Android 7.0 Nougat update: overview for smartphones and tablets

Android 7.0 Nougat update: overview for smartphones and tablets

Android 7.0 Nougat is official. The update is currently rolling out to Nexus devices, with news that factory images for the Nexus 6 and Nexus 9 LTE will be available in the coming weeks. Hit the link to jump straight to that story and find out everything else we know so far about the Android 7.0 Nougat update below.

Android 7.0 Nougat launched on August 22, 2016. Google made the announcement on its dedicated blog, which confirmed all of Nougat’s new features, as well as the rumor that the LG V20 would be the first device to run the new software.

Google also stated that the update would begin to roll out to Nexus devices over-the-air. However, Google’s Factory image page is yet to be updated with the final software version. We will let you know as soon as it makes an appearance. If you’re part of the Android beta program, you’re likely to receive Android 7.0 Nougat earlier. Find out about Google’s own Nexus devices.

Android Nougat update: Samsung

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It's still early days in Android Nougat land, and manufacturers are reluctant to make concrete promises at any given time, let alone this far in advance. However, normally, Samsung maintains a two-year update window on devices, so it's a safe bet to assume that the Android Nougat will be making its way to all Samsung Galaxy S6 and S7 variants. The Galaxy S5 is a less safe bet. The Galaxy S4 has not seen an update to Marshmallow, so Android Nougat may be the S5's turn to fall behind. Samsung was not so hot on the Marshmallow update front, so you could wait up to six months for the Galaxy S7 to get Android Nougat.

Android Nougat update: Nexus

The Android Nougat update for Nexus devices has been released, but it could take some time for the update to hit your specific device. Google has posted some of the factory images online, so you can get it loaded up already if you'd prefer to flash it yourself. The latest news is that factory images will appear for the Nexus 6 and Nexus 9 LTE in the coming weeks. While there was some speculation that these devices might not even get the update, Google has confirmed that the rollout for these devices is about to begin.

Android Nougat update: HTC

HTC has taken steps to streamline its development process in an attempt to ensure more timely Android updates. So our hopes are high that by the time the new years rolls around, HTC 2016 devices will bear Android 7.0 Nougat inside them. The day after Android Nougat was detailed at Google I/O, HTC announced that the new firmware would be making its way to the HTC 10, One A9 and One M9. The announcement also made it clear that more devices would receive the update, but this confirmation would come later in the year, "when Google ships Android Nougat to manufacturers."

Android Nougat update: Sony

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Sony has confirmed which of its Xperia devices are set to receive the Android 7.0 Nougat update in a post on its blog. "We will make Android 7.0 Nougat available for: Xperia Z3+, Xperia Z4 Tablet, Xperia Z5, Xperia Z5 Compact, Xperia Z5 Premium, Xperia X, Xperia XA, Xperia XA Ultra and Xperia X Performance," said Sony. The Japanese company was careful not to comment on definite timescales but, given Sony's recent past, it's unlikely that we'll see one of its devices updated to Android Nougat before the start of 2017. That said, Sony's recent movements to a more stock-like Android interface does provide a glimmer of hope.

Android Nougat update: LG

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LG was one of the first manufacturers to produce the Marshmallow update last year, bringing its LG G4 up-to-date with Android 6.0 as early as October in some regions. This year, LG is going one step further: the LG V20 will be the first smartphones to run Android Nougat. Launching on September 6 in San Francisco, the V20 will run Android 7.0 Nougat out of the box, suggesting it will include a relatively stock Android-like interface. The precise release date is yet to be confirmed but Google confirmed that it will be the first device running the new Android interface – an honor traditionally reserved for Google's Nexus devices. As for LG's current flagship, the G5, the Korean manufacturer is releasing an Android 7.0 beta for owners living in South Korea. This is not part of Google's Android beta program, but is instead an LG-built firmware with the company's skin slapped on top. Although this beta isn't much benefit to those of us living elsewhere in the world, this is a sign that the LG G5 is sure to have a global rollout of Nougat in the very near future.

Android Nougat update: Huawei

Huawei is generally quick to make promises and slow to fulfill them. The company's track record of rolling out updates is, shall we say, not excellent. You can expect its latest flagships to receive an update to Android Nougat, but whether that will be before Android O is released is the real question.

Android Nougat update: Lenovo / Motorola

Lenovo is now running things over in Moto land, but given the near-stock nature of the devices' software, there is little reason why timely updates should not continue as usual. The roll out of Marshmallow did see some upsetting exclusions, however, so let's hope Lenovo decides to be a little more welcoming of the entire Moto family.
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