March 10, 2016
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Nexus 6P January security update resized

Following the release of a surprise performance-enhancing update for the Nexus 5X, Google has now released a similar patch for the Nexus 6P.

Rolling out as an over the air update right now, the update brings the build number to MHC19I. As per Nexus community manager Orrin on Reddit, the change log for the update is very similar to the change log for build MHC19J that kicked off earlier for the Nexus 5X. Changes include:

  • General device performance
  • DND next alarm disappearing issue
  • Carrier-specific bug fixes
  • Connectivity improvements

Now the Nexus 6P was already very smooth for most users, but for some users lag occurred after a period of using the device, possibly due to RAM management issues. According to franco.Kernel developer Francisco Franco, the update rolling out today may further improve performance – and potentially squash lag-inducing bugs – through a number of tweaks, including the increase of the internal kernel tick rate of the kernel from 100 to 300 MHz.

Bottom line, if you experienced any performance problems with the Nexus 6P, there’s a chance this update will end your frustration.

Note that build MHC19I includes the March security update on the Nexus 6P.

The OTA update file for build MHC19I (from MMB29Q) is available here, and you can also flash the full image that you can download from here.

Of course, the bigger news of the day is the surprise release of Android N preview for modern Nexus devices (sorry, Nexus 5 users). We’ve rounded up all the main new features from Android N in our Diving into Android N series, so make sure to check that out for the scoop on Android 7.

Bogdan Petrovan
Bogdan is the European Managing Editor of Android Authority. He loves tech, travel, and fantasy. He wishes he had more time for two of those things. Bogdan's phone is a Nexus 6P.
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