Google Nexus 6 and Nexus 9 LTE should be updated to Android 7.0 Nougat in the coming weeks

While it's been several weeks since Google started rolling out Android 7.0 Nougat updates, owners of the Nexus 6 and Nexus 9 LTE still have to make do with Android 6.0 Marshmallow (despite the fact that the two devices are on the official Nougat update list). However, if you're guessing that the Nexus 6 and Nexus 9 LTE should get Nougat sometime soon, you are right.

According to Android Police, Google says that both the Nexus 6 and Nexus 9 LTE will be updated to Android 7.0 starting the next few weeks. Thus, if you have any of the two devices, you could be getting a taste of Nougat before the end of September (though it might also happen in early October).

Released back in October 2014 with Android 5.0 Lollipop on board, the Nexus 6 (pictured above) and Nexus 9 are now almost 2 years old. This means Android 7.0 Nougat is the last major software update that they're getting, although they'll still receive regular security updates, at least for a while.

In case you aren't familiar with Google's latest and greatest version of Android, make sure to check out our Android 7.0 Nougat review.

source: Android Police

Related phones

Nexus 6
  • Display 6.0" 1440 x 2560 pixels
  • Camera 13 MP / 2 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 805, Quad-core, 2700 MHz
  • Storage 64 GB
  • Battery 3220 mAh(24h talk time)
Nexus 9
  • Display 8.9" 1536 x 2048 pixels
  • Camera 8 MP / 1.6 MP front
  • Processor NVIDIA Tegra K1, Dual-core, 2300 MHz
  • Storage 32 GB
  • Battery 6700 mAh



1. cdm283813

Posts: 424; Member since: Jan 10, 2015

WFT!!! That's bull*hit!!! What the hell is the purpose of having a Nexus if it doesn't receive timely updates. Pisses me off. This is some crap I expect Motorola or LG to say.

3. Finalflash

Posts: 4063; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

They do a staged roll out for all their devices so get used to it. Otherwise you have soft bricked devices and whatever else is about to come.

6. cdm283813

Posts: 424; Member since: Jan 10, 2015

Staging it for what? It ain't a staged roll-out if it takes weeks to get updated. Hell, any planned upgrade would be considered a staged roll-out. Guess their staging it because it ain't ready. Great!

7. Finalflash

Posts: 4063; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

.....I assume you don't know what staged roll out is then. So a staged roll out, as the name suggests, is done in stages. First week 10% of the user base gets it. Then all the bugs and everything are sorted out and the update is uploaded to another 25% of the user base. All bugs are ironed out and then 50% and then remaining. All of this happens over a period of weeks to make sure that everyone doesn't get bricked overnight. This is how all experts recommend major updates to roll out and it is the more intelligent/socially responsible way to do it.

9. cdm283813

Posts: 424; Member since: Jan 10, 2015

"experts recommend major updates to roll out and it is the more intelligent/socially responsible way to do it." GTFO!!! If that is your definition of the Nexus plan I want out. If Apple can update millions upon millions of devices on day one (iPhones, iPads and Watches) there is "NO" excuse why Google can't update a fraction of Nexus devices "running stock software" at the same time as well. And even Apple ran into problems yesterday but was fixed within hours. Stop making excuses for Google. This is nothing but hardware fragmentation within Nexus devices. It's bad enough the damn OEM's can't get it right but Google??? They should be held at the same or higher standard than Apple.

10. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

First, comparing Motorola or LG which takes months or quarters to roll out vs weeks isn't the same thing. Second, no Apple doesn't do staged rollouts, and when theres a problem, it affects most everyone who updated. So now isntead of having a few thousand people with issues, you have millions with issues. It's no different with manufacturing. Do manufacturers test their products during the manufacturing process and only lose a few units to the waste bin or do they wait until they're all built and then test, and if there's a problem they lose everything? Third, yes it is hardware fragmentation, which happens with ANY device that doesn't have hardware that can be upgraded after the fact. Why do you think that iPhone models made previous to the fingerprint scanner don't have the ability to scan fingerprints? Again, the difference here is that when Apple has an issue, it will affect more people because everyone can update before the problem is caught and identified. So it makes more sense to send it to a smaller group and make sure it's safe to send to everyone.

12. Finalflash

Posts: 4063; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

Well you can have your little tantrum but I would rather I not lose all my data like those iOS 10 updaters that took the dive too early. Waiting a week or two won't kill me, and worse case scenario, you can install it yourself from the binaries if you're that uppity about it.

14. cdm283813

Posts: 424; Member since: Jan 10, 2015

Meanwhile my iPhone SE, iPad Air 2 and Apple Watch are sitting pretty up to date. Yet my Nexus 6 is still on Android M and my S7 is waiting for Samsung to put out fires. So glad I'm swapping my S7 for a iPhone 7 Plus. Can't believe that I may not have a Android device as a spare once I sell the N6.

18. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

How would you feel if there was an issue with those idevices because you just had to have the update right now and they didn't catch it before they made the update available. So you're selling the N6 because it didn't get the update instantly? I have a 6p, and got the update about a week ago. There was an issue with the update and only the people on the Android beta program got the update. If they had rolled out the update to everyone as Apple does, they'd have the entire userbase screaming to fix it. But instead, only the people who could live with the possibility of having issues got it.

20. cdm283813

Posts: 424; Member since: Jan 10, 2015

The N6 was my last hope to have timely Android updates. Only reason I got it during Amazon's Black Friday special. So if it doesn't receive updates when I expect it to receive updates it's out of my rotation.

22. Doakie

Posts: 2478; Member since: May 06, 2009

PEACE! Good riddance.

24. Finalflash

Posts: 4063; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

Good for you little bro, now you can check all those widgets and other stickers....yea I'll wait for my real update with multi-window and super doze.

30. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

Just stick with Apple and everything will be alright for you. I prefer Android now and would stick with it. Do every one here a favor don't ever come back to Android because its not for 'empty vessel' Notice Android user does not have the same attachment to our phone branding like Apple troll does. I just find apple troll here to be incredible stupid, spend the money then the time to convince themselve and others that their purchase is justified. Personally, I feel I don't need anyone approval for my personal device choices. My question to people like Mxy, what does he know about Apple that Android users like myself don't? And if the question is reverse? How much does he know about Android that he think he is fit to give me advice on it.

16. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Android fans are deflecting again. A clear case of fragmentation.

29. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

There are many iPhone user that want Apple to stop slowing down older iPhone on the pretense of software upgrade.

8. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

I rather have a stable ROM then a rush one.

21. cdm283813

Posts: 424; Member since: Jan 10, 2015

Then why does Google release a final build if it's not stable? For show and tell? That's what the Beta program is for. If it's not ready don't release it.

28. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012 Mistakes are expensive but it happened even for giant like Google. I wouldn't be upgrading to nougat for another 3 months. I am happy with my mashmallow phone.

2. Zylam

Posts: 1817; Member since: Oct 20, 2010

Meanwhile all iPhones from 2012 just got iOS 10.

11. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

And when theres a software problem, everyone gets it rather than a few. Remember iOS 8? If they had done a stated rollout, they may have caught those issues before everyone got them.

17. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Apple addresses issues fairly quickly. How long has Android been dealing with RAM and lag issues?

19. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

About as long as you've been a rectal itch on PA I'd imagine.

25. Mxyzptlk unregistered

So unable to answer the question due to extreme butthurt?

26. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

They're two completely different things for one. Apple's iOS is made to run on one thing, Apple devices. Android is made to run on various hardware made by various manufacturers. I'll guarantee if Apple had the same production model as Android, with multiple hardware configurations made by disparate OEMs, they'd have the same issues. But since it's not, all Apple had to code for is the current models and a few past models when they release a new version. With Android, how many varying hardware configurations do they have to code for in just the last two model years? That makes a huge difference in how quickly the updates are pushed, and how many bugs may be encountered. If anything, Apple shouldn't have as many issues as they do have. This year they have what, 5 different hardware configurations to deal with. With the fewer models and hardware configurations they have to deal with, no multiple OEM skins, there shouldn't be any issues. And they control the hardware as well, they don't have to deal with CPUs from Qualcomm, Samsung, Nvidia, or Mediatek, yet they still have issues. They had multiple issues with both iOS 8 and 9 at launch. But since this article is about Nexus devices, what RAM and lag issues have they had in the past few years? Those issues I assume you're referring to were on the hardware partner side (Samsung and OnePlus). My 6p hasn't had any issues to speak of, in fact I'd say it's the best device I've owned so far as reliability. And that's using it on a carrier that doesn't even officially support it. If I was having issues, I'd be the first to bitch about it. I'm also not going to upgrade to this year's Nexus/Pixel devices because I don't feel there's enough of an upgrade to warrant it, and I'm not sure I like the direction Google is taking that program. But I doubt you'd understand that, if it's new and it's Apple, your body is ready, right?

27. Mxyzptlk unregistered

They aren't that much different from each other. One could argue Android on the Nexus line of phones is what Android is supposed to be like, so it's not that far off from what ios is. That's a technicality. A lot of the issues common on Android is the same regardless what phone you use. *Ahem*lollipop. That difference isn't as big of a gap as you think. How can you sit there and say Apple can't have any issues while Android gets a free pass? See, you're doing it again. You're making up excuses for issues on Android, yet you want to criticize Apple. Google has only their Nexus line of phones and Google Play services. They shouldn't have any issues whatsoever. Lollipop has had a number of issues. It made many users phones unusable. And then there's Batterygate with Samsung and the exploding phones. Clearly you haven't been paying attention to my comments or you just have selective vision. I have said many times that my 6P is enough to last me until the iphone 8. But of course I'm too busy getting my body ready and you're just going to conveniently miss the comment because you know it proves you wrong.

31. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

So iOS is made to run on any hardware then, right? I mean since they're so similar. Just because Google only has the Nexus hardware to deal with, the software, which is what I was referring to and should been obvious since I said iOS and not iPhone, is made to run on various forms of hardware. Setting software up to run on a narrow set of hardware is easier than making it universal. So having to code for a specific set of hardware is the same as making it universal? So since you're all knowing on the subject, why do t you expound on it a bit and share your vast knowledge. This seems to be a recurrence through every paragraph here. iOS and Android are not similar. You say they're so similar, show me where anyone has ever said that they are similar. And why are you bringing up the Samsung battery issue when you're arguing that the issues you mentioned are widespread across Android? Do you get a penny for Everytime you bring it up? Right, because you NEVER criticize Android for something that Apple's also guilty of, right? Whenever apple comes under fire, you say "But, but Android does this..." The only two people you responded to in this comments section are the ones who mentioned Apple, and you had to charge right in and defend them. God forbid anything bad is said about almighty Apple! No Myx, I haven't been reading up on all your comments. I guess that blows your whole "targeting you" paranoid theory you had out of the water. And no you pissy little egomaniac, I didnt see where you said it, because I don't read every article on PA nor do I care what your views are on every subject. If you want to link it I'll go read it, otherwise I don't give two $hit$ what you plan to do.

32. Mxyzptlk unregistered

That's not what I meant. There you go again manipulating my words. You're just being dense. I don't care what the software is made to run on. If we're going to compare, we are going to do it at the base level, the Nexus phones. That's what Google intended Android to be like. You're the one who is acting like he knows what's easier to code and what not to code. Google allows OEMs to make Android like they want provided they stick to a few guidelines, mainly keeping access to Google Play services. The manufacturers are the ones who are responsible for coding. What's wrong? Afraid that my comment is proving you wrong? Can't stand to not be right? They're both mobile OS. Just because one can be tailored to different devices doesn't mean they aren't similar in some ways. You mean like you did to me in past articles? Pot meet the kettle. People say bad stuff about Apple all of the time. It's like a troll feast whenever an Apple article is made. What's your point? Who said anything about targeting here? That's just your selective reading because you know it proves you wrong.

33. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

But the base for Android has to be made to run on multiple devices right. Whereas Apple's is not is it? Nexus is just one configuration that it has to run on. You said I was wrong, so prove it then. You told me they're similar, then back up those claims. All you're doing is keep repeating they're the same over and over. I don't if anyone told you this, but saying it repeatedly doesn't necessarily make it true. You say I'm wrong, then provide proof or I'll just assume it's coming out of your ass. There were plenty of people to respond to, yet the only ones you did had something negative to say about Apple. The funny thing is, when you go trolling you're usually the first in the article, before the actual people interested in commercial ting get there. Gotta stoke those fires early though right? Nobody said the troll life was easy did they? You cannot be serious. Previous to this conversation, if I replied to one of your comments, you said I was targeting you. And now as per usual, if it didn't happen today, you have no memory of it. But I cant provide proof if your ailing mind can't recall.

13. lyndon420

Posts: 6827; Member since: Jul 11, 2012

That's awesome dude....unfortunately that only matters to a small amount of the global population. Will this update bring you guys closer to Android 2014? ;)

4. lyndon420

Posts: 6827; Member since: Jul 11, 2012

Joy!!! Hopefully it will fix the horrible lag I get whenever I visit this site. Only on PA...sooo strange. :/

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