Google had released the long awaited Android 7.1.1 Nougat update for the Nexus 6 smartphone in January this year. The Nexus 6 smartphone was deprived of the software update due to technical issues while the Pixel smartphones and other Nexus devices like Nexus 5X, Nexus 6P, Nexus 9 had already received it. Several Nexus 6 users are now reporting on Reddit that they are receiving an OTA update for Android 7.0 when the smartphone is actually running on Android 7.1.1.
The Android 7.1.1 update on the Nexus 6 itself brought with it some bugs which were fixed in the recent March security update, but led to temporarily breaking Android Pay. As reported by AndroidPolice, the Nexus 6 users on completion of the OTA update are unable to use some apps on their smartphones. This update is essentially causing every app on their Nexus 6 to crash. Google has issued a statement regarding this update and how to fix it.
Google’s statement reads, “There was a recent OTA update for Android 7.0 that is causing confusion for some Nexus 6 users. For those of you that want to guarantee future OTA updates, you will need to get back on the 7.0 supported track. If you are experiencing issues after accepting the 7.0 update, please factory reset your device to help resolve any problems. For any Nexus 6 users that want to continue flashing/sideloading future builds, you can stay on 7.1.1 and continue to do so.” ALSO READ: Google is ensuring OEMs keep Android Nougat’s notification features intact
For Nexus 6 users who have already downloaded the OTA update and are facing app crashes will have to factory reset their smartphones. This would bring back their OS to Android 7.0 Nougat. But for those who have not installed the update, can continue to stay on Android 7.1.1 Nougat and can flash a new ROM to their smartphones. ALSO READ: Android Nougat adoption picks up pace, now on 2.4% of devices: Android distribution for March 2017
It looks like Google has given up trying to fix the issues brought with the Android Nougat update on the Nexus 6. Google’s Nexus smartphones boasted of being the first to receive the latest Android OS updates and also to run the pure versions. The Nexus 6 smartphone however suffered since the roll out of Android Nougat as Google said that there would be a delay in receiving it. Google finally rolled out the Android 7.0 Nougat for Nexus 6 users in October, a month after it was officially released. With Google’s major focus being on its Pixel smartphones, the company seems to be sidetracking from its older projects. ALSO READ: Google Pixel 2 codenames leaked; reportedly called ‘Muskie’ and ‘Walleye’