Android 7 rollout disintegrates
Users for a growing list of Android 7 capable and qualified devices are expressing disappointment as they learn that their Nougat update path has been temporarily shelved. Engineers are headed back to the lab with Nougat covered hands in an attempt to find out what went wrong.
While some OEM’s aren’t giving detailed information as to why the decision to stop the upgrade was made, Android partner Sony, has stated in non-specific language that users impacted by the initial roll-out are experiencing audio issues, 3rd party application issues, and the encryption schema for the expansion card isn’t performing satisfactorily in the context of memory read times.
Samsung, ASUS, HTC and Sony have discontinued their efforts to propagate the Googs mobile operating system update to 7.0 or 7.1.1 on some popular devices until these, and possibly other issues are resolved.
Asus Philippines was the initial point rollout for Nougat on 2 versions of Zenfone 3, the precursor for a global OTA update. However, due to issues that were not disclosed by ASUS.
Shortly after the announcement, a petition went up on change.org to place some public powered muscle on ASUS to support their customers.
The company’s last year flagship, HTC 10 received the Android 7.0 Nougat update a few months ago, but not all devices took advantage before the upgrade was pulled. Last week HTC Germany announced that due to some bugs, the Android 7.0 Nougat rollout has been put on hold.
Customers in Europe who own the HTC 10 and haven’t yet received Android 7.0 Nougat, will have to wait until the company’s engineers fix these unforeseen issues that prevent it from continuing the deployment of the update.
As of the time of this writing, it is reported that this morning, HTC 10 OTC efforts In the UK are starting to come back online.
Sony has been the most forthcoming with information that impacts the Xperia line of handsets and tablets:
“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.”
Last week, Samsung S7 and S7 Edge owners were overjoyed to hear that Nougat certified devices on T-Mobile would be getting the OTA a week early after a previous delay. The commitment to that release, however, never came to fruition. While other T-Mobile devices like the LG Gpad X8 did complete a successful migration, T-Mobile hasn’t updated the status of their OTA rollout for the Samsung line.http://videos.videopress.com/Nx0FAFQL/img_9467.mov
Android 7.0 Nougat brings with it features such as quick switch between apps, multi-view window and work mode. Double tapping on the overview/ recent apps button will allow users to switch between two most recently used apps, while multi-window view will allow two apps to run side by side. Work Mode, on the other hand, allows users to turn off the phone’s work apps when not at your work, making for a balanced work-life balance.
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