the-air (OTA) update to Android 7.0 Nougat.
Last night, Google started rolling out the Android 7.0 Nougat update for all compatible Nexus devices. The company is yet to release the factory images of Nougat for its Nexus devices, so right now, the best way for you to get the update on your device is to sideload the OTA update manually.
With thousands (literally, if you include storage, finish and market variants) of smartphones running Android right now, picking a top 10 was never going to be easy. But we sorted through and went ahead anyway. By the way, absent from the top 10 are any of the multitude of Chinese designs (including Xiaomi) flooding the East and sub-continent – most simply never appear in Europe and the West in any quantity – and I don’t apologise for only picking smartphones here that I can personally vouch for in one way or another.
The Motorola-made Nexus 6 might be more than a year old at this point, but it is still a fine handset by all means, though its high price has been a deterrent for many. Well, Amazon has now discounted the Nexus 6 to a mere $250, which makes it a pretty sweet deal.
Samsung added a simple yet powerful feature to its smartphones this year: the home button can be double tapped to launch the camera from anywhere in the interface. Google implemented a similar feature in the power button on the Nexus 6P and Nexus 5X, and it has now brought the useful shortcut to existing Nexus devices with the Android 6.0.1 update.
With hundreds of smartphones running Android right now (at least), picking a top 10 was never going to be easy. But you won’t believe the devices that didn’t make the cut – the latest Nexus 5X, the HTC One (M9), to name but two. Also not here are announced devices that we haven’t played with yet – the extremely interesting Moto X Force, the LG V10 and the OnePlus X might otherwise all be contenders. Also absent from the top 10 are any of the multitude of Chinese designs (including Xiaomi) flooding the East and sub-continent – most simply never appear in Europe and the West in any quantity – and we don’t apologise for only picking smartphones that we can personally vouch for in one way or another.