Despite Google’s best efforts, device fragmentation remains an ongoing and frustrating problem for Android users. So while Google may be understandably boasting about the benefits and perks of Android 7.0 Nougat, the reality is that many Android users will be left out in the cold with no ability to upgrade whatsoever.
According to a recent report from Ars Technica, Android devices that employ either Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 800 or 801 processor cannot be upgraded to Nougat. To put it mildly, this has far-reaching ramifications because “those two chips powered practically every single Android flagship sold from late 2013 until late 2014, and a few more recent devices to boot.”
Now it’s one thing for some cheap off-the shelf Android handset to be stuck with an antiquated mobile OS, but when Android flagships can’t even get in on the upgrade action, well, that’s got to be extremely frustrating for users who might reasonably expect device support for a few years.