Official: No Android 7.0 Nougat updates for Lenovo's Phab2 series

It looks like Lenovo is done with updates for the Phab2 series, even though some of the smartphones were launched less than a year ago. For some reason, the Chinese company has decided that the Phab2 Pro, the first widely-available Tango-enable smartphone, is not worth the trouble and should remain on Android 6.0 Marshmallow.

Along with the Phab2 Pro, four other smartphones will not receive any other major Android OS updates: Lenovo Phab, Phab Plus, Phab2, and Phab2 Plus. The first two will remain on Android 5.0 Lollipop, while the other two will not be updated beyond Android 6.0 Marshmallow.

On related news, two Lenovo tablets that were launched on the market last year have been denied Android 7.0 Nougat updates as well: Lenovo Tab3 7 Essential and Tab3 10 Business. The former will remain stuck on Android 5.0 Lollipop, whereas the latter will stay on Android 6.0 Marshmallow.

Now that the Chinese handset maker basically dropped support for the entire Phab series, is there any reason to buy any of the new Phab smartphones that Lenovo might plan to launch in the future?

source: Lenovo via AndroidPolice



1. kiko007

Posts: 7525; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

L.O.f**king.L That's terrible support if I've ever seen it.

3. sgodsell

Posts: 7621; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

It also has to do with Tango as well. Because I noticed their development Tablet stayed on KitKat as well. It was never upgraded. Even though the hardware was really good with 4 gb of ram and 128 GB of expandable storage. The development Tablet launched on June 2014, and was supported until May 2017. So 3 years with the same KitKat OS. Although there were updates, and patches, it stayed with KitKat. So I guess the same will happen here as well. But why do you care kiko007. You only own and use iPhone's.

4. kiko007

Posts: 7525; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

"You only own and use iPhone's." You sure about that, champ? Pretty sure I've made it clear I use both fairly often.

5. sgodsell

Posts: 7621; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

Then please explain why you always cut up and put down Android on every article you post, yet you always defend and pump up Apple and iPhone's on every article. Myself, and I am sure everyone here cant wait for you to explain that.

7. Zylam

Posts: 1824; Member since: Oct 20, 2010

He calls out Apple and Android on their faults because neither one is perfect. The problem is in the fandroids that think Android is perfect and that all the Apple users are mindless sheep. Ironically almost none of them are using "actual" Android, but instead a heavily skinned version that's probably 2 versions behind. LOL. I use all 3 OS's and call out each one of them on their faults, just because fandroids are insecure and can't comprehened Android having any problems doesn't make Kiko or anyone else a straight up "iPhone only" user. I prefer Android but it has its share of problems, just deal with it.

9. sgodsell

Posts: 7621; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

Zylam clearly you can't read. Oh, and I know every OS has its share of problems. Because if you did read my posts, then you would know that kiko007 always cuts up Android and Android devices. Yet he will defend and pump up Apple and iPhones on every article. It's like you are here to defend kiko007. Also I gave a reason why it's stuck on a particular version of Android, which no one addressed. I am not defending why it's stuck on a version of Android, and I am not defending it. I think it should be updated. But it still doesn't change the fact that kiko007 is always cutting up every Android article and pumping up and defending Apple.

12. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

Zylam, quite the opposite. We are very aware of the problem with Android. In fact, I have warned about buying a phone from shady sources that could put malware into ROM and sell the phone at a lower price. Worse they could even bootloader lock the phone to prevent the buyer from flashing back to official ROM. Happen to me, good thing I am able to return the phone and get my money back. Bottomline, you get what you pay for and if the deal is too good to be true, it's normally is. Apple or Android, it's a preference don't let anyone tell you otherwise.

2. legiloca

Posts: 1676; Member since: Nov 11, 2014

I don't trust Lenovo when it comes to updates, you're left at the mercy of either 1 year of update or no update at all and Motorola devices are affected too (see Moto G3 and some Moto E devices got screwed over) whereas when the Moto G 1st gen (when they were under Google's wing) received 2 years of updates plus getting upgraded right away even when the update is minor like 4.4.2 and 4.4.4. Google never should've sold Moto to Lenovo

6. collin3000

Posts: 70; Member since: Apr 28, 2015

Wow. I honestly can't believe Google isn't personally yelling at them. Not even 1 generation of support for the first tango device makes it seem like they (Google) aren't really confident in how tango will - long term - change the game.

8. Zylam

Posts: 1824; Member since: Oct 20, 2010

So this will be the new standard? Oems just straight up saying, yea get lost we're not going to bother upgrading your phone. But it's alrite, all the Android users here apparently don't care about the latest version of Android as they've mentioned a million times. LOLOLOL As if they even have a choice with that heavily skinned garbage they are defending.

10. Marslander

Posts: 161; Member since: Jan 08, 2015

Well that blows. I was considering getting a Phab 2 Pro because I wanted a large display phone, but screw that if they're not even going to bother with updates.

11. skyline88

Posts: 701; Member since: Jul 15, 2013

once you go Tango, you'll never get Updato.


Posts: 134; Member since: Feb 21, 2016

Is another family of devices going to be discontinued along with Zuk and Vibe? Lol

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