While Android enthusiasts understandably celebrated the highly anticipated public rollout of a final, fully polished 7.0 Nougat build a couple of days ago, it’s important to remember this also marks the beginning of another major struggle.
OEMs will now start over-promising and under-delivering, missing their own self-imposed deadlines, snubbing popular, relatively new devices, or worse yet, they’ll stay completely mum on the matter, never really issuing any sort of update roadmap, leaving us wondering, speculating and doubting everything.
On that note, at least Sony is being forward and candid once again, confirming Android 7.0 Nougat will officially be made available… eventually for the Xperia Z3+, Z4 Tablet, Z5, Z5 Compact, Z5 Premium, Xperia X, XA, XA Ultra and X Performance.
Great news, right? Well, not exactly, as the list omits way too many products we felt were more than qualified for the latest OS makeover. The most shocking oversight is hands down the Xperia Z3, Sony’s flagship phone from the fall of 2014, i.e. less than two years ago.
Not only does the 5.2-incher still sport robust hardware even by today’s standards, but Sony allowed its owners to have a taste of early, unpolished Nougat treats since April. Then there’s the Z3 Compact, the Z3 Tablet Compact, both of which saw daylight roughly 23 months back as high-end models, not to mention the summer 2015-released upper mid-range M5 and C5 Ultra. Surely, a second announcement is coming, with more Xperias added to the 7.0 roadmap. Maybe. Hopefully.