Thursday, 16 March 2017

New update downgrades Nexus 6 to Android 7.0

Google's old Nexus devices are failing to keep up with the latest Android updates. Ever since, Nexus 6 received Android 7.1.1 update, the software experience has been bumpy so far for the device.  

Android 7.1.1 was rolled out to Pixel and select Nexus devices back in December last year, but was delayed for the Nexus 6 till January, due to software bug. However even after the update the device still encountered bugs. Some of the bugs were fixed in the most recent March 2017 security update, but it broke Android Pay on the device. 

And now, Nexus 6 devices running Android 7.1.1 is getting an over-the-air update that rolls back the OS to Android 7.0. The downgrade has caused more probelms, as some users are reporting that the update is causing a number of apps to crash upon completion.

A Nexus community manager has responded over at Reddit to explain what is happening, and he says that the move was made to guarantee future OTA updates.
"There was a recent OTA update for Android 7.0 that is causing confusion for some Nexus 6 users. For those of you that want to guarantee future OTA updates, you will need to get back on the 7.0 supported track. If you are experiencing issues after accepting the 7.0 update, please factory reset your device to help resolve any problems.

For any Nexus 6 users that want to continue flashing/sideloading future builds, you can stay on 7.1.1 and continue to do so."
It appears that Nexus 6 owners are in for a roller coaster software ride. Sadly, Nexus 6 won't be getting OS updates beyond Android 7.1.1, however, it will continue to receive latest security patch levels.


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