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One User Purchased An AT&T Model Nexus 6 And Found It Running Android Kit Kat 4.4.4

November 21, 2014 - Written By John Anon

If you have ordered a Google Nexus 6 recently then you should be receiving it any day now. It was reported a few days ago that AT&T had begun shipping their devices and as we speak they were en-route to their new lovely owners. However, there was a bit of a debate raging about whether those AT&T Nexus 6’s would come with some additional and unwanted artwork on the back. You see the rumour was AT&T are branding their Nexus 6 devices which came as quite a surprise to most people. Nexus is synonymous with ‘Pure Android’ and some feel…well…a carrier stamp is not so pure. So if you did order an AT&T Nexus 6 then you may well have to put up with a less pure device then those ordered from other carriers, Motorola or Google.

That said, if you ordered from AT&T then the infamous ‘tramp stamp’ might be the least of your worries. A user on reddit has reported that his AT&T Nexus 6 has finally turned up. Now, he didn’t mention anything about the AT&T logo but that was largely because he was preoccupied by the operating system. Yes, although Lollipop is mindblowing and would occupy your attention the second you get it, that was not the issue. What was the issue was the Nexus 6 came out of the box running on Android 4.4.4. That’s KitKat by the way. Yep, it seems if you buy a Nexus 6 then there is a chance it will come loaded with Kit Kat and not Lollipop. However, in fairness this will not be a common issue and could very well be the single use case.

Some reddit users have questioned the authenticity of the reddit post as the build number is what is associated with the build number for a DROID Turbo and not the Nexus 6. However, a YouTube video (shown below) has started circulating today showing an AT&T Nexus 6 running on KitKat out of the box. It is not known if this is the same user, but either way you can see that it is indeed a Nexus 6. Its also worth noting the video does show the AT&T logo on the back. It seems the problem is these devices have been shipped with a userdebug developer image and not the actual Android 5.0 Lollipop finished image. Of course if you do receive one of these devices then you can install the latest image so it is not a massive issue. That said, if you have ordered from AT&T you might want to prepare yourself for AT&T branding and KitKat