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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