Owners of the venerable Motorola Nexus 6 had a bit of a scare when several reports surfaced regarding the Nexus device eligible for the Android 7.1.1 Nougat. Some sources have claimed that the device would be receiving no further updates.
But that’s not true, thankfully. Google’s own blog pointed out that the Nexus 6 – along with the Nexus 9, 5X, and 6P – will be seeded the latest iteration of Nougat.
However, it is worth keeping out feet to the ground as the stock Android phablet ticket is no longer valid past Nougat. Once Google is done with the incremental maintenance releases for version 7.0, the Nexus 6 would have to pack its bags.
That doesn’t mean that the Nexus 6 would be obsolete, given that it would still be guaranteed for monthly security updates straight from Mountain View for a considerable period after its software update expiration.
By considerable period, we mean until November 2017, which is about a year from now. Past that point, it’s anyone’s guess – Google could decide to keep the ball rolling for one if its most beloved devices, or it could try to shutter the Nexus project as quickly as possible and devote its resources to cultivating its Pixel devices.
At any rate, the new features that come with version 7.1.1 include double tap or lift to wake/check phone, besides action shortcuts via long-pressing app icons, as well as more new emoji and quicker access to GIFs on keyboard for apps like Allo, Messenger, and Hangouts.