Announced in 2016, the Lenovo K6 Power and Gionee S6s are two budget phones that very few expected to receive the update to Android 7.0 Nougat. However, it’s happening as at the time of this writing – in India.
The Lenovo K6 Power was released in November 2016 while the Gionee S6s came in August of the same year. Both devices were preinstalled with Android 6.0 Marshmallow out of the box, but owners of the duo can now speak the same language as many others who own high-end phones from 2016.
Where the Lenovo K6 Power is getting an update that carries software version K33_S222_170523_ROW with a weight of about 1.6GB, the Gionee S6s is receiving an OTA update that carries software version V8385 and weighs a massive 2GB.
This is a great moment for those who own any of these two phones, especially since the Nougat treat comes at a time when quite a number of high-end and midrange handsets from 2016 and 2015 have yet to see this same treat.
Just so as you know, the Lenovo K6 Power comes with a low-end Snapdragon 430 SoC that is paired with a decent 3GB or 4GB RAM and a massive 4000mAh battery unit. It has a 5-inch Full HD display screen, a 13MP lens on the back and an 8MP sensor on the front. It also includes a rear-mounted fingerprint scanner for authentication.
As for the Gionee S6s, you get a bigger 5.5-inch display screen with same Full HD resolution, a MediaTek MT6753 SoC under the hood that is paired with 3GB RAM and a smaller 3150mAh battery unit. The back of the phone has a 13MP lens while the front has an 8MP shooter for selfies. Similar to the Lenovo K6 Power, you also get a rear-mounted fingerprint scanner.
Since the updates to Android 7.0 Nougat are rolling out to the duo over the air, it will take time before all units receive the OTA notification. However, don’t panic because it won’t be long before the OS comes your way.
You may also try a manual update by heading to Settings>About phone>System updates>Check for updates, but make sure you are connected to the internet via Wi-Fi since the files are quite huge. Also keep the battery power at 50% or more, even if it means connecting the phone to a power source during the upgrade process.
Update: According to the latest developments, Lenovo has halted the OTA update to the K6 Power. Some users have reported a failed display after the update, where the screen turns into black and white lines with nothing to show. One can’t access anything, which means one cannot reset it to previous or rather factory settings.
Some users are also reporting that the Lenovo K6 Power has other issues such as an ever-present portrait mode icon, some lag when opening apps, no color manager, issues with WhatsApp and even problems when charging the phone following the Nougat treat. The update has also not taken care of the old GAL lookup issue that was raised in Marshmallow.
For these and other reasons, Lenovo has reportedly stopped the update to Android 7.0 Nougat with respect to the K6 Power, but when it will resume is still unknown. The good side of the story is that when it resumes, it should have all of these problems fixed. As for those who have already suffered the display screen issue, you are advised to visit a Lenovo service center for further assistance.