In Google’s annual process of releasing a major iteration of Android, is your device covered? Is your device eligible for 2016’s Android release a.k.a Android 7.0 Nougat? I’ve seen many people asking the same questions. So, here I’m, writing this article that contains all the details to answer all your wonderings related to Android Nougat.
Android 7.0 Nougat release date
Google has confirmed that Nougat will begin rolling out to current Nexus devices as of 22 August. This is much earlier than previous major updates, which in the past, haven’t appeared until early October.
The company has also announced that LG V20, which will be officially unveiled on 6 September 2016, will be the first device to feature Android Nougat right out of the box. That means no new Nexus handsets until 6 September.
Android 7.0 Nougat update for Nexus devices
Google has said it will begin rolling out Android 7.0 Nougat “over the coming weeks” from 22 August. The company has confirmed that the following devices will be getting over-the-air update through their beta program:
- Nexus 6
- Nexus 5X
- Nexus 6P
- Nexus 9
- Nexus Player
- Pixel C
Google has not specified whether this would include Sony Xperia Z3 and Nexus 5.
Android 7.0 Nougat update for BlackBerry
BlackBerry is more or less all about Android now with Priv and the recently announced DTEK50, as well as two more devices rumored for release by early 2017. If the rumors are true then BlackBerry will make Android Nougat available for their existing Android devices by early 2017 or more likely at the end of 2016.
Android 7.0 Nougat update for HTC
HTC has confirmed via Twitter that it has received the “final shipping Android 7.0 Nougat software” and that it expects to roll out to begin in Q4. HTC has said Android Nougat will be coming for the following unlocked models:
- HTC 10
- HTC One A9
- HTC One M9
There was no mention of the One M8 though.
Android 7.0 Nougat update for Huawei
Huawei began offering Android Marshmallow devices from November 2015 when it launched its Mate 8 with the software pre-loaded. This might, therefore, mean the company will do the same this year, launching the Mate 9 with Android Nougat before the end of the year.
In terms of updates, it might be a couple more months before older devices see the Nougat update but Huawei is a little quicker than others.
Android 7.0 Nougat update for Honor
Sub-brand of Huawei, Honor, launched the Honor 7 Enhanced Edition in December 2015, offering Android Marshmallow out of the box.
The Honor 5X and the standard model of the Honor 7 then both received the Marshmallow update a couple of months later around March so early 2017 for Android Nougat is a safer bet than end of 2016. The following devices will be getting the update:
- Honor 7 Enhanced Edition
- Honor 5X
- Honor 7
Android 7.0 Nougat update for LG
LG was one of the first manufacturers to deliver the Marshmallow update with G4 users in Poland getting it from mid-October 2015. Chances are LG G5 owners will see an Android Nougat update within a couple of months of the final build release, perhaps before 2016 is out. Users with older handsets like the LG G4 may have to wait a few more months but early 2017 is plausible based on this year’s update schedule. The following devices are expected to receive Nougat:
- LG G5
- LG G4
- LG V20
Android 7.0 Nougat update for Motorola
Motorola devices receive Android updates a lot faster than some other devices. The Android Marshmallow update schedule for Moto started in December 2015 so we would expect similar for the newest Moto handsets when it comes to Android Nougat. Aside from Nexus devices, Motorola handsets are likely to be some of the first to receive the 7.0 update.
List of all the Motorola Smartphone Models receiving Android 7.0 Nougat Update:
- Moto Z
- Moto Z Force
- Moto G (3rd gen)
- Moto G TURBO
- Moto E3 (2016 Edition)
- Moto G4 Play (2016)
- Moto G4 (2016)
- Moto G4 PLUS (2016)
- Moto X Play (2015)
- Moto X Style (2015)
Android 7.0 Nougat update for OnePlus
OnePlus hasn’t been the fastest at updating its devices to Marshmallow. The OnePlus 2 didn’t receive the update until the beginning of June for example.
Based on this, we wouldn’t expect Android Nougat to hit the OnePlus 2 or rumored OnePlus 3 until later in 2017 than other devices. They were some of the last to receive Marshmallow but perhaps that won’t the case for Android Nougat. Devices to get the update are as follows:
- OnePlus 3
- OnePlus 2
- OnePlus X
Android 7.0 Nougat update for Samsung
Samsung phased a roll-out for the Marshmallow update, with some devices receiving it in South Korea at the end of January 2016. Other regions and devices had to wait a little longer with updates still being pushed in March 2016.
The company was rolling out updates for Lollipop 31 days after its release though so hopefully Android Nougat will be a little quicker than Marshmallow has been. Regions and networks play a role too so it isn’t just down to Samsung to get things ready for the next update. The following devices will get the update:
- Samsung Galaxy S6
- Samsung Galaxy S6 edge
- Samsung Galaxy S6 edge+
- Samsung Galaxy S7
- Samsung Galaxy S7 edge
- Samsung Galaxy Note 5
- Samsung Galaxy Note 7
Android 7.0 Nougat update for Sony Xperia
Sony has announced it will make Android Nougat available to the following devices:
- Xperia Z3+
- Xperia Z4 Tablet
- Xperia Z5
- Xperia Z5 Compact
- Xperia Z5 Premium
- Xperia X
- Xperia XA
- Xperia XA Ultra
- Xperia X Performance
The company said the update would come to devices “as quickly as we can”, but it didn’t specify exactly how quickly this would be. We will update this feature as more information is made available.
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