Owners of the Nexus 6 have been watching cautiously to see how long Google is going to continue to support the device now that it is in the window for Google to decide to let it go by the wayside. Those same owners may be particularly tense given the Nexus 6 is currently the oldest device in the stable still getting updates after Google decided to not push out an update to Android 7.0 for the Nexus 5. Some good news surfaced today for Nexus 6 owners as their patience will be rewarded with an update to Android 7.1.1.
CyanogenOS has officially gone under, which leaves some questions about manufacturers that relied on the custom fork of Android for their devices. OnePlus was one of the first that pretty much completely moved away from it, but there are still a few phones running CyanogenOS that are being left out in the cold.
Samsung opened up its Galaxy Beta Program back in November for the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge, allowing those who signed up to test its beta Nougat firmware ahead of an official release. The electronics giant is rolling out the third update for those enrolled in the program, and it comes with some interesting changes, including a move away from the TouchWiz branding for its user interface.
Android 7.0 Nougat may have only managed a 0.4% footprint in the latest Android distribution figures, but it should see an increased rate of adoption as OEM’s update their flagships in the coming months. Some brands are quicker than others at updating their handsets, with HTC being one of the better examples. One such case in point is HTC’s announcement earlier that it has begun rolling out the Nougat update to the unlocked HTC One M9.
It isn’t always plain sailing when you own a modern smartphone. If you purchased the handset on the wrong side of the curve or the manufacturer can’t be bothered, you could be stuck with a phone using an obsolete version of Android for a lengthy period. Owners of recent Huawei flagships though can breathe a sigh of relief because the Chinese handset maker has taken the wraps off its plans to provide an Android 7.0 Nougat (and EMUI 5.0) update for a selection of models. Join us after the break for more info.
With Nougat open to the public, everyone is eager to get the latest version of Android on their devices. It generally takes a lot longer for big companies to roll out software updates, so you’re fortunate if you own a device from a smaller company like Nextbit. The 2016 flagship from Nextbit, the Robin, is currently getting Nougat in a closed beta program to test all software features before a public release.
Sure, OnePlus’ software is among the best in the world because of its simple and clean presentation. A problem exists, though. Getting software updates out in a timely manner has been extremely difficult for the company. With every device, OnePlus just takes so long to go from testing to rolling out.
If you were thinking Android 7.0 Nougat on the OnePlus 3 would arrive next year, there’s new hope. OnePlus revealed that the latest version of Android will be live on its flagship sooner than we all thought. It’ll actually still be 2016 when Nougat is running on the phone.
If you own a Galaxy S7 or Galaxy S7 Edge and you are feeling a little antsy that your flagship device hasn’t received its helping of Nougat love, you can now take steps to remedy that by signing up to the Android 7.0 beta test that Samsung has announced for the handsets. The Android 7.0 Nougat beta test kicks off on November 9th in both the US and the UK. Join us after the break for more details.