Verizon Nexus 6 Getting Android 7.0 Nougat On Sept. 12


Verizon may roll out Android 7.0 Nougat software update to the Nexus 6 as early as Sept. 12.

Google revealed the Nexus 6 phablet in October 2014, which was made available via all top four carriers in the U.S. The smartphone came running on Android 5.0 Lollipop straight out of the box and it has received Android 6.0 Marshmallow software update.

Neither Google nor Verizon has confirmed Android 7.0 Nougat release date for the Nexus 6. However, Verizon's software support page shows the Nexus 6 being last updated on Sept. 12, 2016.

The Verizon support page does not specify if it will release Android 7.0 Nougat to the Nexus 6. The update could be a security patch for the Nexus phone. It is also possible that the last updated date appearing on the carrier's support page is simply a typo error.

However, the unlocked version of the Nexus 6 have already received an over-the-air update (OTA), which makes it likely that carriers in the U.S. should update their versions of Nexus 6 to Android 7.0 Nougat soon.

Normally, Nexus devices are the first to get a new software update, which makes it likely that the Nexus 6 could get Android 7.0 Nougat update on Sept. 12.

The Verizon support page does not show a changelog. However, the Doze mode has been improved, which remains active even when a handset is in motion. The improvement is expected to enhance the battery life of the Nexus 6.

The new multi-windows app use feature of Android 7.0 Nougat will enable users to open two apps at the same time.

"Now you can switch between apps with a double tap, and run two apps side by side. So go ahead and watch a movie while texting, or read a recipe with your timer open," says Android.

Customers with devices running on Android 7.0 Nougat will be able to reply directly to notifications without opening an app.

Safety and privacy have become an important aspect for smartphone owners. Numerous hackers are on the lookout to breach the security system of mobile phones, which are often used to conduct financial transactions. Google claims to have improved the security and encryption in Android 7.0 Nougat, which will keep user data secured.

Sept. 12 is just around the corner and Nexus 6 owners on Verizon will have to wait some more to see if the carrier rolls out Android 7.0 Nougat to their phone.

It remains to be seen how swift other carriers such as AT&T, Sprint and T-Mobile will release Android 7.0 Nougat to their versions of the Nexus 6.

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