Android updates – it only gets worse
With each release of a new update for the Android problem of supporting older devices is becoming more urgent and more painful. Despite the fact that Android 7.0 Nougat was released in the summer of last year, mass migration to this OS hasn’t started yet.
The release of the next major Android update 7.0 Nougat for smartphones Samsung Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge should take place from day to day. However, as it became known, the manufacturer has decided to postpone the update. This was reported in the Twitter account of the British division of Samsung.
Samsung is mainly hardware manufacturers. The company earns money when the device is purchased by the consumer or operator. This means that every ounce of effort they invest in the production of updates for devices already present on the market, eats up the profit from this sale.
This is true not only for Samsung, but for any manufacturer who chooses Android. All of them have no incentive to support your device with software updates firmware after the release of the next flagship model.
Not surprisingly, now the most widespread version of Android is Lollipop, released in 2014. The actual Android operating system 7.0 Nougat made his debut on 22 August 2016, and the latest Android version 7.1.2 Nougat was released in February. The new operating system Google is already half a year, but its share among all OS versions does not exceed 1.2%.
Of course, this problem not only Samsung, it’s a systemic issue with Android in General. Manufacturers of Android phones do not see the benefits to invest in the development updates. And something they can understand, because of this that they still do not receive any compensation.
What’s the best way to solve this problem? Apple has decided to create their own hardware and software parts. You will then have an incentive to create a platform that will delight their users, to build loyalty and a reason to continue development of updates for them.
Meanwhile, the launch date for Android 7.0 Nougat Samsung flagships in 2015 remains unknown. According to a network schedule updates, the process was to begin on February 27. Now start update postponed for an indefinite period of time.