Nexus 6: Painful Goodbye To Android, Google

Google will soon be showing the Nexus 6 the door once the Android Nougat updates are done. The following update slated for the device will be the v7.1.1, which is expected to reach the device on January 6.

After that, it’ll be wise for Nexus 6 users to give up on the Android 8.0 update from Google. At this point, even third-party developers are becoming uncertain.

Seeing that CyanogenMod is now dead, there is really no guarantee that Nexus 6 users will be able to acquire the v8.0 via LineageOS, which took over the company to rebuild the platform for unofficial ROMs in the future.

Some people will have to lower their expectations in terms of the arrival of Android 7.1.1, especially if they are linked to any one of the major US carriers. The January 6 launch date is merely for non-carrier models thus it will take a longer time to see the update if you’re registered with Verizon or T-Mobile.

Well, if you’re a Nexus 6 user, will you be bidding farewell to your beloved device once the updates cease to arrive?

27 thoughts on “Nexus 6: Painful Goodbye To Android, Google

  • Nope! Just loaded 7.1.1 on my phone, and I’m happy with it. In another year, I’ll start looking for a replacement.

  • I am not a power-user. I bought a reconditioned Nexus 6P a few months ago. I use Straight Talk. I found Google’s early/advanced OS service and signed up. As an end-user who would like to be more, my perspective on 7.1.1 is this: The only major differences I really noticed were the temporary loss of my fingerprint scanner (now restored), and what feels like significantly faster drain of my battery under normal use. Unless someone can point me to some neat-o, boffo, Cyanogen-type alternative, I’m seriously considering rolling back to Android 6.1 :-/

  • So much for lifetime loyalty … in both directions! If Google wants to shut me down and ignore perfectly good hardware that I just bought, two can play that game.

    Now, if Microsoft could just really get Windows onto a phone, maybe there might be competition someday.

    Naaaahhhhhh …

  • There simply isn’t s reason to support Google and Android going forward. Any alternative is better because:

    A) Most Google Apps are available on iOS first. Android gets them six months to a year later. Examples are : Gboard and the latest Gmail that is not available yet on Android
    B) Why drop eight hundred dollars on a phone that won’t be supported a few years later, maybe just two.
    C) Beside multitasking and VR, Android doesn’t offer much advantage over iOS. iOS devices are still supported even if they are five years old.

    Google should think hard about their policies, they may have the lead, though it can disappear as easy as Nokia, Blackberry and Palm lost it before hand.

    • Uh… The oldest iPhone still supported is the 5,which was released in SEPTEMBER of 2012.
      That’s four years and just over three months.
      Not even close enough to be fairly rounded up to five years.

      Gboard is just the officially branded google keyboard.
      It was the EXCEPTION, NOT THE RULE.

      Finally, if you think there’s no advantage for Android over iOS, you’re just speaking to your ignorance, not to reality.

      • The only reason Apple likes to update older phones with older Hardware is because it makes it almost impossible to run the new operating system on the older chipset specifications. At that point people get frustrated and simply trade in their old hardware for new hardware, or simply just buy new iPhones out right.

  • @ural,you’re cherry picking. There’s thousands and thousands of apps available on Android that aren’t on ios. Many apps that are free for Android cost several dollars or more on ios. On ios,the same app is 2 to 10 times larger than for Android. Additionally, apps are available much sooner on android play store than u iTunes. Go back and redo your numbers before presenting bogus info.

  • The Motorola Nexus 6 is by far my favorite out of every phone I have owned. I’m on my second one. I originally had a Midnight Blue 32GB model, now I have a Cloud White 64GB. Amazon had Brand New Nexus 6s for $250 a while back. It appeared that when Motorola discontinued the Nexus 6 that Amazon got most of their stock. I picked up a Cloud White 64GB and sold my Midnight Blue 32GB on Craigslist for what I paid for the new one. (Woot) I just did a full wipe and flashed 7.1.1 yesterday. The phone is better now than it was the day I took it out of the box. I will use it until it dies for good! Replacement batteries and rear covers are easy to come by, so I’m betting that will be a while!

  • Is it “planned obsolescence” or just software outgrows the hardware? Whatever the case I’m fine with keeping my N6 for another year. I live in Peru. An $800 phone can disappear real fast. Love the big phone so will have to look at other phones soon.

  • There is always someone working on roms, there is still 7.1.1 available for Nexus 4 through developers. I have a 6 and have it back to stock but usually do 3rd party roms.

  • I agree with Ural to a point. Android always feels like a beta compared to iOS. Google expects their partners to pick up the ball and finish it, but that just causes fragmentation. They’re not in the business to compete with iOS, they still get their ad money, therefore Android will never be better than iOS.

  • The battery cant be replaced on the N6, so no point in google keeping support for it. The battery is only good for 2-3 years.

  • Nexus 6 is the best,i bought it for £124 year ago in perfect condition, BBB it is great value for money,i never had any problems with it, always preferred smaller phones, as I have small palms, once I tried Nexus 6 all other phones feel too small now. I wish other manufacturers kept building bigger phones with at least QHD resolution. I am going to keep until I find a decent replacement.

  • Absolutely not. I got mine because my area gets Horrible reception.Verizon and ATT both were terrible. T Mobile totally disappeared. Tho they were happy to add another unauthorized 2 yr contract and the legal Dept told me my contact guaranteed service. But not necessarily at my house. So they told me to buy a flip phone for home use and when I was out n about I could use my shiny unauthorized 2 yr extended contract phone where I could pick them up. Tried several phones for couple years but service was too undependable.Finally a kid at Verizon told me the only phone that might work was a Nexus 6 by Motorola. Thus the Nexus which I love . Fast , friendly and works most places with the double antenna. I will use it till the mobile universe totally shuts me down. Don’t understand why Google would drop such an awesome phone. It sells for plenty 2 + yrs out. Not like they can’t stick turn a buck on them.

  • I have a Nexus 6P, but previously had owned multiple Samsung and Blackberry devices… The software quality and user friendliness of Samsung phones definitely stood out as superior to Google phones. While the 6P has been decent, it has frustrated me a number of times. Random reboots, a faulty microphone issue, weird alarm issues (don’t reboot your Nexus 6P while it’s in DND mode, I am warning you), and the fact that fixes don’t come out in a timely manner… I must honestly say I wish I had gone with the Samsung 7 or a Blackberry device, they have, in my experience, many less finicky and frustrating issues.

  • Since i bought my N6 back in 2014 i never went out to shop around for another smartphone.

    Love the nexus 6. I have no reason to let go of it even after 2 years.

  • Cold…dead…fingers.

    Best phone I have ever owned. As long as I can still find parts and the cell service takes it the 6 will be my goto.

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