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.
NEXUS 6P, NEXUS 5X, NEXUS 6 & NEXUS 9
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.
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.
GOOGLE PIXEL C
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.
Update: Samsung seems to have officially released Nougat for the S7 and S7 Edge, and the update has already started arriving from UK carriers.
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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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.
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.
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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.
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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.
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