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Google’s Nexus 6 and 9 Will Continue to Receive Security Patches

Yesterday, we saw the first build of Android 7.1.2 be released to anxious beta testers and developers. But unfortunately, those who own a Nexus 6 or 9 won’t be getting the updated software… at all. This means that Android 7.1.1 Nougat will be the final official release from Google to arrive for the devices. But in a new statement obtained by Droid-Life, it looks like everyone’s 2014 Nexus devices will still be getting software updates, just in the form of security patches.

You may have noticed that today’s announcement for the Android 7.1.2 update didn’t mention the Nexus 6 or Nexus 9. Well, that’s because neither will see the update, even as it goes final in a couple of months, Google confirmed to us this afternoon.

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…keep in mind that both [devices] will still see security patches going forward for close to another year.

It’s likely that “close to another year” means the rest of 2017, so it looks like Nexus 6 and 9 users will remain securely up-to-date until 2018. Normally the case with dropping support for devices means less security and more vulnerabilities able to hack in, so it’s nice to see Google carry out support for their older Nexus products for a little while longer.


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Max Buondonno is a technology enthusiast who has been working as a journalist in this industry for more than a year. He has grown up in the age where everyone has a smartphone which has influenced his decision to become a professional technology writer, his passion in life. He's dipped his toes in the development of websites, while you can ask him anything about Apple, Google, or Microsoft and he's bond to give you an answer. He's reachable on Twitter, Facebook, Google+, LinkedIn, and email.

1 comment on “Google’s Nexus 6 and 9 Will Continue to Receive Security Patches

  1. Pingback: Google Now Rolling Out February Security Patch to Pixel and Nexus Devices – MBEDDED

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