One of the best things about using Google devices such as Nexus 5X, Nexus 6P or the newer Pixel or Pixel XL is that you get timely software updates.
In fact, this is the major reason many people prefer a Google Nexus 5X or Pixel to a Samsung or HTC phone for that matter. Today, it is only the Google devices that can enjoy the latest Android 7.1.2 Nougat, even though it is still in beta.
The OS was rolled out at the end of January and a few days ago, the second beta was made available to all compatible Google devices, which this time do not include the 2014 Nexus 6 and Nexus 9 tablet. While some people were still migrating to Android 7.1.2 Nougat beta 2, the search engine giant came in with another operating system for developers – Android O.
While you can easily make the switch from Android 7.1.2 Nougat 7.1.2 beta and jump to the new Android O developer version, there’s something strange going on here. Apparently, Android Soul reports that a Google Nexus 5X user who had already made the switch to the new Android O has just received an OTA notification asking them to download and install the latest Android 7.1.2 Nougat beta.
The update brings with software version NPG47I and it installs the second beta of v7.1.2 Nougat. Being a full operating system, the update is quite heavy at about 1.3GB. This is a strange happening from Google, prompting users to install an older operating system on their devices compared to what they currently have. But for Nexus 6 users, this isn’t anything strange as it recently happened where Android 7.1.1 Nougat users were being asked to download and install Android 7.0.
So, has Google found something wrong with Android O that it is pushing for a downgrade to Android 7.1.2 Nougat on Nexus 5X? We don’t really know right now. Whether other Google devices will also be affected we also don’t know, but we should do so really soon.
Have you experienced anything close to this on your Google Nexus 5X, Nexus 6P or Pixel and Pixel XL? Let us know in your comments below.