Owners of the over two-year old Nexus 6 phone and Nexus 9 tablet have officially seen their last Android OS update. Google has confirmed that both devices will not be getting the upcoming update to Android 7.1.2 Nougat, which was released in a beta version earlier today for a number of other Google Nexus and Pixel-branded devices.

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September 6, 2016

Google sent that info over to Droid Life, and it’s not much of a surprise. Both products were released in November 2014, and Google’s own support page indicated that they were not guaranteed to get OS updates after October 2016. In fact, the company released Android 7.1.1 Nougat for the Nexus 9 in early December, followed by the Nexus 6 in early January, so it actually rolled out one more update than it originally was supposed to do for both devices.

If you are still using either one or both of these products, the good news is that Google will continue to offer security updates for the devices until at least October 2017. While you won’t be getting the latest and greatest Android version on the Nexus 6 or 9, both should continue to be secure to use for some time.

If you are an owners of the Nexus 6 or Nexus 9, how do you feel about Google putting an end to Android updates for your phone or tablet? Let us know your thoughts in the comments!

John Callaham
John was a newspaper reporter before becoming a technology and video/PC gaming writer in 2000. He lives in Greer, SC with his wife and five cats.
  • le_avion

    The policy should be 2 years since they stopped selling the phone and not when it first came out.

    • Dariendrdd

      Good point

    • Scr-U-gle

      It should be five years, but how are Page and Brin remain billionaires unless they force you to upgrade because their orphan policy is ridiculous.

      • 5 years would be great, but the bare acceptable minimum would be 3 years of OS updates since the last phone was sold + 2 years of security updates.

  • Marc Perrusquia

    Apple just completely decimates Android OEM’s in terms of updates. The nearly 5 year old iPhone 5 still gets updates directly from Apple. I’ve been buying 3-4 Android flagships a year sometimes more for the past 5 years now. I’ve intermittently gotten iPhones, but I’m just tired of dealing with crappy ports and poor support for Android flagships. Android flagships still have better hardware (not counting raw power) but the iPhone just seems like a better all around package now.

    • mark

      You buy 5 Android flagships a year, and updates stopping after two years makes apple an all round win? Yeah right. Go buy a feature phone then.

      Apple phones are on sale for years, they’re still trying to desperately get rid of iphone 5s, so it’s not a fair comparison to the long discontinued Nexus 6. But furthermore, apple lie and give to an update with the latest version number, that isn’t the latest OS that new devices get. And you still risk lag when upgrade.

      If there are poor ports from ios, it’s the fault of those ios developers. Get better software. An apple phone is only usable thanks to Google’s services on it anyway.

      • Marc Perrusquia

        Updates aren’t the reason I’m done with Android phones…. It’s the terrible software. Updates are something the average consumer does care about though. I love Android as an OS but all the terrible ports of apps have just sullied it for me. I understand it’s not the operating system’s fault but the apps still suck. I’m tired of having to spend hours fixing issues like Google play services ruining battery, or all the terrible ports. I’m probably going to return my Mate 9 and get a 7+.

        • At least Android phones actually GET updates, with Apple yeah your version number changes more but you never actually get new features unless you count a different version number in the settings app a feature. Also, every version of iOS nowadays has some SMS bug that completly screws over the device either requiring a full reboot or a full factory reset.

          • Scr-U-gle

            So does your non NFC phone get Apple Pay? (Sorry, I meant Android Pay, the copy of Apple Pay)

            And this ‘bug’ you so expertly describe, anything like the un-patched and unsupported drone phones that are rife with crippling insecurities?

          • “So does your non NFC phone get Apple Pay?”

            So, does your iPhone 5s get Google Wallet?

            “(Sorry, I meant Android Pay, the copy of Apple Pay)”

            Sorry, I meant Apple Pay, the copy of Google Wallet.

            “If it got an update at all?”

            All of my Android devices are running 7.1.1 with Jan05 patches.

            “And this ‘bug’ you so expertly describe, anything like the un-patched and unsupported drone phones that are rife with crippling insecurities?”

            Unlike iPhail devices, these can generally be patched with third party tools. With iOS even jailbroken devices are incapable of receiving backported patches. Also, how is that iOS still unpatched SMS bug going along? I can wreck your overpriced iPhail garbage with Tasker and a throwaway VoIP number.
            youtube,com/watch?v=hB4fL8NgaUg&t=497s

          • john

            Thank you. I was going to t at least remind him that Google Wallet was out way before Apple Pay. I’d been paying and using NFC since my Nexus 4 days!

          • Oh yeah, I remember the days of the secure element that had a chance of being nuked if you unlocked your bootloader. Those were the times.

          • Scr-U-gle

            …and as soon as Apple Pay came out, google wallet was killed and Apple Pay was duplicated by A drone pay.

            But you keep believing the bullshit, Google are so original that no one here as been able to come up with one original thing from them, in FIVE YEARS!

          • john

            You’re just crying because you know Android was first to bat with NFC payments. Google wallet is still an app. They added the separate pay app. Apple has never originated anything. They just improve shit. Even Mac OS was ripped from Xerox Corp. Stop trolling Android sites looking for arguments.

          • Scr-U-gle

            Your right, Google were first to get NFC wrong, and copy Apple Pay within a few days.

            Still waiting for one original thing from Google, even their maps are just TomTom maps.

            Have you ever heard of the desktop computer, I suggest you look at Apple, heard of handhelds computing? Go look at the Newton.

            Want to see the creation of the Worldwide Web, I suggest you look up Next computing, which is the basis of…
            Mac OS

            If all you have to say is bullshit and nonsense shut up and keep sucking googles dick

          • john

            Let’s talk about bullshit:

            Psion was the first PDA, not Newton. And the Newton was a failure that’s why Palm dominated the market. Years later the iPhone copies Palm and gives us the iPhone.

            Steve Jobs was Next, Steve Jobs was Apple. Apple was not Next. Yes osx was based on code from the Next stuff but that’s BSD UNIX. That was Jobs trying to fix what apple had done to his masterpiece. Mac OS9 was a mess, BSD UNIX via Jobs fixed that with osX. Then we have that mess. BSD, UNIX, Linux, open source stuff that Apple, Google, and lots of others use as their basis.

            Maps? You’re going to argue maps? Tom Tom was a joke. Even worse, the dick you choose to suck on, Apple’s. Their maps are an abysmal failure.

          • Scr-U-gle

            Failed in your first sentence.

            If you know so little that you don’t even know the difference between Google wallet and Apple Pay then really you should just shut up and finish your homework before bedtime.

          • john

            WTF are you talking about? Scrugle, you need to grow the fuck up and learn your history. The only failures I see here are your iphanboy posts mocking people with a complete lack of intelligence and objectivity. You talk out your ass loud and angry hoping to embarrass people into giving you the last word. Only thing is you’re embarrassing yourself. You can either STFU or reply with another witless comment. I’m done.

          • glimmerman76

            actually SAMSUNG has done payments better than Apple or Google so get over it. Samsung pay with MST blows both NFC solutions out of the damn water.

          • Scr-U-gle

            That’s why no one uses it, so good another failed Samboom product, keep drinking the Milk!

          • glimmerman76

            you might want to check the adoption and usage rates….. MST is a big deal and something that apple will never have unless they licence it from Samsung.

          • Scr-U-gle

            I have, no where near that of Apple Pay, it’s even behind Androne Pay in usage.

          • glimmerman76

            might want to check the number released yesterday… Also apple does not release theres…. In korea alone samsung has beat apple 50 to 1 but then again android has better worldwide penetration than apple.

          • Scr-U-gle

            Samboom do not release actual sales figures, so they can pretend to sell loads of phones when they are really selling all the shipped devices they claim to have sold for years.

            Considering the vast majority of Samboom phones out there are not compatible with Samboom pay, a copy of Apple Pay.

            Guess what, in every country Apple Pay is the defacto payment system, from three year old Apple watches that are still being updated, to iPhones that are still receiving updates.

            Even in Korea, I straw polled very journey, twice as many iPhones as all other phones including drone.

            Looks like no one wants a Samboom phone, even the Koreans.

            https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/40111bba8d8986258ee6d809fc8735adfa2faa8599991a741985e045888b794e.png

          • Scr-U-gle

            Why bother, Samboom and google have spent the last eight years copying everything Apple has done, maybe Apple should just ‘do a samboom’, create a document on how to copy everything about it, then say they didn’t copy it, just let me Samboom

          • I bet when apple finally “invents” wireless charging your retarded a*s will be here defending it and denying reality like you are now.

          • Scr-U-gle

            😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂

            Android, update, you are fucking joking!

            I suggest you get out of your walled garden and try Bing search, you might get a fact right.

        • Celso Rodrigues

          “all the terrible ports of apps”

          Can you give me a concrete example?

          I’ve been an iOS user for a few months now, and while I definitely notice design differences (Android apps tend to use Material Design), I don’t notice significant differences in functionality.

          • Marc Perrusquia

            Every major news app for one (CNN BBC NBC) all of them are terrible ports of the iOS versions. Snapchat’s terribly unoptimized even though Android flagships have superior cameras to the iPhone Snapchat looks like crap because of the terrible image processing they have on Android. Play services is a giant power hog and all of Google’s apps on iOS are less power hungry and sometimes even have more features than the Android versions. I don’t play games on my phone but I’ve heard games are a night and day difference in terms of optimization on iOS vs Android. I hate how defensive you guys get over objective truths. I love Android too, I think it’s the better operating system and I like having tons of flagships to choose from. But the ecosystem is just a lot better on iOS right now.

          • Celso Rodrigues

            “I hate how defensive you guys get over objective truths”

            You did read the part where I said I’m using iOS right now, right?

            Anyway, I tried the apps you mentioned on both my iPhone 7+ and my Galaxy S6, just to see the difference. Here’s what I found:

            CNN App:
            Has Material Design on Android. Is able to Chromecast on Android. Has a landscape view on iOS, which i like a lot. From what I can tell, in terms of features they’re pretty much even.

            BBC News:
            Has Material Design and landscape view on on Android. Again, from what I can tell, in terms of features they’re pretty much even. As a side note this app actually crashed on iOS while I was testing it.

            NBC News:
            Has Material Design on Android. Is able to Chromecast on Android.Better subtitle support on iOS.

            These 3 apps pretty confirmed the idea I had before: You may not like Material Design, but the apps are certainly not “ugly” on Android, or simple “ports”, and they have very similar features to their iOS counterparts.

            On Snapchat you do have a point. While the interface and features are pretty much the same on both systems (on the latest version), the video quality is not. I shot 10 second clips on both phones and on my iPhone 7+ I got a 720p video with 30 fps, while on GS6 I got a video with slightly less resolution (1088 x 612) and 25 fps.

            As for battery consumption, the most battery-killng app on my iPhone right now is Chrome, followed closely by Gmail and Google Photos, so I wouldn’t call Google’s apps on iOS “battery friendly”.

            On the games department, I’ll have to try a few side-by-side to draw any conclusions, but the GS6 is almost 2 years old by this point,so I don’t expect any miracles…

          • Marc Perrusquia

            I did miss the part where you said you were currently using iOS. But with the news apps they have updated to material design but they’re still giant battery hogs compared to the iOS versions. With Google apps and services they drain battery on both platforms, but seem to drain less on iOS. On my Mate 9, and a few other of my phones including the S7 Edge chrome and Google play services are the biggest battery drain, rivaling the screen. I’m not currently using iOS my last experience with it was with the 6s plus for a few months after launch so maybe it’s a bit of the grass is always greener, but I’m just getting fed up with lackluster developer support, and half assed Android versions of apps. I used to love spending hours rooting, trying out different Roms, and just installing whatever new tweaks are on XDA. But as I’ve gotten older I do kind of want something that “just works”. I still prefer Android as an OS, and if Google makes an actual large screen for the Pixel XL 2 I’ll probably jump back.

      • Scr-U-gle

        How desperate are you?

        Now you are trying to persuade people that being lucky if you get an update at all is better than getting a full five years of support!

        I use no Scr-U-gle services at all, but then again, I can afford my privacy.

    • Modman

      its a better all around package if you like being in a walled garden.

      • LaFave07

        That walled garden talk is bs. You can use Google Apps on iPhone and every major app on Android is on iPhone.

        • Oh please, iOS just now got the ability to have third party keyboards. Last time I checked I still cant go to the app store an download a new launcher, or SMS app.

          • LaFave07

            The stock messaging app is superb thankfully.

            I couldn’t care less about the launcher and if I did I could always jailbreak.

          • You can’t even replace the launcher if you are jailbroken. You are still stuck with springboard.

          • LaFave07

            Who gives a $#it as long as you can change gestures, icons, the dock and fonts.

          • Scr-U-gle

            How’s the, as the ‘Head of a drone messaging’ said “our SMS app is embarrassing” SMS app in drone

          • Scr-U-gle

            Just to put you straight because you talk so much shit:

            Swift keys wanted their app on the Apple App Store, but Apple said no, so they went to drone, where it was crap, until the iOS version launched.

            Head of messaging at google:
            “Yes, drone messaging is crap’.

            CEO of Google: ‘we have the best security.’
            Security experts response:
            They laugh in the Google CEOs face.

          • Lmao, you want to talk security, as per CVEdetails, iOS has more vulnerabilities than Android, by about 200:

            www,cvedetails,com/vulnerability-list/vendor_id-49/product_id-15556/Apple-Iphone-Os.html

            www,cvedetails,com/product/19997/Google-Android.html?vendor_id=1224

            You iSheep are always clamoring over jailbreaks, well what do ya think a jailbreak IS?

          • Scr-U-gle

            Who got laughed in there face when mentioning security?

            No one at Apple, just at Scr-U-gle.

            Seems like drone software is still a joke.

          • Idiots say dumbsh*t and get laughed at all the time, what is your point? The empirical evidence debunks your point, and crApple’s most recent public release has been jailbroken, and again a jailbreak is a security exploit.

          • Scr-U-gle

            Since when? You think some inkniwn website that agrees with you is definitive?

            You obviously have a limited education if you think some pocky no mark makes a ridiculous statement imperical.

            Considering you have to ‘jailbreak’ drone because Google are incabale of updating anything over 18 months old months old.

          • Lmao, I guess you’re more used to Alternative Facts.

          • Scr-U-gle

            Now you think one single winlkebag website if imperical?

            I suggest you go get yourself a 12 years education.

          • Scr-U-gle

            The facts stand, drone is joke to anyone who understands security, laughable, fact.

            One website that no one has heard of agrees with you, who is using ‘alternative facts’?

      • Marc Perrusquia

        Normally I’d agree, but the Android development scene has been drastically hurt by safetynet. I can’t have root and Android Pay, you can be jailbroken and have Apple pay. Jailbreaking provides 99% of the functionality of having root now. On top of that you get optimized apps. I still prefer Android as an OS but dev support has dropped off and ports are just garbage.

        • That is actually a complete and utter fail on Apple’s part. All it takes is one malicious jailbreak tweak to steal your bank details and bam, you’re f*cked.

          • Marc Perrusquia

            Maybe know what you’re installing? I like that I can do what I want with my phone and still be able to use tap to pay. On all my phones with root I just don’t have Android Pay.

          • I laugh at SafetyNet. I do hope the cat and mouse game continues though because in a few months it won’t matter as Android Wear will gain Android Pay support and presumably as long as your watch is not rooted you will be able to use it even with a rooted phone.

            https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/00cab83a647ef3eb2b9d5d8c18318da28599c531d859f11042d64ee2a157a6cc.png

          • Scr-U-gle

            Wow, how many years after Apple Watch has dominated payment, but also watch sales.

            Boy, your drone devices are so far behind, did your moto 360 get Androne Pay with its last update? Oh that’s right, it didn’t get updated and never will.

            More orphaned hardware. I wonder if those 1year old watches that will never be updated are secure!😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂

          • Lmao, did your iPhail 5s get Google Wal- I mean crApple Pay yet?

          • Scr-U-gle

            Does your Nixus get google assistant?

            Considering less than 0.5% worldwide have any version of nought, did any drone phone get any thing from nought? NO!

      • Scr-U-gle

        Are you still moaning about Scr-U-gels walled garden search that they are being prosecuted for?

      • Scr-U-gle

        Android is no where near a. Enter package, it has a false flag open is that is walled in reality, but it is still googles walled garden, your just too blind to see it.

    • Ricardo Gonzalez

      I agree, I’m not an Apple fan but it is crazy how Apple can update phones that are 4,5 years old but Google stops at 2!

      • Marc Perrusquia

        It’s just ridiculous. I think Apple offers better support in general, but I still prefer Android flagships. The quality of Apple’s ecosystem is just more polished though.

  • john

    A big f you to google. 2yrs is lame and you know it. Apple has you beat. I’m proud to jump to what ever ROM maker gets me the most out of your best Nexus phone ever. Hard ware has stagnated since the N6. It’s better, but time has past so be should be. No front stereo speakers, no 6″ screen. You should support the hell out of this device as a roll model for how a phone should stand up after 2 whole years! OMG it’s friggin ancient!

    • mark

      They don’t though, they lie and give you the latest version number, but not the latest OS that new models get.

      And your phone works just the same.

      • tiger

        Damn, you’re stupid. For example, iOS 10 on iPHone 5s lacks only raise to speak…it has all features otherwise.

        • Scr-U-gle

          Mark is pretending to be a developer today, so he really is desperately trying to make up as much shit as possible, apparently not updating the software is better now.

      • Santana

        The mindset of the average android user is the reason why Google get’s away with this robbery. Why in god’s name are you selling android flagship devices at the same price as you direct competitor yet failing to give the same support? $700+ for a phone isn’t cheap and in some countries it’s thousands so Google should support phones for longer. The snapdragon 835 is only a 25% bump in performance which is the smallest upgrade to this date, processors aren’t getting much better the 800 can run 7.1.1 without any hiccups. It’s time android users started to raise up against this crap update policy that these cooperation’s are using to drain us of our cash and demand better treatment.

        • Scr-U-gle

          No, if you buy a

      • Scr-U-gle

        Oh dear, looks like as soon as you say anything, android authority publishes an article that makes you a twat:
        ‘However, there are still a number of features that will remain exclusive to the Galaxy S7 series. Among them are motion panorama feature — wide self-portrait with motion — as well as a few camera modes including Food, Selfie flash, and Hyperlapse. Other features that won’t make their way to the Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge are Video Enhancer, which improves the overall quality of videos, Performance mode, and the Always On Display.’

    • Protoss

      Frankly the Nexus 6 sucked hard : very average battery, shitty Amoled screen compared to other Amoled panels, shitty camera, poor gaming performance with the overheating 805… You cant really say that was the best Nexus device ever

      • john

        The reason I say it is because it broke ground AND maintained awesome tech. Stereo front speakers, a TRUE XL with it’s 6″ screen and wireless charging. The camera was OK it’s fine now with 7.1.1. Since this phone they split to the two phone format and NONE of the large phones matched the size and the 6p’s speakers were not as good. As of the 6p and 5x no wireless charging. Meanwhile Samsung introduces fast wireless charging. Google has not innovated since the N6 imho. They’ve turned into a weak Apple wannabe/ money whore.

        • Scr-U-gle

          Serge Brin: ‘I wish we were Steve Jobs

          Larry Page: ‘I wish we were Steve Jobs’.

          If you bothered to look, both Page and Brin have spent most of their life’s stating they wish they were Steve Jobs and Apple.

          I am getting a little bored that you are bitchin about googles orphan/forced upgrade policy.

          If you don’t like it, stop buying iphonies and buy the original.

  • Aww come on, why stop it 7.1.X? They should have at least waited till we got to 7.2 or something…. 7.1.2 just looks like an incremental change after all…

    • Dariendrdd

      Agreed.

  • Dariendrdd

    a few seconds ago
    I have a Nexus 6 and will never buy any “flagship” phone again . Two year upgrade paths are ridiculous.

    Everyone else may have been upgraded to Nougat, but I haven’t been offered it OTA

    • greatestNothing

      enroll in the beta, you’ll get the latest factory update within a few minutes.

      • Dariendrdd

        Tried that and signed up. Nothing. Others have told me to flash it, but I don’t want to do that I will use it until it dies a natural death .

        • Modman

          It really isnt that hard to download wigs rootkit and wipe and flash the latest image
          A Google search for wugs rootkit explains it all

          • Dariendrdd

            Thanks.

          • Dariendrdd

            Checked it out. Cool.

          • Dariendrdd

            Modman, will Wugs rootkit bring me to 7.1.1? I am willing to try it and appreciate you pointing me in that direction.

    • Dan Owen

      Neither have I , on TMO and no 7.0 update yet…a 600.00 phone for only 2 yrs. What a lode of crap.

      • Dariendrdd

        We can’t be the only ones. I agree with you— what a waste of time. Android will *always* be fragmented, if they continue this .

    • Cory Booker

      Sign up for the beta program.

    • john

      Don’t sign up for beta. It’s over for N6 any way. Side load the latest as per google’s site. The sideload process is super simple and is just like OTA. No reset required, no unlock bootloader, no root. It took me 15 minutes. Just do it. 7.1.1 will NOT be offered ota.

    • Scr-U-gle

      Aw, poor Google billionaires can’t update their products, so what are you paying for when you buy a drone phone?

  • greatestNothing

    Nexus 9 checking in, it’s fucking slow as all hell on the latest beta/stock. Heats up horribly. I’m about to factory reset and limit app installs to only necessary.

    • le_avion

      The Nexus 9 was a complete failure. Google should be ashamed for having come out with it.

      • greatestNothing

        Na, it’s a good tablet man. Before the latest updates it was always pretty snappy.

        • le_avion

          I had horrible experience with it. It heated up very quickly and then it would slow down. It was right from the beginning when it just came out. Also the build quality was kind of iffy at best.

    • john

      The 7.0 was shit. My n6 sucked on it with the beta and final release. Since the 7.1.1 side load (do it btw) it’s been fine again. Better than ever.

  • Gisselle C

    will one plus 2 get this update?

  • Garythefireman

    Still patiently waiting for the OTA from T-Mobile. Was in the beta, so I’m on 7.0, but would like the latest version possible. Might need to write to John Legere

    • pmdr

      Just got a used N6 and added it to my T-Mobile account. It was simple to do all the updates right from the Google ROM page. If it was me, I would just do that and not wait for the OTA.

  • Techn9cian46

    People keep talking about about Apple devices getting years worth of updates but fail to notice how bad 4 year old devices run the latest version… My cousin’s iPad 2 runs terrible on iOS 9, my friend’s iPhone 5 run iOS 10 like crap, and so on… 2 years is enough and 3 would be great but 4 is just over doing it

    • tiger

      IPhone 5s runs just fine on latest iOS. Remember, all of iOS is now optimized to ARMv8 architecture…thus, ARMv8 chips are optimized for it…and that started with iPhone 5s.

      Your “analogy” is full of ignorance. Just saying.

      • No, they are not and iOS devices always run like complete garbage after 1-2 updates. Meanwhile my 4 year old Nexus 4 can run 7.1.1 just fine.

        • Roasted Wookie

          Sorry mate, but the 5S runs perfect on the latest IOS, and it’s how many years old?

          • Lmao, sure buddy, sure.

            www,google,com/search?q=iphone+5s+sluggish+after+ios+10

          • tiger

            Hey Stupid…you can google anything and find whiners! How about this…ask a 5s owner to run benchmarks on iOS 10 and you will see that it still flies after 3+ years. Or try to run games on it…such as Asphalt 8 or Modern Combat. 5s runs these games with minimal or zero frame drops. Or just run any demanding apps. 5s with its A7 processor was far ahead of its time.

            I can google and find crap on your POS N4 too. Just looking on XDA, there are MANY issues with N4 and Nougat!!! Stop lying dumbass!

          • Lmao, that is why you provided a citation isn’t it?

      • Techn9cian46

        Point taken

    • DINGO

      Wow! I too have an up to date iPad 2, and yeah it runs horribly. I mean, it was a great tablet when I bought it, it was still a good tablet at iOS 7. When I updated to iOS 9, it became unusable for web browsing. Every time you try to load up a page it would crash the Safari app. I just wish I could downgrade it, I’d rather have usable tablet with security exploits than an unusable coaster. I’m not sure if later apple products fare better, but this soured my experience with Apple…

      Then again, I had to get a custom rom just to get off Android Marshmellow and a year old security patch, so…

  • Amy Cannon

    My husband has had the 6 for less than a year. Still waiting for the 7.1.1 update. We use it on Project Fi, and certainly can’t afford to get the Pixel. They definitely need to continue to support it.

    • john

      Have him sideload the 7.1.1 update. It’s EASY and doesn’t reset the phone its just like OTA only OTW (over the wire). My n6 has never performed better. I like to do a factory reset once a year just to maintain that crispy feel.

      • Amy Cannon

        I’ll look in to that. Thanks!

      • Dariendrdd

        John, I do Google searches on sideloading for Nexus 6 and all I get are links (including Google) that it isn’t available for the Nexus 6. Do you have a specific resource you can recommend?

        Thanks.

      • rplantz

        My Nexus 6, which I bought through Amazon (from Google) in Jan. 2016, is still stuck at 6.0.1. I’ve thought about sideloading, but one person on the Project Fi forums said that wiped out his speakerphone function. I like Project Fi a lot, but this upgrade policy (lack thereof) coming from Google will cause me to look more carefully at Apple products for my next phone. Most of my friends have iPhones, and they never complain about these things.

    • Scr-U-gle

      I suggest next time you have a quick look at Scr-U-gles T&Cs, they clearly state ‘up to 24 months of software support’.

      Just last year it was only 18 months, so think yourself lucky!

      To be clear, that is ‘up to’, not actually 24 months.

      Apple support theirs for five years after launch.

      So my iPhone 4 was replaced by an iPhone 6, my wife went 4s to 7.

      My 6 had an issue after two years, Apple Store replaced it in ten minutes.

  • Modman

    Two words wugs and rootkit.

    do a google search on it.

    • tiger

      But why must you jump thru hoops on a two year old (or less) phone?

      Android pay still works?

  • Matthew Randell

    Considering my Nexus 4 can handle 7.1.1… This should not be happening.

    • john

      That is awesome. I’ve been meaning to get out my old N4 and flash something to it. What are you using?

  • Tony C

    So I’m going to be stuck on 6.0 until the end of my contract for another year? That sucks! So much for Nexus phones being the first to get all the updates! What a joke!

  • wouter okkerse

    Mine was broken July last year got my money back so no problems

  • Mohammad Mahmoud

    Shame on Google. That’s why a lot prefer iOS over Android. I won’t dump my hard-earned money to buy new and expensive products every two years.

  • pmdr

    The Nexus 6 was still being sold NEW until December 2015, barely over a year ago. So for people like me who got one during that time, well WE got support for only just over a year. Sucks to be us.

    I’m actually on my second Nexus 6 right now. Sold the first one and ended up missing it so much, I bought a used one to replace it. This second one actually works better than the first one. Such a solid performer, I can’t imagine going to another phone at this time.

  • Žydrūnas

    If they decided to bring Nougat to those devices then they should have kept doing this till the latest version of it. Just bringing latest main version of Android and not caring about optimizing with small updates shall not be a correct behaviour.

  • charles braswell

    I have the Nexus 9 ,still runs good with 7.1.But everything is not available like dose that helps your battery. I agree Google is forcing me to upgrade my tablet.So why should I get another By Google.

  • ALLThat YouCANDo!!!

    noooo the phone runs pretty fast till date and iphones do also get updates for 4-5 years why google I will install lineage

  • Rayyan AK

    7.2.1 !!! I didnt even get 7.1.1 the last security patch I got was of oct. I didn’t do any bootloader unlock or root thing . why google? why? why do you think I bought nexus!? not because its a good phone but because it is kept updated. f***

    • dubs

      It WAS kept updated, very well. For 2 years. They released with 5.0 Lollipop and have made it all the way to 7.1.1 Nougat. And they announced October 2016 was the end of updates for the N6 and N9, yet they still pushed 7.1.1 to them after their own deadline. Some other devices never even see one single update (lookin at you, Sammy).

      If you haven’t gotten the 7.1.1 update on your N6 or N9, then there’s something wrong with your device. All should have received the OTA update by now.

  • Jason Wilson

    Nexus owners are very loyal and tend to hang on to our phones far longer than most. I was lucky enough to get a 6P that has worked flawlessly with none of the bugs I’ve read about. If it continues bug free I’ll have this phone another 2-3 years.

    Google’s 2 year support promise is outdated. It is known that people hold onto their phones now for much longer than we used to.

    Plus it’s in Google’s interest to keep us in mind and not make us feel like we’ve been forgotten. Because if Google does right by all of us Nexus owners than naturally we are going to look at the Pixel line as our eventual next device.

    • Dariendrdd

      Good points. Agreed. At this rate, the Pixel line will be obsolete in about 2 years.

      • Scr-U-gle

        The Putzel is already obsolete in less than two year.

        As Google clearly state in their t&cs.

        Google have this in writing, they will sell anything they know about you and they refuse to update any hardware up to 24 months after release.

        That is ‘upto’, not a promise of 24 months, just up to.

        • glimmerman76

          and your apple devices did not get all the new bells and whistles with each software update. The older the iphone the worse the new software ran and they did cut stuff out. I dont keep phones long enough to worry about EOL dates. All tho my kid is using a HTC m7 and it works just like it did back in the day.

  • Scr-U-gle

    Without looking, I am guessing these phones are around 24 months post release.

    Why even bother publishing theee articles, it’s not like every Morris doesn’t know that Google mandate no updates after 24months, right?!?

  • Scr-U-gle

    Two year numb nuts, as stated in Scr-U-gles t&cs.

    You don’t half make some shit up.

  • Michelle Mitchell

    My N9 was sitting in a drawer unused because the performance was so buggy. Then I heard that 7.0 had revived the Np for some people. Charged it up, updated, and it was like a whole new tablet. Now I use it daily.

    Since I had already written it off as a loss, I’m fine with supporting ending now that they have brought it back to life.

  • Scr-U-gle

    Less than finished talking out if your arse yet?

    Less than 0.5% have drone 7.0, 7.01, and 7.1.1

    The joke that is drone continues as the billionaire bend you over again.

    Try a Bing search (Scr-U-gles walled garden search hides the real results (as per the court cases Scr-U-ge are desperately defending across the globe:

    Stage fright still not patched on the vast majority of phone.

    SMS vunrability android

    Another virus in android

    CEO of Google gets laughed in in his face when trying to make false security claims

  • Scr-U-gle

    Ah, the little drone is pulling up dodgy websites😩

    I suggest you go to any search engine, well except googles walled garden, and type in two words:
    ‘Android vulnerabilities’

    Just to check a fact, less than 0.5% of drone hardware even runs any version of nought!

    So that means that less than 99.5% have a secured system, and we already know that real security experts laugh in the face of Googles CEO when he tries to say the same bullshit as you are saying!

    • Lmao, “real security experts” would not touch iSh*t with a 20 foot pole because iFailOS is closed source which makes it infinantly less secure. If you need proof of this look at windows compared to Linux, crApple CrapOS pretty much counts under Linux/UNIX because it’s open source, as apple “invented” the BSD kernel, BASH, and pretty much most of the OS, meaning they are bound by those licenses to publish the source.

      • Scr-U-gle

        That’s quite funny, because I am friends with the five of the biggest banks globally it directors, guess what, all use iPhones.

        Only the bottom feeders whose only real job is to tell some to turn it off and on buy drone, but you plebs know nothing.

      • Scr-U-gle

        Apple clients:
        Google,
        Delta airlines,
        British Airways,
        IBM…
        …(add every Fortune 5000 company).

        Googles clients:
        Sanjits cash and carry.
        Somali community centre
        The local car wash.
        The hobo who cleans your windscreen at the traffic lights.

  • john

    Thanks man. I may have some fun this wknd!

  • Ricardo Gonzalez

    still waiting for my 7.1 update on my Nexus 6!

  • There are no guarantees in life. esp with android and nexus. After oct 2017 security patches end I guess ill go with 3rd party ROM’s on Android 8. As long as I can get Android Pay and google Fi I’m good. (I have 2 N6’s) The good thing with N6 is there is a huge user base that likes to tinker with it and I think drivers are more open on nexus than in Samsung world. Rooting Samsungs is harder and harder due to proprietary drivers not open to users.