Google promised that a Developer Preview for Android 7.1 Nougat along with SDK tools would be made available to developers in October. True to their word, Google recently made all this available through their Android Beta Program. So developer or not, as long as you’re signed up to the program, you get to play with the latest mobile OS for Android devices.
Given Google’s predilection for releasing their newest Android versions for equally newer devices, it’s natural for users of older smartphone models to complain. After all, Android updates do feature many essential patches for security flaws.
The call for inclusion is the cry of a petition filed on change.org for ASUS devices. Three major requests were highlighted in the petition:
- The need to provide Android 7.1 Nougat to ASUS devices.
- The need to stop abandoning Android support for ASUS devices.
- The need to eliminate bloatware and in-app advertising.
The petition, filed by Anthony Van Dyck, would go out to ASUS, Qualcomm, Intel and others when it reaches 7,500 signatures. As of this writing, the petition has 6,135 supporters – it only needs 1,365 to succeed.
While it’s true that newer Android versions are much more stable on equally newer devices, there are some older models that have hardware able to handle newer Android releases – this is what the petition is calling for. Rather than users buying newer handsets just to get the latest OS, why not continue support for devices that are more than able to handle the pressures of Nougat 7.1?
The petition also calls for the removal of bloatware (software users don’t want but manufacturers add in anyway) and annoying advertisements in useful apps. According to the petition, their presence is an annoyance to the user experience.
This petition is similar to the one filed by Van Dyck for Lenovo devices. While petitions like this are a good way to let companies know about the grievances of users, it still needs action from those businesses listed in the petition to truly bring about change.