Google Nexus 6 and Nexus 9 are two devices that were released the same year – 2014. At the time, the two came preinstalled with the then new Android 5.0 Lollipop, but as you know, we now have three more versions of Android OS in Marshmallow, Nougat, and O.
Usually, Google releases major software updates to devices that are no more than two years old. However, the Google Nexus 6 and Nexus 9 tablets still managed to get the current Android Nougat OS, which was first released in August 2016.
In fact, it’s the early release of the OS that made the Google Nexus 6 and Nexus 9 eligible for the Nougat treat; otherwise, the two could still be locked on Android Marshmallow. At the beginning of this year, there were some delays as far as rolling out Android 7.1.1 Nougat to the Nexus 6 and Nexus 9 is concerned, leading to fears that the two might no longer be updated. But Google extended the gesture and updated the duo to this OS.
Well, it appears that this will be the end of the two devices with respect to receiving major OS updates. According to the search engine giant, there won’t be further updates for the Google Nexus 6 and Nexus 9 after the current version 7.1.1 of Nougat. At the moment, those using the Nexus 6P, Nexus 5X, Nexus Player, Pixel C, Pixel and Pixel XL are already enjoying the newest Android 7.1.2 Nougat on their devices, but this OS won’t be hitting the Nexus 6 and Nexus 9.
With this in mind, don’t even start thinking about the prospects of the two devices receiving an update to Android O, which is currently in beta. The new OS was released in March, but this initial version was targeting developers. At the moment, the public beta version is available for several Google Nexus and Pixel devices, but once again, there’s no room for Nexus 6 and Nexus 9.
In short, if you want to enjoy any of Android 7.1.2 Nougat or Android O, you’ll have to ditch your current Google Nexus 6 or Nexus 9 and get any of Nexus 6P, Nexus 5X or the newer Pixel and Pixel XL phones. In case you need a tablet, the Pixel C is the only option available at the moment.