After a month of delay, Google has finally released the much awaited Android Nougat update to the Motorola Nexus 6 in select regions.
Android Nougat has been made available to Nexus 6 through OTA (Over-The-Air) and factory image for manual loading. That said, this is highly irregular for a Nexus series phone to get software so late. One of the perks for owning a Nexus phone is that they will the first among all Android devices to receive the update.
It was first rolled out to LG Nexus 5X and Huawei Nexus 6P in the fourth week for August, but for reasons unknown Google withheld the deployment of update to the Nexus 6.
We believe the delay probably may have to do with hardware optimization with Android Nougat source code because soon after the release of the update in August, Nexus 5X users complained about the boot loop bug rendering their devices useless. Google investigated the issue and said that the company was not at fault, but blamed on device's hardware.
So, as a precautionary measure, Google might have re-tested Nexus 6-bound Nougat software for bugs. Satisfied with the testing, it has commenced the roll-out process for the Motorola device.
For those unaware, Android 7.0 Nougat comes with many new features and improvements over the previous generation Marshmallow. It brings bundled notification, improved battery optimisation, multi-window options and more value-added features to enhance users' experience.
How to install OTA update on Android phone:
1. From the home screen, tap Settings
2. Scroll down to "System," and then tap About device.
3. Tap Download updates manually.
4. Tap OK.
5. Tap Start.
6. A restart message will appear, tap OK.
Since the OTA update is being carried out in phases, it will take a few days to reach all the corners of the world.
Users can also install the update manually by going to Settings >> About Phone >> System update.
If patience is not your strongest suit, you can flash the factory images to the Nexus devices. Google has put up downloadable Nougat update files on its Android Developer website.