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 O running the show. This OS is still in developer preview mode and in fact, it is only available (officially) for a handful of Google devices, including the Pixel, Pixel XL, Nexus 6P and Nexus 5X – 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, either case could be the end result.
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 O thing is just another of the usual tests and 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!