One special aspect of Nexus devices is the super quick updates a Nexus user will get when a new OS is released. This has always been an important selling point to Android fans who really enjoy getting speedy software updates instead of waiting for manufacturers and carriers to get around to delivering the latest OS.
However, due to a wording change in Google’s software update support page, it seems than now, due to all major carriers carrying the Nexus 6 and 9, the wireless provider will have more of a say in software updates:
“ Nexus 4, Nexus 5, Nexus 6, Nexus 7, Nexus 9, and Nexus 10 devices receive the latest version of Android directly from Google. Once an update is available, it can take up to two weeks for it to reach your device. Based on your carrier, it may take longer than two weeks after release to get an update.“
While this may not be a huge change—after all, two weeks isn’t all that bad—there is potential for carrier involvement to turn this into another Verizon Galaxy Nexus fiasco. That device is, as of right now, 498 days behind schedule. Let’s hope that the carriers won’t treat the Nexus 6 and 9 in the same way. The good news is that tech savvy folks will still be able to download the images online, they just won’t be available OTA.
What do you think? Is this change going to affect the Nexus’ famously speedy updates? Leave a comment below and let us know!
Source: Google Support
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