Nexus 6 will get Android 7.1.1 update in early January

Just over three weeks ago, Google began rolling out Android 7.1.1 Nougat to supported devices. Google confirmed back then that the Nexus 6 will eventually receive the update, but wasn’t included in the list of devices being updated then. The Nexus 6 is the oldest still-supported Nexus device and users have been not-so-patiently awaiting Android 7.1.1.

Apparently the delay was due to a bug that seems to have appeared at the last minute, at least that’s what Google says.


Luckily, Google says that the update is still coming, and has issued a statement to Android Police that it will be in early January:

Unfortunately, we found a last minute bug that was specific to the Nexus 6, which has caused the delay of the 7.1.1 OTA rollout. We’ve since fixed the issue and will be rolling out an update in early January.

There’s no word on what kind of bug was causing the delay but the company added that issue has since been fixed, so the OTA update will commence very soon. It’s likely that the update isn’t being pushed out now due to the current holiday time period.

Android 7.1 includes several major new features (even for non-Pixel devices), and in case you can’t recall, or didn’t know, here’s a change log as posted by Android Police :

Pixel product-specific

  • Pixel Launcher – swipe up for all apps, new Search Box, date/weather header on home
  • Google Assistant
  • Unlimited original quality photo/video backup to Google Photos
  • Smart Storage – when storage is full, automatically removes old backed up photos/videos
  • Phone/Chat support (new support tab in settings), screen-share functionality
  • Quick switch adapter for wired setup from Android or iPhone
  • Pixel Camera:
    • Electronic Image Stabilization (“video stabilization”) 2.0
    • Pro Features
      • White Balance Presets
      • Exposure Compensation
      • AE/AF Locking
      • Viewfinder grid modes
    • HW-accelerated (on Qualcomm Hexagon coprocessor) HDR+ image processing
    • Smartburst
  • Sensor Hub processor with tightly integrated sensors (accel, gyro, mag) + connectivity (Wi-Fi, Cell, GPS)
  • Cosmetic
    • Solid navbar icons with home affordance for Assistant
    • SysUI accent color theming
    • Wallpaper picker with new wallpapers and sounds
    • New setup look and feel
    • Dynamic calendar date icon

Android Nougat 7.1

  • Night Light
  • Touch/display performance improvements
  • Moves (Fingerprint swipe down gesture – opt-in)
  • Seamless A/B system updates
  • Daydream VR mode
  • Developer features:
    • App shortcuts / shortcut manager APIs
    • Circular app icons support
    • Keyboard image insertion
    • Fingerprint sensor gesture to open/close notification shade
    • Manual storage manager Intent for apps
    • Improved VR thread scheduling
    • Enhanced wallpaper metadata
    • Multi-endpoint call support
    • Support for various MNO requirements
      • PCDMA voice privacy property
      • Source type support for Visual Voicemail
      • Carrier config options for managing video telephony
  • Manual storage manager – identifies apps and files and apps using storage

It could probably be safely assumed that the number of Nexus 6 units being used globally is not much, at least compared to some of the more successful Nexus devices but it’s certainly nice to see that Google still cares about this device. Most probably, Android 7.1.1 Nougat is the last significant update (aside from monthly security patches) that the Nexus 6 will be receiving since the device was first launched in November 2014.


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