Google has actually formally rolled out the most up to date version of Android, variation 7.0 Nougat. Essentially, it looks terrific. Among its numerous additions are a multi-window mode that allows you run two apps onscreen at the same time, a more polished as well as qualified alert panel, and, naturally, more emojis. It’s not a significant upgrade, yet it’s a progression.
The concern, as always, is that very few people are actually visiting it – at the very least not while it’s new.
According to Google’s Android developer control panels, 15.2% of Android clients were utilizing version 6.0 Marshmallow since August 1. That’s two times as much market share as it had this previous Could, but still a fairly percentage for an update that’s been readily available for 10 months. On the other hand, 35.5% of users got on some kind of Android 5.0 Lollipop, while 29.2% were on Android 4.4 KitKat, which introduced in late 2013.
This fragmentation trouble is anything yet brand-new for Google, but it’s worth stating with today’s launch: Android is beholden to the gadget manufacturers that utilize it, in addition to the carriers that service those OEMs’ tools. Every year, few of those business can and/or willing to supply their consumers with every little thing their devices could do.
Recently, a chunk of them have not even committed to presenting of Google’s monthly safety and security updates on time, placing an already undecided item of software application when it come to keeping information protect on also shakier ground.
As threadbare as it is to state, it has to be kept in mind that iOS does not have this trouble. Baseding upon Apple’s programmer assistance web page, 87% of iDevice customers got on the current iOS 9 update as of August 15. Another 10% got on 2014’s iOS 8 upgrade, while just 3% got on anything before that.
This does not imply iOS is “far better” compared to Android. Rather, it’s one more reminder that Google encounters architectural, industry-wide concerns that Apple has actually done well to bypass. (Though it’s permitted Google to have a much higher international market share.).
Android Nougat not does anything to fix them. Now, the only method to ensure you become those updates fast is to get a Nexus tool. Even that has its restrictions, though – Google verified on Monday that Nougat’s rollout doesn’t relate to 2013’s Nexus 5 phone or Nexus 7 tablet computer, a quicker cutoff compared to just what Apple’s finishing with iOS 10.
Past that, Google would certainly either need to make some type of significant technological modification that enables it to upgrade Android itself, or some sort of significant legal adjustment that places much more pressure on Android-using companies to push updates faster.
Or, as has actually been rumored, Google might attempt developing its very own apple iphone competitor, cutting those third parties off at the knees. (My colleague Kif Leswing has actually made a case for this before.).
Whatever occurs, Nougat is what we have actually got today. Right here’s hoping you don’t need to wait also lengthy to see it.