Even though both of these devices have been upgraded to Android 7.0 Nougat, it has been confirmed that the Nexus 6 and Nexus 9 won’t receive the Android 7.1.2 Nougat update that’s due in a couple of months. There’s actually a rather simple explanation for why Google has decided not to release said update for these devices even though they’re already running the latest iteration of its mobile platform.
As the version number suggests, Android 7.1.2 is going to be a relatively minor update that features bug fixes and overall system optimizations. There won’t be much in the way of new functionality in this update.
Google guarantees version updates for Android devices for two years and by the time Android 7.1.2 is released in a couple of months from now, both the Nexus 6 and Nexus 9 will have passed their 2-year cutoff date.
What this means for owners of the Nexus 6 and Nexus 9 is that they will no longer receive further version updates on their devices, but that doesn’t mean they will be hung out to dry.
Google has promised that it’s going to release security updates for these devices for at least one year so even if they don’t get new features, those who are still holding on to one can rest assured that timely security patches are being released for their devices.