It seems that Google wants to speed up the development of its operating system again. Before the latest releases we used to see updates every six months, but lately I was betting on a big annual update. Well, now statements from the company itself suggest that Android 7.0 Nougat will receive quarterly updates
Google itself has indicated this in one of its official blogs, stating that Android 7.0 Nougat is going to receive regular maintenance releases in the coming quartersMoreover, it is clearly stated that the first update is already being worked on, and that it will be offered to developers this fall, although its arrival date for the general public is not specified. Of course, this excludes the current monthly security patches, which remain unchanged.
Just yesterday was the launch of Android 7.0 Nougat and, although it brings important new features such as multi-window, when we reviewed its main new features we saw that it was not too different from its predecessor. Perhaps the secret is that new features will be added little by little.
For example, Google's new virtual reality platform hasn't arrived with Android 7.0 Nougat. Since this is a very important functionality, it is obvious that an update will be necessary to add it. Also, Android 7.0 Nougat hasn't come out with new Google phones. So we imagine that the new 2016 Nexus will bring a more current version of the system.
The big problem with Android has always been fragmentation: smartphones that come out with old versions of the operating system, or that don't update to the new ones throughout their lives. Quarterly releases of Android 7.0 Nougat will make it very difficult for phones outside of the Nexus range to be fully up to date, but at the same time it allows manufacturers to always have a recent version of the system available to include. So we don't know if the strategy will work.
Although Google hasn't confirmed any specific dates, the way it has promised updates for Android 7.0 Nougat can only make us think of Quarterly Releases It's clear that there is still a lot of news to be received about this operating system.
What do you think of this topic? Would you like Android 7.0 Nougat to be updated every three months, or do you prefer a big annual release?