As a dear Nexus 6 owner myself, I’ve been eagerly awaiting the Android 7.1.1 update for the past month. The Nexus 6, released in 2014, has consistently been delayed its updates. Now, Google has finally gone ahead and posted the Nexus 6 images and OTA files for flashing.
It hasn’t been officially detailed why the Nexus 6 has been falling behind the other Google products in terms of software upgrades, but my guess is as to the 32-bit architecture of the phone. In fact, the Nexus 6 is the only 32-bit device that’s still being supported by Google. You may remember the Nexus 9 tablet which came out the same year as the Nexus 6, but the Nexus 9 boasts a 64-bit chip and has been given the 7.1.1 update along with the Nexus 5X, 6P, and Pixel Phones.
Anyways, the Nexus 6 factory images and OTA files are now live on the Google Developers site with build number “N6F26Q.”