Google downgrades Nexus 6 phones to Android 7.0 Nougat

For some reason, Google has decided that the Nexus 6 should be downgraded to a previous OS version after it recently brought the phone to Android 7.1.1 Nougat.

There's a huge thread up on reddit where Nexus 6 owners say Google has pushed a new Android 7.0 Nougat update on their phones. As some of you probably know, Google had to delay the release of Android 7.1.1 Nougat for the Nexus 6.

Unfortunately, when Android 7.1.1 arrived on the Nexus 6, it also brought some bugs, which have been consequently addressed in the recent March security patch. However, the latest update broke another important feature on the Nexus 6, Android Pay support.

Now it looks like Google has given up and decided to roll back Nexus 6 phones to Android 7.0 Nougat. The reason is explained by a Google community manager:


The bad news is after rolling back to Android 7.0 Nougat, none of your apps installed on the Nexus 6 will work any longer, so you will have to perform a factory reset. It's worth noting that Android Nougat is the last major OS update for Nexus 6.

source: reddit via AndroidPolice

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23 Comments

1. mikehunta727 unregistered

Lol wow. That's incredibly strange and pretty ridiculous

2. k9luvr

Posts: 122; Member since: Oct 17, 2016

Google is screwing up royally. Can it get any worse?

18. Finalflash

Posts: 4063; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

Yea it could, you could have iOS and not be able to revert back at all. Then you'd be stuck with a brick and have no way out like millions of iPhone owners right now.

20. jphillips63

Posts: 253; Member since: Jan 04, 2012

Please point us curious iPhone users where millions of the phones are bricked due to an update? I'm all over imore forums and yet not one complaint of a bricked iPhone over any new update.

23. Xr8zim4n unregistered

I believe what Finalflash was trying to communicate is that if Apple pushed a bad update, the fact that Apple does not support "version revertion" would leave the phone stuck in that version. The three arguments against would be: A) Apple don't make no junk, don't push no bad versions (just bad maps) B) the difference between reverting to an old version and promoting a new bug fix version is a bit of a semantic non-starter. C) If A) ever did happen such that millions of phones were bricked, Apple would most definitely replace the phones. First through Asurion insurance plans, then directly with refurbished returns, and finally with second-run, one-off phones reserved for company employees in the naughty box for rooting their phones, leaving prototypes in bars and leaking pictures prior to release. the real point here is that the Nexus 6 was a great phone and this release snafu (and EOL support announcement last year) has been very disheartening. That, coupled with the steep initial offering price of the Pixel, change of manufacturer, etc. has been a horse pill to swallow.

3. purpleespritee1

Posts: 9; Member since: Mar 13, 2017

That is bad, and I love Google. But that's just bad. I hope my Pixel doesn't suffer the same fate.

4. uchihakurtz

Posts: 428; Member since: Nov 12, 2012

A multi billion dollar company can't spend a few weeks to test the quality of their software? FFS Google! That's why I prefer OEM updates and waiting a little longer rather than getting latest version available as soon as possible.

5. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

I agree with the first part of your comment not the OEM portion. Reason is Google has been consistently better than OEM on phone update up to this incident. To me it may be signs that we are dealing with a new Google. The one i may soon learned to hate.

6. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

At least Android can be reverted back to a previous version, if any issues occur in an update... which is unlike some other restrictive OS.

7. kiko007

Posts: 7520; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

Have you heard of restoring through iTunes? And no matter how you spin it.... this is pretty s**t software management on the part of Google. As a Nexus 6 owner, this is the last device I buy from Google. They're a software company who can't even software properly.....

16. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

iTune backup could not stop Apple planned obsolesce. Once a new iOS releases developer must either update their app with discontinue support for iOS older than two generations. Android does not have such money grab restriction. Developer has complete freedom to release new apps for older Android devices.

17. Finalflash

Posts: 4063; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

Don't know what you're talking about but you can't downgrade an iPhone through iTunes. Apple stops activating older versions a few weeks after a new release. The fact that this is possible and a step that Google is willing to take justifies having it as a worst case scenario option. There are millions of iOS users wishing they could downgrade but can't.

19. kiko007

Posts: 7520; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

This is why Android users shouldn't open their mouths:https://support.apple.com/kb/ph12521?locale=en_US Yes Apple stops signing OS updates after a few weeks, but restores are still readily accessible. Besides, if that many users have a problem with the update, Apple will release another one in a week or two to fix it. Unlike Android, where after 24 months your phone is a brick regardless of manufacturer, and reverting versions without rooting is almost impossible.

22. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

"Unlike Android, where after 24 months your phone is a brick regardless of manufacturer, and reverting versions without rooting is almost impossible." Give me one case study on what you just claim. I have been using Android device day in day out, reading up on their news and support material i could not establish what you said. So is that from apple brain washing material or media that i miss??

12. iushnt

Posts: 3147; Member since: Feb 06, 2013

Apple will keep signing the older Is until the new update is proven to be stable and reliable.

15. uzimafioso

Posts: 469; Member since: Jul 15, 2014

Yes but that's hardly besides the point. My 4s got a crappy 9.3 or something as a last update and nothing worked anymore. I had to uninstall everything just to get the UI to work as intended. At least with the Nexus 6 everything will work fine...

21. jphillips63

Posts: 253; Member since: Jan 04, 2012

Again wrong jailbreak the iPhone and you can do anything your heart desires to it.

8. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

@joey_sfb A new Google? Man, I don't think so. Heck, one cannot use this Nexus 6 mess as a basis to speculate that it's a sign of Google becoming different or worse. Remember, Google is a software company, so Android is still a huge priority of Google... So there is no way Google will forsake it's own grassroots... No way Google can forsake what is the backbone of it's business: software. I personally think this Nexus 6 mess is nothing more than an isolated case, so no worries there.

9. evanechols3

Posts: 2; Member since: Mar 16, 2017

I'm just now getting 7.0 now that they have re released it. I never got 7.1 or 7.0 when it first came out so I'm just happy to be getting the 7.0 update.

10. evanechols3

Posts: 2; Member since: Mar 16, 2017

I've been running 6.1 forever.

11. Zylam

Posts: 1822; Member since: Oct 20, 2010

The company that makes Android can't seem to get a bug free version of their own software on their own phones? I love the Nexus and now the Pixel brand, but the software problems Google constantly has creates an upsetting imagine of how they just don't have the polish highend phones should have.

13. iushnt

Posts: 3147; Member since: Feb 06, 2013

And people cry why Samsung takes time to provide updates.

14. Mike442A

Posts: 1; Member since: Mar 16, 2017

Pathetic, click-bate article. I've run every version of 7 on my Nexus 6 (including the latest 7.1.1 March update), with zero issues beyond the "speakerphone bug". And even that's fixed, now. Stop trying to scare people.

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