Lenovo isn’t known for timely updates or showing any type of efficiency in this regard, so this news shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone. According to the company’s software upgrade chart, none of last year’s Phab2 smartphones, including the Phab2 Pro that was the first to feature Google’s Tango AR technology, will stick with Android Marshmallow and never get Nougat.
If I had to think of a reason why the Phab2 family won’t be getting Nougat, I’d say it’s because they ultimately flopped. The Phab2 Pro simply acted like a showcase to give consumers their first look at Tango and how its camera array worked. But as noted in our review, the phone simply isn’t meant for consumers and is just a big, clunky, AR-packed nightmare. It also wasn’t the most powerful, but what can you expect for $499?
All in all, as much as I’m not surprised to see these phones get upgraded to Android 7.0, I am disappointed. I was hoping Lenovo would at least give the sad consumers who bought the handset a decent software upgrade to continue on into next year with, especially since the preloaded software was practically in beta. But it looks like the end of the line has decided to come early. So considering the Phab2 Pro is practically dead at this point, if you still want Tango on your phone, maybe try the Asus ZenFone AR that, yes, comes with Nougat out of the box.