HTC is building two Nexus 2016 smartphones for Google this year. The HTC Sailfish and HTC Marlin will run Android 7.0 Nougat straight out of the box.
Every year, Google?s OS brings in new features and noteworthy enhancements to the Android devices in general. However, the Nexus handsets are special because they run stock Android without any custom UI overload. Being a Google device, you might think there should be something special or at least something different from the rest of the OEMs. Yes, this is apparently true, especially with the powerful Android Nougat onboard.
Thanks to Nougat, the upcoming?Google Nexus 2016 smartphones will come with ?seamless updates.? This particular feature of this OS will make the installation of firmware or security updates much easier and efficient.
To be specific, with the new OS, the software installations will happen at the background. This means you don?t have to stop whatever you were doing until the system completes the process. You can do your work and the system will update the device all at the same time.
To top it off, the installations wouldn?t even require an immediate restart and there will apparently be no irritating app optimizations. However, for this feature to take effect, the Android handsets may have to dedicate some native storage space to the OS,?BGR noted.
The prominent developer LlabTooFeR apparently knows a thing or two about HTC?s plans for?Nougat. He has a history of predicting HTC related news perfectly, similar to how KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo predicts Apple related news.
Curious fact about Android N for upcoming HTC Nexus phones,all partitions will be doubled..What a waste of storage.. pic.twitter.com/OM44oAzdDq
— LlabTooFeR (@LlabTooFeR) August 22, 2016
According to him, the seamless update feature is headed to the HTC Nexus 2016 handsets. However, he thinks this feature might turn out to be a headache rather than being useful.
It is worth reminding that Nexus handsets do not come with microSD card slots. Hence, users have to rely on the native storage alone. With such a handicap, will?Android Nougat slow down the Nexus 2016 devices, or for that matter, any compatible Nexus handset?
As it turns out, the upcoming devices will come equipped with 32GB and 128GB of built-in storage space, unlike the current-generation models. Perhaps, Google is getting rid of the 16GB variant altogether. Even Apple has been rumored to have ditched the 16GB version for 32GB in its?iPhone 7 lineup.
However, even with 32GB storage onboard, the toll this seamless update takes on the device would be substantial. It remains to be seen though if Google would allow the user to disable this feature.
In any case, readers should note that neither Google nor HTC has confirmed this news.