Google has just released a surprise update for all the Nexus 6 users out there. That’s right, if you are still rocking a Google Nexus 6, the premium lineup before Pixel was a thing, then you can grab the Android 7.1.1 Nougat update for your device. The reason we are terming this as a surprise update is that the company had announced back in October 2017 that it will no longer issue any updates for the Nexus 6.
The updates that Google was rolling out to Nexus 6 back in 2017 were limited to Android security patch updates as the company had paused major system updates one year prior, in 2016. According to a report by Android Police, this update brings the Android Build number of N8I11F. It is still limited to Android 7.1.1 Nougat with October 2017 security patch but it seems like this update is aimed at Nexus 6 devices on T-Mobile. The report also points out that this new update is triggering update prompts on Nexus 6 devices that were stuck on Android 7.0 Nougat.
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The size of the update file varied from 344MB to 911MB and Google has also posted the relevant Nexus 6 Factory and OTA (Over The Air) images. Though users with Nexus 6 devices that are not on T-Mobile are also seeing the notification for the new update.
It is likely that this new update is fixing some carrier-related that was long unfixed. Google has not issued any official statement about this surprise update or if the company could be rolling out updates for other devices in the Nexus lineup.