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Android 7.0 Nougat Update: When will my phone get it?


Nexus 6P

Android 7.0 Nougat Update: When will my phone get it?

Android 7.0 has been out for a while now, so many of you will have already had a taste of that sweet nougat. No luck yet? Fear not, as you hopefully won't have to wait much longer.

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When Android Nougat will come knocking for your device, however, is another question entirely. Unless your device is running stock Android, you’ve probably got a considerable wait ahead as manufacturers and even networks tweak the software to run smoothly with their skins and systems. Impatient to know where your device sits on the Android N update schedule? Here’s when you phone can expect a nougaty refresh.


One of the main benefits of owning a Google-designed Nexus phone is the preferential treatment you get when it comes to Android updates. Like a first class airline passenger, you’ll have been shepherded to the front of the queue and will be quaffing a glass of Champagne as you enjoy all of the new Nougat features from day one.

Related: Google HTC Nexus 2016 news, rumours and specs

Nexus 6P

You won’t have to splash out on a new device to enjoy the update though, as last year’s Nexus handsets will be first on the Android 7.0 update list along with 2016's releases. Joining the 6P and 5X, the 2014-released Nexus 6 has been one of the few devices approved for Android Nougat dev work so expect an imminent official update. The Nexus 5 might face a longer wait, however, having been omitted from pre-release patches.

If you're rocking a Nexus 6P, 5X, Nexus 6, Nexus 9, Pixel C or Nexus Player you'll already have received the update.

And the Google Pixel shipped with the software straight out of the box.

If you’re extra eager, here’s how to download Android 7.0 Nougat right now.

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Buy Now: Nexus 6P at Amazon.com from $399


It’s not just Google’s Nexus smartphones that will be on the day one Android Nougat update list. The company’s own-brand tablet, the brilliant Google Pixel C, has also been gifted Nougat already.

Buy Now: Google Pixel C at Amazon.com from $643

Pixel C


The flagship HTC 10, last year’s HTC One A9, the affordable HTC Desire 530, and the HTC One M9 should all have received the Android 7.0 Nougat release by now – including in the UK.

Unfortunately, the 2014-released HTC One M8 isn't getting the upgrade. But the new HTC U Ultra and HTC U Play ship with the software by default.

Buy Now: HTC 10 at Amazon.com from $568


Update: Samsung seems to have officially released Nougat for the S7 and S7 Edge, and the update has already started arriving from UK carriers.

s7nougat Nougat on the S7

Being the biggest doesn’t always mean being the best when its comes to Android updates, and, like a lazy teen trying to be roused before noon, Samsung’s isn’t exactly known for its speedy updates. That's why we didn't see Samsung's Nougat release for the latest Galaxy phones in the UK until 2017.

Last time around, Samsung handset owners were forced to wait five months for the first Marshmallow updates to drop, and then it was only US-based Galaxy Note 5 owners who got in early.

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S7 Edge

Buy Now: Samsung Galaxy S7 at Amazon.com from $540


As Motorola’s – or Moto's, as the Lenovo-owned firm is now known – recent flagship phones have all come running the closest thing you can get to stock Android, the American firm was expected to be one of the quickest to offer the Android Nougat update. Still, Motorola didn't start properly dishing out Android until early 2017.

The Moto G4 has already received the update, but the Moto X Style and Moto X Play have suffered rollout delays.

Buy Now: Moto G4 at Amazon.com from $199


Last year LG got its flagship phones on the latest version of Android within just two months of it hitting Nexus devices. That might not sound that impressive, but trust us, that’s seriously speedy in Android update terms.


The LG G5 has already received the update, and last year's LG V20 landed with the software on board. We're also pleased to confirm that the new LG G6 is also a straight-out-the-box Nougat handset.

Buy Now: LG G5 at Amazon.com from $409


Update: We've seen reports of Nougat rolling out to Xperia Z5 and Z5 Premium, which is great news.

Sony's 2016 flagships appear to now be receiving the Android Nougat update, and its 2017 batch of phones all ship with the new software as standard.

Buy Now: Sony Xperia Z3 at Amazon.com from $299

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sony xperia x performance


Huawei used to be awful at updates, but that seems to have been slowly changing. The Chinese brand has begun rolling out EMUI 5 and Android 7.0 to the P9, P9 Lite, P9 Plus and Mate 8.

We have to say that EMUI 5.0 and Nougat make a huge difference to Huawei phones. The UI is much clearer and it runs much smoother, especially on the Mate 9.

And the new Huawei P10 already has the software on board.

Buy Now: Huawei P9 at Amazom.com from $449

huawei p8


OnePlus began doling out a stable Android Nougat build to the OnePlus 3 and OnePlus 3T at the beginning of 2017 – huzzah!

Buy Now: OnePlus 3 at Amazon.com from $512

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Excited about Android Nougat? Tell us why in the comments below.


July 7, 2016, 4:52 pm

"One of the main benefits of owning a Google-designed Nexus phone is the preferential treatment you get when it comes to Android updates."

This is either a poor choice of words or entirely inaccurate, you choose. OEMs and service providers are to blame for slow updates, not Google giving the express lane to the Nexus line, so preferential treatment involved.


July 11, 2016, 9:11 am

I agree with you but this is the fact for Nexus owners. Other providers need more times to port their own Android skin on top of stock Android. My excellent Pixel C and Nexus 6 are running Android N since day one ( preview 1) and believe me it is worth to stick to Nexus devices. Android N is now stable and pretty awesome as far as I can say, and I really recommend Nexus devices to every one.

steinar anderssen

July 11, 2016, 11:19 am

i agree, i have huawei nexus 6p, and it runs smooth with android N, just love it.


July 26, 2016, 12:41 pm

"When will my phone get it"
But you don't actually say when.. More useless clickbait

Trevor Totten

August 23, 2016, 10:58 am

I've had a HTC One M8 for 2 years now, and have decided to break the constant upgrade cycle I've been in for the last decade or more, so I'm sticking with it for another while. That being the case, I really hope they release an Android N build for it, so I don't feel the temptation to buy a new phone!

Maxim Egorushkin

September 12, 2016, 10:33 am

Yeah, deceiving title. The clickbait defeated by AdBlock:
- When?
- In the coming weeks.


September 30, 2016, 5:19 pm

Did you install it yourself? It's now Sep 30 and I still haven't gotten the update on my Nexus 6P. This is past the joke stage now, so when this guy says "express lane" I think he means the one leading to the back of the line.


October 3, 2016, 4:37 pm

Fat chance.


December 15, 2016, 1:39 pm

UK HTC 10 owners were promised they would be amongst the first to get Nouget - I'm still waiting after buying my phone from HTC directly when it was launched.

Very unhappy.

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