The Motorola-made Google Nexus 6 is now into its third year following its release towards the end of 2014, meaning that it is no longer supported for major Android OS updates.
However, the aging phone has been spotted on Google Git with the latest Android 8.0 Oreo running the show. This OS has just been unveiled so far, the search giant has confirmed that the OS will start rolling out to the Pixel, Pixel XL, Nexus 6P and Nexus 5X soon – all of which are less than two years old in the market.
Despite this rare appearance, don’t be too excited about a possibility of receiving the new Android O on your Google Nexus 6 phablet. The search engine giant does this almost all the time with a new OS. Usually, the company runs tests of new software on older devices in order to determine if they can actually support the latest and best OS in town. At times these devices get lucky and in other cases, the whole thing never materializes. As for the current tests on the Google Nexus 6, it’s unlikely that it will be updated to Android 8.0 Oreo, especially knowing that the phone won’t even get near Android 7.1.2 Nougat.
Before Google released Android 7.1.1 Nougat to the Nexus 6, the phone was also spotted with the newer v7.1.2 on board, but the tech company confirmed that v7.1.1 will be the last major OS update for Shamu. If anything, this Android Oreo thing on Google Git should just be another of the usual tests, meaning we may never get to see the phone installed with the upcoming OS via the official channels.
In short, the Google Nexus 6 is not going to get past the current Android 7.1.1 Nougat, unless some miracle happens – which probably won’t!