Why Your Older Android Phone Won’t Get Nougat



Ars Technica reports on the disjointed world of Android and why many older phones will never get the latest iteration of the mobile operating system:

After doing some digging and talking to some people, we can say that it will be either very difficult if not completely impossible for any phone that uses Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 800 or 801 to get an official, Google-sanctioned Nougat update (including the Z3). And that’s a pretty big deal, since those two chips powered practically every single Android flagship sold from late 2013 until late 2014 and a few more recent devices to boot.

This situation has far-reaching implications for the Android ecosystem. And while it can be tempting to lay the blame at the feet of any one company — Google for creating this update mess in the first place, Qualcomm for failing to support older chipsets, and the phone makers for failing to keep up with new software — it’s really kind of everybody’s fault.

You will get updates to Google Play, but not to the operating system itself. Sadly, that’s just the way the world of Android works.

In summery, there’s plenty of blame to go around:

  • Your phone maker (and cellular carrier) for providing poor support for older phones and slow updates for current ones.
  • Qualcomm, for responding to the lack of OEM demand by totally dropping support for chips that are, at most, three years old.
  • Google, possibly for raising the performance requirements for Android and definitely for creating this chaotic update situation in the first place.

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