Today Google began pushing Android 6.0.1 updates to its Nexus devices, with the highlight feature being a boatload of new emoji. However, it looks like there’s another notable feature in there that ought to please Nexus 6P and Nexus 5X users on T-Mobile.
Several Nexus 6P and Nexus 5X users have found that, after installing Android 6.0.1, their phones connect to T-Mobile’s band 12 coverage. xda-developers forum user papi92 posted some screenshots showing his Nexus 6P on Android 6.0.1 and T-Mobile band 12, and Reddit users 77random77 and nps-ca say that their Nexus 5Xs are accessing band 12 after installing Android 6.0.1.
Neither Google nor T-Mobile have made any official announcements regarding T-Mo band 12 LTE support in the Android 6.0.1 update, so for now consider this all unconfirmed. Google and T-Mobile previously said that they were working on enabling band 12 on both phones, though, with members of Google’s Nexus team aiming to roll out band 12 support by the time that the 6P and 5X shipped to customers. Obviously that didn’t happen since the phones have been in owners’ hands for a few weeks now, but that does support the theory that band 12 support is included with the Android 6.0.1 update since it’s being rolled out shortly after the 6P and 5X launch.
If you’ve got a Nexus 6P or 5X, be sure to keep an eye out for your Android 6.0.1 update in the coming days. If you’re in a hurry and don’t mind doing a bit of work, you can manually flash the 6.0.1 factory image to your phone. Just keep in mind that doing so will wipe your phone’s data totally clean.
If you’ve got a Nexus 6P or 5X, is your phone connecting to T-Mobile’s band 12 coverage after the Android 6.0.1 update?