Android adopting quarterly maintenance updates, keeping developer previews

Android adopting quarterly maintenance updates, keeping developer previews
Android 7.0 Nougat started its official rollout today, but that isn't the only Android update news to be had. It turns out that Google is planning to be more structured with how it releases software updates going forward, although it is still unclear whether this structure and consistency will trickle down to Android manufacturers as well.

According to Google's vice president of engineering, Dave Burke, Android Nougat will be set on a new quarterly maintenance schedule. In fact, Google has already begun working on the first maintenance update for Nougat, which will be released as a developer preview "this fall." Burke doesn't say specifically, so it's unclear if the developer preview and the first quarterly maintenance update will both be released this fall or if the developer preview will come in the fall and the final version in the winter quarter. 

The claim also isn't made by Google that this will in any way speed up how quickly updates are pushed to non-Nexus devices, but moving to a more structured and consistent schedule complete with developer previews may have an effect. At the very least, it could make it easier for Google to draw up a map of the slowest OEMs and carriers when it comes to updates, which Google has been rumored to be considering.

Either way, it sounds like Google wants a better schedule, and Burke also said the first bug patch for Nougat will be out soon. 

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12 Comments

1. Creep

Posts: 193; Member since: Apr 05, 2016

2. tedkord

Posts: 17479; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

It was fixed several years ago. It's your brain that's lagging.

3. JC557

Posts: 1925; Member since: Dec 07, 2011

Not quite, read Anandtech's review of the Note 7. They go more in depth than most reviewers (overall but Pocketnow is just as in depth photography wise) and the reviewer noted that Touchwiz still has some work to do. Speaking of which, these android updates aren't responsible for speed increases with OEMs using custom skins but I'd trade some fluidity for features as I kinda hate how plain vanilla Android is (Moto Z is almost vanilla, and I like Sense best with Touchwiz being not too far inn2nd).

4. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

There you have it it's either snappy performance or features rich. I would rather just get the plain Nexus and download Novo Launcher Prime into it. This way my interface experience would be consistent regardless of phone manufacturer. Another problem I have with OEM skin is that they like to drop in and remove features at they own wimp. Each phone generation would need users to get adjusted. That's not very user friendly. For iOS user moving to Android just get Nexus their interface change is minimal each generation.

5. kiko007

Posts: 7521; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

I think HTC foes a good job with their skin. It has stock elements, and there's no lag to be found. So Nexus and HTC phones if I were to completely switch.

6. NoToFanboys

Posts: 3231; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

Agreed with the HTC part, I tried the One M9 last year out of curiosity, people were crying "One M9 SD810 throttle overheat blah blah blah", and yet, it was one of the fastest android phones I ever used.

7. JC557

Posts: 1925; Member since: Dec 07, 2011

I still have my One M8 and it's still smooth/ fluid despite all the apps and widgets. I wanted to go with the HTC 10 but decided to give the Moto Z Force a try and ended up keeping it. I still miss the Sense widgets and how it looked but maybe next time.

10. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4769; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

Oxygen has done a good job too. Stockish but with tweaks...Nougat has the double tap to switch back to the previous app but Oxygen has already implemented a tap and hold the back button for the previous app with OP3. I'm loving it.

8. JC557

Posts: 1925; Member since: Dec 07, 2011

Sense stayed the same for a while and people complained of it not changing. So it depends on what changes are made and what people are asking for. iOS may be simple on the surface but getting to the other settings requires some digging.

9. johnnyboy

Posts: 55; Member since: Aug 16, 2016

Even with these updates, android remains underdeveloped and unstable!

11. maple_mak

Posts: 953; Member since: Dec 18, 2013

Congratulation on getting banned, outdated iSheep!

12. Scott93274

Posts: 6040; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

Good old Johnnyboy lasted a whole week. lol, Makes you wonder how some people are able to get away with comments like that for years without consequence though...

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