The Nexus 6 ship has officially sailed, with the smartphone no longer on sale at the Google Store. Google provides no such reason, nor did it announce the end to Nexus 6 sales with any fanfare or special announcement. A quick search at the Google Store shows the statement “The Nexus 6 is no longer available for purchase,” meaning that you can still get it but won’t get it from Google.
The Nexus 6 was a collaboration between Google and Motorola, with Motorola making the hardware. The device sported a near 6-inch AMOLED display with a Quad HD resolution of 2,560 x 1,440p, an octa-core, Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 processor, 3GB of RAM, 32GB of storage, and a 3,220mAh battery, running Android 5.0 Lollipop. The Nexus 6 had a few problems, one being that the back cover of the device started peeling off for some customers, not to mention the camera performance was still far away from other high-end flagships.
The 3,220mAh battery was said to provide users with up to 24 hours of battery life, though the new Android 6.0 Marshmallow update’s “Doze” feature should improve this area some (not drastically). The device’s most controversial feature was its $649 price tag though, as most Nexus users were accustomed to $299-$349 prices for Nexus devices before the Nexus 6 was announced. For now, the Nexus 6 remains the last Google flagship bearing the “NEXUS” brand to feature wireless charging; neither the new Nexus 6P (with Huawei) or the Nexus 5X (with LG) have it, and Google has said it removed wireless charging from its two newest flagships because of the benefits of USB Type-C.
While you can no longer purchase the Nexus 6 at the Google Store, you can still purchase the device online from eBay, Amazon, and other retailers, and the device still has updates (it just received an update to Android 6.0 Marshmallow on October 5th), and is expected to get at least one more major update from Android 6.0 to Android 7.0. The Nexus 6 has dropped in price now that the Nexus 6P and 5X are around, but it is still a great phone and can even be used via Google’s new Sprint/T-Mobile MVNO called Project Fi. If you want better battery life and camera performance, though, you might do best to lay the Nexus 6 to rest.