While it’s definitely no big surprise to see the latest Android flavor kept exclusive to Nexus devices several weeks after its public, out-of-beta debut, as third-party OEMs need extra optimization, i.e. bloatification, time, it’s completely unacceptable that the 6P is still stuck on Marshmallow.
Yes, that 6P. The one and only fall 2015-released Google/Huawei-co-branded Nexus 6P. The worldwide over-the-air rollout was supposed to begin on or around August 25, following publication of a manually downloading 7.0 factory image on Big G’s servers.
None of that happened yet, and with both the Mountain View-based search giant and China’s greatest rising smartphone star altogether silent on the matter, Vodafone Australia (?!) comes out to shed some light by confirming the rollout is delayed (well, duh), because of a mystery “issue”, which the carrier and Huawei are working to “resolve ASAP.”
That suggests whatever it is at fault here, Google isn’t to blame, though it’d sure be nice to hear something, anything from the custodians of the Android ecosystem. Especially with Nougat also unavailable for the original Nexus 6 and, most bizarrely of all, the LTE-enabled N9 tablet.
Meanwhile, the Nexus 5X, Wi-Fi-only Nexus 9, Nexus Player, and Pixel C don’t look impaired by the same “issue”, letting their owners smoothly and safely switch from Android 6.0 to 7.0 Nougat as planned.