Nexus 6 finally receives Android 7.0 Nougat OTA, factory images also posted

Ah, our (somewhat) beloved Shamu — the Nexus 6. Seemingly forgotten with the launch of Nougat to other Nexuses over five weeks ago, owners of the two-year-old Nexus 6 have been waiting for an update. Not only has Google posted an Android 7.0 Nougat factory image and a flashable OTA file, but we've received plenty of notes saying that Nexus 6s are receiving OTA updates now as well.

Even though Nexus 6P and 5X owners have dealt with a mixed bag since receiving Nougat, that doesn't make it any easier to look in from the outside waiting for an update. As far as we can tell Google hasn't made any claims about why the Nexus 6 fell so far behind the group, but it isn't uncommon for some Nexus devices to be a bit delayed in receiving the latest software.

Being that the Nexus 6 (alongside the Nexus 9) is the oldest of the Nexuses supported in the Nougat release, it's good to see a two-year-old phone still get the latest software. And with the hardware available inside, we wouldn't be surprised if it ran just as well now as it seemed to on the early Developer Preview releases. If you're antsy, you can download the factory image or OTA file from the links above, but chances are you'll get the OTA update in short order if you intend to wait.

Andrew Martonik

Andrew was an Executive Editor, U.S. at Android Central between 2012 and 2020.