Until this weekend, the ZTE Axon 7 was running on the August patch level of Android 7.1.1. The phone manufacturer was hinting that Oreo could be provided, and a few leaks have shown Android 8.0 running on the device. My assumption was that ZTE was just holding off on updates until their build of Android 8.0 is ready.
Today, my phone was updated to Android 7.1.1 with the December patch level.
To me, this says that – well, one, the Blueborne and KRACK vulnerabilities are finally fixed. Two: if ZTE was holding out on updates until Android 8.0, then they no longer expect to ship it in the immediate future. They could still be working on it, and I’m guessing that they are unless they found a showstopper bug that simply cannot be worked around, but it’s slower than they projected.
That said, I’m glad that ZTE is still patching their device, two years later. The availability of updates is a major factor in my choice of which phone to buy. While I’ve had some hiccups with it, it’s been well worth the price, and software support is a big differentiator in that category. Sure, it’s not going to compete with Google’s first-party devices, especially in terms of update frequency, but it’s not competing with Google’s first-party devices.
Let’s see how long the support will last.
You picked wisely.
You picked wisely. Conversely, my Le Eco S3 and Honor 5X have been very solidly abandoned. 🙁
I love that they are doing
I love that they are doing better with pushing out more updates. For a budget flagship device traditionally one of the main flaws is only about 1 year of software support, but the Axon 7 has gotten support closer to what you find in far more expensive devices, and a very uncommon planned OS version update. This device started off with Android 6.
ZTE often updates older versions of an OS, even if a new version is planned, it does not mean there is a delay with a new version. They did the same with the update from android 6 to 7.
I just got the update too.
I just got the update too. I’ve been meaning to load up LineageOS on this thing but it’s nice to get security updates while still on stock Android.