According to reports, Android 7.0 Nougat update has been rolled out to Nexus 6. With build number NBD90Z weighing around 860MB in size, you should get Android 7.0 Nougat rolling out to your Nexus 6 devices. If you phone are unable to get the automated update via OTA, you can download the official images.
We have seen reports that few Nexus devices are getting Android 7.0 Nougat update. Moreover, LG V20 recently received the update. However, few devices were reportedly left out due to certain unforeseen circumstances.
With Nexus 6 likely to get Android 7.0 Nougat update, the search engine giant has not yet provided a concrete response as to why the update was delayed to Nexus 6. In addition to Nexus 6, Nexus 9 LTE was also excluded from the list of devices getting Android Nougat.
Android 7.0 Nougat update for Nexus 6 delayed due to battery drain issues
According to sources, the update for these phones was delayed due to battery drain issues. However, it looks like Google has resolved all the issues. This is because users have started to report that they are getting Android 7.0 Nougat on their Nexus 6 devices. Even if you are not enrolled in the Android Developer Preview program, you will be able to view the update.
Factory Images for Nexus Devices
To download factory images of Android 7.0 Nougat for Nexus phones, you need to visit the Google developer’s page and select Acknowledge button. You will view the required flashing instructions. You should follow the steps outlined and download the relevant files oriented for Nexus 6.
Before proceeding to install the update on your Nexus 6, you should backup all the files including media to your PC since the above process will wipe your existing Android. Moreover, you should ensure that there is sufficient space remaining on the phone. If not, you should uninstall unwanted apps. As of writing this, we are unable to see an update for Nexus 9 LTE. We hope Google will soon release an update.
You need not have to proceed with the manual installation if you got the update via OTA. You have the option to download the full stock image if you want to start fresh.
You can also upgrade to Android 7.0 Nougat on your Nexus 6 by downloading the OTA binary image files. This will enable you to manually update your Nexus phones without the need of wiping the previous files. According to Google, the files available under this option are intended to be used only on your personal Nexus phones.