Earlier this week, Google announced to roll out the seventh version of its Android operating system, named Nougat, to Nexus smartphones. However, a new report suggests that some phones from OnePlus, Xiaomi, Samsung, Sony and a few more will not receive the Android 7.0 Nougat update because of compatibility issues.
LlabTooFer, a known Android developer tweeted that numerous handsets powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 800/801 processor will not receive Android 7.0 Nougat update.
“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,” wrote on its twitter handle.
“Android 7.0 in AOSP has removed support for the MSM8974 chipset. The Snapdragon 800 SoC uses this chip along with the Adreno 330 GPU. This means phones (and tablets — hello, Nexus 7) using the Snapdragon 800 are not supported. But this doesn't explain why the Z3 was able to run the beta, and run it well. For that, Google Play compatibility comes into the picture,” reported Android Central.
Since both Nexus 5 and Nexus 7 are powered by the Snapdragon 800 SoC, they are not likely to support Nougat. Also, smartphones including HTC One M8, Sony Xperia Z3 and Z3 Compact, OnePlus One and OnePlus X, Xiaomi Mi4, Samsung Galaxy S5, Samsung Galaxy Note 3 and LG G3 will not be able to support the new Android version. Apart from these, there are many other smartphones which are based on Snapdragon 800/801 which will suffer similarly.
However, it is unsure if Google will make any changes later to enable support for these chipsets.
According to a listing on Wikipedia, a prominent source stated that Qualcomm is not releasing updates to the graphic drivers on the Snapdragon 200, 208, 210, 212, 400, 410, 412, 600, 800 and 801 chipsets.Handsets affected by Qualcomm's decision include the Samsung Galaxy S5, Samsung Galaxy Note 3, LG G3, LG Nexus 5, Sony Xperia Z3, Motorola Moto X 2nd. Gen., HTC One M8, OnePlus One, Xiaomi Mi4 and many other models.Sony initially released beta builds for Xperia Z3, but then later said there would not be a final release, because Snapdragon 801 don't support Vulkan API. Other unsupported processors are Exynos 5250, 5260, 5410, 5420, 5422, 5430, 5800, (Galaxy A7, A8, Alpha, S5, S5 Plus, Note 4, Note Pro, Tab Pro, Tab S, Meizu MX4 Pro), Exynos 7580 (Galaxy A7, A5 2016, S5 Neo), Mediatek MT6735, MT6753 (Desire 828, 830), Kirin 920, 925, 930, 935 (Honor 6, 7, Huawei P8, Mate S).
Supported processors are: Snapdragon 415, 430, 435, 615, 616, 617, 625, 650, 652, 805, 808, 810, 820, 821, Exynos ARMv8 5433, 7420, 7870, 8890, Kirin 950, 955, MediaTek with Mali MT6732, MT6722, Helio P10 (MT6755), Helio X20 (MT6797), MediaTek with PowerVR MT6595M, MT6595T, MT6595M, MT6795, MT8135, MT8173, MT8176, Helio X30 (MT679x), Atom Z3460, Z3480, Z3530, Z3560, Z3570, Z3580, Rockchip RK3368, Tegra K1, X1, GeForce 600, 700, 800, 900, 1000, etc.
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