Since the arrival of the Pixel and Pixel XL, the first-release advantage no longer applies to the Nexus lineup. In fact, when Android Nougat first came out, it reached some other non-Google devices before touching down for the older Nexus models.
Some have argued that the Nexus 6 has it worse than others when it comes to software updates. Google has just confirmed that Android 7.1.1 will arrive for the extra large phablet early next month though.
That’s not such a long wait, but for something branded ‘Nexus’ that isn’t too old many believe that it should be coming sooner. Whether or not you agree with that view, many Nexus users believe that that’s what they’re entitled to.
Last Of Its Kind
Those who say the Nexus 6 has been dealt a bad hand contend that the phone’s architecture should be blamed, saying that it’s more difficult for Google and other developers to get updates on the device due to its being run on a 32-bit processor while its peers have been made to operate on 64-bit systems.
Both the Nexus 5X and 6P have 64-bit processors, and so do the Pixel and Pixel XL. Even the Nexus 9 was born this way. Hence the Nexus 6 can be seen as the black sheep in the Google lineup that’s still officially supported.
At any rate, it’s hard to confirm that this is indeed the case for why the Nexus 6 takes longer for updates. The Nexus 4 and 5 before it are run on 32-bit, but they’re no longer in Google’s update plans, so no comparisons can be made.