The Motorola Google Nexus 6 and HTC Google Nexus 9 will not be updated to Android 7.1.2 Nougat. Google has already opened up the public beta version of this OS and anyone who is part of the Android Beta Program can be sure of getting the beta version in the coming days.
However, this only applies to those using the Google Pixel, Pixel XL, Nexus 6P, Nexus 5X and Nexus Player. Google has intentionally omitted the Nexus 6 and Nexus 9 thanks to the fact that the two are products of 2014. If anything, the two devices were lucky to have made it to the current Android 7.1.1 Nougat thanks to the fact that Google released Android 7.0 Nougat just before they celebrated their second anniversary.
Google released Android 7.0 Nougat on August 22, more than a month before the Nexus 6 and Nexus 9 reached their 2-year period – a period in which Google promises to continue supporting and constantly pushing software updates to its devices. The phone and tablet were announced in October 2014 and released the following month.
This will definitely be a little disappointing for those who are using the Google Nexus 6 and Nexus 9, but still, the fact that the search engine managed to update the devices to Android 7.1.1 Nougat ought to be appreciated. In addition, the tech giant will still take care of the devices through monthly Android security updates as well as continue keeping them under its security updates’ policy for some time.
As noted at the beginning, members of the Android Beta Program are now receiving the new Android 7.1.2 Nougat beta update. If you are not registered, you can sign up here. Once you are in, Google will send you the beta version of the OS and you can install it as usual. But be warned that this is an unfinished version of the OS and as such, it is not stable. In short, it is meant for testing purposes, so, be ready to give Google some feedback too. Also remember that you’ll need a Google Pixel phone, Nexus 6P, Nexus 5X or Nexus Player to get into this program.
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