Android 6.0 Marshmallow is still running on less than 20% of all Android devices, yet the release of Android Nougat, its successor, is probably days or weeks away from official release.
There is no doubt that last year’s version of Android has been extra slow when it comes to rolling out. But who’s to blame? Apparently, fragmentation is the course for all this. What this means is that there are numerous Android OEMs with varied hardware that also require specific optimizations and customizations in order to work properly with the OS. What this means is that each OEM takes a lot of time working on both hardware and software optimizations, a period that usually follows after Google has released the complete stock OS.
With this in mind, there are high chances that the story could be the same for Android Nougat. Google is expected to release this OS sometime next month. When this happens, only Nexus users can get the OS at about the same time. As for those using other OEMs’ handsets, they’ll have to wait for these companies to take the OS to their labs and tinker with it before finally availing it for download on their specific devices.
Usually, Samsung rolls out software updates to its newest flagships before moving on to the previous models. We’ve seen it happen this year with the Galaxy Note 5, Galaxy S6 Edge+ and later on Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge. These were then followed by the likes of Samsung Galaxy S5 and Galaxy Note 4, both from 2014. This year saw Samsung unveil Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge. These two handsets are powered by Android Marshmallow out of the box, but being the newest members of the Galaxy S series, they will be the first to receive Android Nougat update.
Still, they could be overtaken by the yet to be released Samsung Galaxy Note 7, which should be out this coming Tuesday. There were reports that the device will come with Android Nougat out of the box, but this is highly unlikely since the OS has not been announced just yet. Following in the Marshmallow footsteps, the South Korean company will follow up this year’s models by rolling out the same update to Galaxy Note 5, Galaxy S6 Edge+ as well as the 5.1-inch Galaxy S6 models.
As for the 2014 models, which include the Galaxy Note 4 and Galaxy S5, chances are high that the Marshmallow update was probably the last major software update for these two. Of course, this follows the notion that these updates usually come to devices that are less than two years old.
Whether Samsung will avail the new Android Nougat to a series of its new Galaxy A, C, and J handsets is still unknown. This is especially since a good number of them are yet to be updated to the current version, apart from the few that came in this year based on Android Marshmallow out of the box.
HTC has seemingly confirmed that three handsets – HTC 10, HTC One A9 and the One M9 will receive Android Nougat before the end of this year. We expect a similar case with Samsung’s 2016 flagship releases, but the Korean company hasn’t said a word regarding this matter.