Users of Android powered mobile devices know exercises of patience all too well, especially when it comes to waiting for the latest version of Google’s mobile operating system to make its way to their smartphones and tablet devices, particularly those not made by Google. Still, some phone makers are quicker than others (like LG), while for the rest, it often takes months.
But owners of OnePlus devices are in for an advanced holiday treat. According to Brian Yoon, the head of software of OnePlus, the Chinese phone maker is working on an Android Nougat beta community build that should roll out to the OnePlus 3 before the end of November. And if everything falls in the right place, OnePlus 3 users can fully expect their handsets to be updated to Nougat by December. On top of that, Yoon has stated that older OnePlus models, like the OnePlus 2 for instance, will soon get updated as well.
It took a bit of time for OnePlus to get its Nougat updates going this year, especially after it had to undergo a significant restructuring of its organization. A few months ago, the company decided to combine the teams working on HydrogenOS (the mobile operating system OnePlus was developing for the Chinese smartphone market) and OxygenOS (the OS for all the other mobile markets). The move was a wise one -- OnePlus after all needed to boost the speeds in which it deployed software updates to its devices, especially after some its customers have already started complaining about the long wait. By merging its software teams, the company managed to get more things done and quicker.
As for Google’s Android Nougat, the past few days have seen only good news. About three days ago, LG announced that its flagship device, the G5, was getting updated with the newest version of Android, effectively making the smartphone the first handset not made by Google to get Android Nougat. And then a couple of days later, another South Korean mobile giant, Samsung, revealed that it was already commencing the deployment of Android Nougat (albeit by way of its Galaxy Beta program) to its own flagship offerings, the Galaxy S7 and the Galaxy S7 Edge. As evidence by the latest announcement from OnePlus, more Android phone makers are bound to follow. Android updates are notoriously slow, although it is far from being Google’s fault -- phone makers and wireless carriers have to do their testing first before a new version of Android can be rolled out to their respective devices.
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