Google Android 7.1.2 is coming soon to recent Nexus and Pixel devices, and this week Google released a beta version of the software for some of those products. But two older Nexus devices were notably absent.
It looks like the company has no current plans to offer Android 7.1.2 for the Google Nexus 6 smartphone or Nexus 9 tablet.
That’s not a huge surprise. Both devices were released in late 2014, which means Google has officially supported them for more than two years. And the company will probably continue to offer monthly security updates for some time to come. But any new features and bug fixes coming in Android 7.1.2 won’t roll out to Nexus 6 or Nexus 9 owners automatically.
Of course, one of the nice things about Nexus products is that they typically have unlockable bootloaders and good support from independent developers. So while Google may be abandoning older devices, I’d be shocked if we didn’t see custom ROMs based on Android 7.1.2 for these devices very soon after the software is released to the public.
There’s no shortage of Android 7.1-based ROMs for older hardware like the 2012 Google Nexus 4.
via Android Police