Years later, everyone now knows that there are upsides and downsides to every software platform, and Android is no different in this regard. And there's one downside in particular that continues to rear its ugly head time and time again.
Google's latest version of Android is called Android 7 Nougat, and it’s packed full of great new features. Some of the popular ones include the brilliant new software update mechanism, and Google's new "Instant Apps" feature that lets users start trying an app instantly without having to purchase or even download anything from the Google Play store.
Android 7.0 Nougat was first released on 22 August 2016, and the latest version, Android 7.1.2 Nougat, was released in late February. Google's new OS is now six months old, and it's well on its way to becoming the world's most popular version of Android ... at some point in late 2018.
That' right, it will be two years before the majority of Android phones gain access to some version of Android 7, and by then Android 9 will have been released. According to Google’s own data, the most common version of Android right now is Android Lollipop, which was first released two years ago back in 2014. Meanwhile, the six-month-old Android Nougat is currently installed on a pathetically low 1.2 percent of active Android devices.
This story is as painful to read over and over again as it is to write over and over again, but that makes it no less important. It is more painful to think about after Samsung announced this: "The software update for the Samsung Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge has been delayed while we review its quality."
Samsung's Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge were released just 22 months ago, and to this day they remain two of Samsung's most popular smartphones ever. Millions and millions of people purchased them since they were the first Samsung phones to feature a design and build quality that matched the killer performance and beautiful displays that Samsung has always been known for.
Plenty of those phones are still in use since most people do not upgrade their smartphones every year, and yet all those flagship phones that were purchased for US$ 650+ still don't have access to Google's six-month-old Android update.
Hopefully, Samsung manages to release Android N for the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge before Android O is released in the coming months.