Manufacturer customized versions of Android have been a pain for purists since time immemorial. One reason for that is because they end up delaying Android software updates. But despite all the hate that Android gets for this, haven’t these manufacturer tweaked flavors like Samsung’s Grace UX or Xiaomi’s MIUI contributed anything meaningful?
Android 7.0 Nougat
Unlike Marshmallow which was all about stability and under the hood improvements, Android is 7.0 and 7.1 Nougat come with plenty of new features and enhancements to play around with. In fact so much so, that even power Android users will not be able to list all the new features in the OS in one go.
A slightly dramatic headline, admittedly, but accurate. You see, Android 6.0 and above uses new systems from Google to help extend battery life: ‘Doze’, which restricts what apps can do in the background when a phone is stationary and unused, and ‘App Standby’, which does much the same thing but is based on how long it is since you last used a particular application. In either case, certain applications can be accidentally affected – but here’s how to keep them chugging along.
Samsung has already updated the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge to Android 7.0 Nougat, but there are more devices out there that would benefit from the latest version of the mobile operating system.
The rollout of OxygenOS 4.0 based on Android 7.0 Nougat for the OnePlus 3 and OnePlus 3T has not gone particularly well for OnePlus. The update is riddled with bugs and stability issues thereby frustrating a lot of OnePlus 3/3T owners. OnePlus tried fixing things by rolling out a quick hotfix OxygenOS 4.0.1 update but accidentally shipped it with a debugging kernel and had to pull the update soon after.
Samsung has finally started rolling out the Nougat update for the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge. While it was initially believed that the final Nougat update for the handsets would be based on Android 7.1, that is not the case. The build being rolled out by Samsung is still based on Android 7.0, though it does feature the January security patch.
Against all odds, OnePlus actually met their own deadline for the Android 7.0 Nougat update, with the update for both OnePlus 3 and 3T going live just hours before the deadline – 1st Jan 2017. And this is a stable release. And in true OnePlus spirit, it mostly steers close to the stock Android, with a bit of tweaking here and there.
Just about managing to stick to its word, OnePlus started rolling out the Android 7.0 Nougat update for the OnePlus 3 and OnePlus 3T from last night. Since this is a gradual rollout, it is unlikely that you will receive the update instantly on your device. Nonetheless, there are a few tricks that you can try to get the Nougat update on your handset right away.
Just about managing to stick to its words, OnePlus co-founder Carl Pei today announced through Twitter that the official Nougat update has started rolling out for the OnePlus 3 and 3T.
Samsung has officially confirmed through its recently concluded Galaxy Beta Program for the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge that it plans on rolling out the official Nougat update for the handsets in January. Samsung gave Galaxy S7 and S7 edge owners from across the world a chance to test Nougat on their handset before its official release and submit bug reports to them.