Google IO 2017 Coverage

Google introduces Project Treble to solve Android update woes

Updates are far and away the biggest concern with Android as a mobile operating system, and anything that’s not a Nexus or Pixel struggles to get the latest version of Android in a timely manner. Some manufacturers are better than others, but there’s almost no device maker that pushes out brand new OS updates within a week of it being publicly available.

U.S. unlocked Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge are now getting Android 7.0 Nougat

Samsung’s U.S. unlocked models of the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge are getting a major software update today. It is, of course, the long-awaited jump to Android 7.0 Nougat that’s been on the carrier variants for months. Now owners of the U.S. unlocked models are finally experiencing the latest version of Android on their phones.

Software update rolling out to T-Mobile’s Samsung Galaxy S8

Before its official release date, Samsung’s Galaxy S8 for T-Mobile is getting a software update. It’s actually a substantial one, too. T-Mobile is preparing the year’s most popular device for showtime on Friday despite a number of customers receiving their phones early. The software update rolling out tonight is merely to ensure everything is set for when the masses begin using the Galaxy S8 in the United States.

PSA: Samsung’s Galaxy S8 and S8+ run Android 7.0 Nougat right now, but 7.1.1 is on the way

Samsung’s Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ are impressive devices, but there’s one thing little disappointing about the software at least for now. They’re currently running an outdated version of Android. Every unit we used at the Unpacked event in New York City was based on Android 7.0 Nougat. Despite what you may be thinking, that’s actually behind what Google offers its partners.

It’s not all bad news. Samsung plans on getting right to work on implementing a software update.

Final release for Android O tentatively scheduled for Q3 2017

It won’t be too long until you’re looking at Android O on your phone or tablet. Google shared its tentative schedule for the new version’s milestones, and it put the final release in the third quarter of 2017. Up until then, the Android O Developer Preview will see at least three updates. It’s all to ensure Android O is ready for the platform’s massive number of users.