Saturday, 28 January 2017

Android Nougat Will Soon Be Obsolete - Here Is Why

Android Nougat

Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge users are just starting to get access to Android Nougat.

The update was released to some devices purchased directly from Samsung or on SIM only plans earlier this month.

However, anyone with a Galaxy S7 on contract from a UK mobile operator look likely to get Android Nougat in the coming weeks.

This is due to the networks having to test the software before it's pushed out to customers.

Testing is hugely important for operators as it gives them the chance to stop any bugs before the upgrade lands on devices.

So, as long as the networks are happy, all users of the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge should get Nougat next month.

The same delays have hit other phone manufacturers with HTC and Sony both halting the upgrade to Android Nougat.

In a statement Sony said: "We were made aware of reports from some users experiencing inconsistencies related to audio playback via third-party apps and SD card encrypted data read performance, after upgrading to Android 7.0, Nougat.

"We’ve identified the root cause and are aiming to provide corrective firmware and re-commence the rollout as soon as possible.”

Hopefully more Android devices will get Nougat in the coming months but by the time many get the upgrade it may already be outdated.

Google has just announced the date for its yearly I/O developers conference which will take place at the Shoreline Amphitheatre in Mountain View, California in May.

This is the 11th Google I/O developer conference and it's where the internet giant usually unveils its next operating system.

Last year Google announced Android Nougat during the event and this year should see the unveiling of Android 'O'.

This means, as many Android users are just upgrading, their operating system will instantly be out of date.

Android upgrades have always caused problems for users as there are so many different manufacturers that make these devices.

Each one of these companies has its own engineers, unique skins, apps and launchers that must become compliant with the newest version of Android.

It takes time for firms such as Samsung, LG and HTC to test Google's latest release before it can pushed out to customers.

Unless you have a Google-branded phone, such as the Pixel, you're unlikely to the see announcements made in May land on your phone until 2018.

If you're still waiting for Nougat it looks like you are in for a treat with some early adaptors applauding the new features.

Android Nougat brings a number of major improvements and upgrades, marking the Google’s most advanced software release to date.

These include a number of new emoji, Google’s new GIF keyboard, and “launcher shortcuts” which adds 3D-Touch-esque features to the homescreen.

Google originally announced Nougat last Summer with the internet giant's own-brand devices the first to get access to the new features.

To check if your Android phone is ready to updated head to Settings > About device > download updates manually.



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