Google is now known to be more than just taking over the Internet with its search engine as it is existing within other facets of the business world as well. With Android, it is even taking an enormously large piece of the mobile sector’s pie. It has been known that the Android operating system has historically been over the place. However, the last few years allowed users to enjoy roughly one major release per year. These patches did occasionally punctuated minor feature updates, and there is also the occasional security boosts. It would seem that the firm has taken notice of this and plans to do more moving forward.
Google Aims to Bring More Android Updates Moving Forward
In a very recent blog post by Google pertaining to the Android Nougat release, the company did suggest that the updates will be more frequent within the foreseeable future. The post states the following: “We’re moving Nougat into a new regular maintenance schedule over the coming quarters. In fact, we’ve already started work on the first Nougat maintenance release that will bring continued refinements and polish, and we’re planning to bring that to you this fall as a developer preview. Stay tuned!”
What does this mean? For one thing, it did strongly imply that there will be a quarterly(ish) release schedule for the new version of Google’s mobile operating system, as compared to one large announcement then followed by a major release that will take place a few months later. This is what has been happening with Lollipop, Marshmallow, and even Nougat.
With the announcement of a regular release, the company might be considering raising the bar in the competition with other mobile operating systems, more specifically that of Apple and Microsoft. Both contending companies do still to give more major changes and updates towards their own consumers as compared to Android. However, the Apple Beta Software Program, as well as Windows Insider Program, these programs release new builds throughout the year.
But what about Google? It would seem that the Internet giant is doing this as well, but not with the Android operating system, but that of their own Chrome OS. With the Chrome OS, which is more typically found in Chromebook laptops, the company offers continuous stable performance with a bunch of updates. Because of this recent announcement that the company will be doing similar operations to the Android system, it does explain some of the recent rumors pertaining to the Nexus devices, especially those that revolve around the “Nexus Launcher.”
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