Google officially released the final version of Android 7.1.1 Nougat to the Pixel phones and supported Nexus devices early this month. Well, not all supported Nexus devices got the update, Nexus 6 didn’t make to the party. Nexus 6 was late to the Android 7.0 party as well. That was surprising for the Nexus 6 owners and also there was lack of official word from Google about the reason for the delay. So there were speculations out there that the company has quietly dropped support for the phone released in 2014. The Nexus 6 is the oldest still-supported Nexus device that received the Android Nougat update.
Thankfully, that’s not the reason…and here’s is some good news for Nexus 6 owners. Google confirms that there was a delay and the Android 7.1.1 update is coming to Nexus 6 devices in early January. Here’s is the Google’s statement to Android Police:
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.
This could be the last OS update to the Nexus 6 devices as the Google has already confirmed that no guaranteed Android version update to the Nexus devices after a certain period. Read here for more details. But as of now the latest Android 7.1.1 version is coming to Nexus 6 which brings brings a handful of new features for consumers as well as optimizations and bug fixes.
The Android 7.1.1 update brings some handful of features and improvements, such as:
- Options to send GIFs directly from your keyboard on supported apps such as Google Allo, Google Messenger and Hangouts
- App shortcuts that can be launched directly from home screen, circular launcher icons
- Image keyboard support, now send images and other rich content directly to a text editor in an app
- Improved VR
- New professional Emoji, emoji that reflect the pivotal roles women play in the world, female welders and men getting haircuts for Nexus devices and more