Android O looks like an exciting new release for Android, but it’s not set for release for another few months. Fortunately, if you happen to own a Pixel or newer Nexus device and have a brave mindset, you can go ahead and sign up to test out the beta from the Google I/O 2017 keynote ahead of everyone else.
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.
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.
ZTE’s Axon 7 is receiving a small OTA update that’s set to roll out over the next 48 hours. It brings the device up to build B25, adding in a few key fixes and new features that users should be pretty happy with.
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.
The Axon 7 Mini will soon get a major software update. Before that happens, ZTE needs help. Recruiting is going on now for a selected team that will preview Android 7.1.1 Nougat on the phone prior to its public release.
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 They’re currently running an outdated version of Android.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.
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.
Maybe you shouldn’t put Android O on your phone or tablet today. After all, its current state is strictly meant for developers. You could end up with a useless device if you take the plunge and try Android O early on. So let’s just give you its first official wallpaper.