Android 7.0 Nougat is rolling out to Nexus devices and soon, the update will be available for the flagships released by Google’s OEMs. HTC has announced that the first device that will be updated will be the HTC 10, by the end of the year, then it will be followed by the One M9 and A9. Sony has listed the Xperia Z3+, the Xperia Z5 range and the Xperia X & XA ranges of smartphones, while AT&T has confirmed that the Samsung Galaxy S6, S6 edge, S6 edge+, S7, S7 edge, Note 5 and Note 7 will be updated first. Unfortunately, users who own Sony’s Xperia Z3, HTC’s One M8 or even Google’s Nexus 5 won’t have access to Nougat’s new features because these smartphones are powered by a Snapdragon 800 or Snapdragon 801 processor, which is not supported by the new operating system.
This information comes from developer LlabTooFeR, which creased the MaximusHD ROM, who posted on Twitter that “Qualcomm will not release graphics drivers for 800/801 CPUs. So HTC One M8 and other devices based on this CPU won’t get official Android 7.0.” Qualcomm has told Android Authority that OEMs such as LG, Sony and HTC have concluded that the Snapdragon 800/801 devices have reached the end of their product life.
Sony has run an Android N Developer Preview program for its Xperia Z3 and users were pretty sure that this device will get the new software, but the company has never released Developer Preview 5 because of technical and legal reasons. “Yeah, this is sad but we don’t want to play the blame game which means that we can’t say more about the technical limitations. Even if we really wanted to give you N on the z3(c), we wouldn’t [have] been able to do it. Not if we wanted to pass the Google CTS,” said Ola Olsson, of Sony Mobile Communications, on Google+.
Everybody is blaming Google, because OEMs need its seal of approval to confirm the Android Compatibility Definition Document. After getting this document, each device needs to pass the Compatibility Test Suite. So, according to LlabTooFeR, Qualcomm doesn’t want to release the graphic drivers, while the OEMs depend on Google’s approval for the CDD.
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