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Google releases Android 7.1.1 Nougat beta update; Ceases updates for Nexus 6, Nexus 9

By Yen Palec | Feb 01, 2017 01:53 PM EST
Android 7.0 Nougat is the latest available update for Android smartphones.
(Photo : The Times of India/YouTube) Android 7.0 Nougat is the latest available update for Android smartphones.

Tech giant Google recently rolled out the beta version of Android 7.1.2 Nougat for the Pixel and some select Nexus devices. While this spurs good news to owners of these devices, Google confirmed that the older Nexus 6 and Nexus 9 devices will not receive the recent update.

As of this writing, the new Android 7.1.2 Nougat update is already available to download for the Pixel, Pixel XL, Pixel C, Nexus Player, and Nexus 5X devices, provided that they are enrolled on Google's Android Beta Program. According to The Inquirer, the same update is also being worked out for the Nexus 6P which should arrive later.

Along with the recent update roll out, Google confirmed to Ars Technica that the company will cease to release updates for the Nexus 6 and Nexus 9. Both devices were released in October 2014. Google added that the two devices have reached the two-year life cycle of their operating systems.

Despite halting the release of new software updates, Google will continue to offer important security patches for the Nexus 6 and the Nexus 9.

In a statement posted on its official blog, the search engine giant wrote, "Android 7.1.2 is an incremental maintenance release focused on refinements, so it includes a number of bugfixes and optimasations, along with a small number of enhancements for carriers and users."

As with most of the company's previous roll outs, Google forewarned users to be wary of any bugs since the update is still in beta phase. Google have changed its update release lately. Instead of dumping one massive update, the company is now relying on smaller, yet more frequent update roll outs. Google has yet to confirm when the update will roll out to the general public.

Among the issues that were reportedly fixed are related to Wi-Fi problems, occasional user interface hang, setup wizard, and black screen experience when transitioning from boot animation to setup wizard.

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