The Nexus 6 is little more than a relic of the yesteryears. Released way back in 2014, the device was to stop receiving software updates back in 2016. Google still managed to eke out an update or two for the device, and today it received a somewhat random software update. As far as the actual contents of the update go, it changes nothing, and the changelog for it is empty. The build number remains has been updated to N8I11, but the device is still on the October security patch. Some Reddit users started receiving the update a few days ago, the size of which ranged between 344 and 917MB. The update could be for T-Mobile users, as several devices were still stuck on Android 7.0.0, thanks to Google’s fiasco last year.
At Google I/O a few weeks ago, Google announced that they’d be rolling out the Android P beta to non-Google devices, which is a first as previous beta releases of Android were restricted to Pixel and Nexus devices. The list of companies included the likes of Samsung, OnePlus, Xiaomi, Huawei and Essential. The Essential Phone has always been ahead of the pack when it came to monthly security patches and software updates, so it doesn’t come as a surprise that it would be one of the first devices to get the Android P Beta.
The update is based on Android P DP2, which means that there are no new features to speak of. It is focused primarily on patches and bug fixes for basic functionality. Essential is rolling out improvements for cellular connectivity as well as certain fixes for both the Dark Mode and Bluetooth. The company also stated that they would support the device for two major security updates and three years of security updates. The news is refreshing, considering that the future of the company is unknown at this point. If you own an Essential Phone and want to get a taste of Android P, you can sign up for the program here. We wouldn’t recommend it, though, as it is buggy and rough on the edges.