Earlier this month Google noted on its Android Developer page that Android 7.0 Nougat has been installed on a mere 0.3% of all Android devices. The new mobile OS has been with us for several months now, but OEM seem to be taking longer than expected to start delivering it to their devices.
Interestingly Chinese OEMs appear to be more pro-active than a lot of the smartphone giants out there. Most of you aren’t probably familiar with Elephone, an affordable handset maker that produces impressive looking devices like S7.
Well guess what, the company’s P9000 model already has an Android 7.0 Nougat beta program available for it. Users can help test the build and report any bugs they find, so that the stable version gets released as soon as possible.
The P9000 is an affordable phone (around $255) which comes with a 5.5-inc IPS display with 1080p resolution plus a Helio P10 processor with 4GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage. Other specs include a 13MP/8MP camera couple, 3,000 mAh battery and a microSD card.
Now the question that comes to mind is, how come an obscure Chinese device maker is ahead in the game, instead of big shot companies like HTC, Motorola and Huawei? And Elephone is not the only one.
Chinese device maker OnePlus also announced its current OnePlus 3 and newly released OnePlus 3T will also get Nougat by the end of 2016. But there’s a caveat here – most of us were hoping that the OnePlus 3T would launch with Nougat out of the box, but that didn’t happen.
Xiaomi recently announced it is looking for alpha testers of MIUI 8 based on Android 7.0 for Mi5, so we know the device maker is actively working to bring the new built onboard of its flagships.
As for iconic Android OEMs, here’s what we know. Samsung has also kick started an Android 7.0 Nougat beta testing program for the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge. But what about the rest of its devices (older phones and mid-range models, tablets too)? We don’t know when Nougat will arrive.
LG is one of the few major OEM that has actually started offering the update. As we told you a few weeks ago, the company rolled out the Android 7.0 Nougat update for the LG G5 in South Korea. That means it should take several weeks before the new build reaches other territories as well. LG is also offering the V20 handset which comes with Android 7.0 Nougat pre-installed.
Moving on to HTC, it has been revealed in recent days (via a Twitter leakster) that the HTC 10 and One M9 are expected to be hit by Nougat in late November or early December…in Europe. That means US users will have some more to wait.
If you don’t want to wait, HTC has recently unveiled the HTC Bolt bound for Sprint, a phone that offers Android 7.0 Nougat out of the box. However the device takes advantage of last year’s Snapdragon 810.
Once at the forefront of update delivery, Motorola hasn’t done to well when it comes to Android 7.0. The company has singled out the Moto G, Moto X, and Moto Z series and Droid Turbo as phones which will probably get the update first, but so far Moto owners have been out of luck. Hopefully at least one or two of these phones will get updated before 2017, but we don’t have a concrete date.
Huawei has never been great with updates and this year is no exception. Although a leaked video showcasing the new build on the Mate 8 has leaked online, indicating the phone will be updated. When? Your guess is as good as ours. At least the company’s latest Huawei Mate 9 flagship comes with Nougat out of the box.
It seems that in 2016 Chinese companies are more committed towards updating their products. As for the iconic smartphone makers, they are taking their sweet time as always and some are even slowing down compared to past years.