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No Nougat updates for the Lenovo Phab lineup

Lenovo Phab2 Android phablet will not receive Nougat update
Lenovo Phab2
Although not upgrading the software of the original 2015 Phab handset anymore is something one would expect, Lenovo has decided to leave the Project Tango AR-enabled Phab2 Pro without an Android Nougat update as well.

Lenovo is not one of the best Android handset makers when it comes to software support and, unfortunately, they have just proved it once again. Earlier this week, the Chinese company updated the Android Upgrade Matrix page that covers the upgrade plans for smartphones and tablets, revealing that there will be no more updates for the Phab lineup.

The list of Phab devices affected is quite long, and some of them will remain stuck with Android 5.0 Lollipop, for example the original Phab and Phab Plus, both released back in 2015. The other members of the Phab family, namely the Phab2, Phab2 Plus, and Phab2 Pro all arrived with Android 6.0 Marshmallow and will not get Android 7.0 Nougat.

Lenovo recently decided to drop its Vibe Pure UI-customized firmware development and to stick with pure Android ROMs. Unfortunately, it looks like this implies dropping support for US$500 devices less than a year since their release on the market. This is definitely not something that would earn them customer satisfaction points, but maybe they change their mind soon. If not, there are quite a few capable community-driven Android forks to choose from.


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Codrut Nistor, 2017-08-11 (Update: 2017-08-11)