There are now approximately 1.4 billion Android users globally, 107.7 million of them in the U.S. alone. It remains to have the biggest slice of the worldwide smartphone market at 53.3 percent with an average of 1.5 million devices activated daily.
Staggering numbers for sure, but despite this wide adoption rate, or maybe because of it, one of the biggest issues for Google's operating system still remains.
Fragmentation, the disparity in the operating system versions across a multitude of devices, is a long-running problem that's been plaguing Google for years. Due to the open-source nature of Android and hundreds of manufacturers churning out thousands of Android devices, this is an issue that's not going to be solved anytime soon.
With the impending release of the latest Android version, 7.0 Nougat, in late September of this year, this fragmentation is just going to get worse.
Similar to other past Android updates, this new version is not going to roll out to all devices at the same time. Depending on the Android model and manufacturer, it may take months before the update becomes available if at all.
Chances are, if your Android device is two years old or older, you are not going to get this shiny new version, so better start thinking about upgrading your device soon.
Simply put, if your device is not getting the latest security patches and bug fixes anymore, you are exposing yourself to exploits and threats that may bite you down the line.
Although Google has tried solving fragmentation with their Nexus and Android One projects, phone manufacturers and carriers still can't seem to get their acts together in standardizing the update process for all the phone models they are releasing.
These staggered and inconsistent rollouts leave many devices with older software versions that are vulnerable to unpatched hacker exploits.
With the fast-paced advancements in the realm of consumer technology, sadly, older devices will always be rendered obsolete once the manufacturers decide to pull the plug on future updates. It's the tech world's version of the circle of life.
So which Android phones are most likely to get the Nougat update?
It's not easy to speculate, but here's what tech experts are saying. This is not a definitive list so don't lose hope if your model is not on it.
- Galaxy Note 7
- Galaxy Note 5
- Galaxy S7
- Galaxy S7 edge
- Galaxy S6
- Galaxy S6 edge
- Galaxy S6 edge+
- Nexus 6
- Nexus 5X
- Nexus 6P
- LG G5
- Moto Z
- Moto G4
- Moto X Play
- Moto X Style
- HTC 10
- HTC One A9
- HTC One M9
- OnePlus 3
- Honor 5X
So what do you think about the 7.0 Nougat update and Android's state of fragmentation? Drop us a comment below!