After more than 5 months in beta, Google has officially rolled out the latest version of the Android mobile operating system — Android 7.0 Nougat in August. Two months from then and none of the devices other than some of the Nexuses have received the 7.0 update yet while its highly speculated that Google might bring forth the 7.1 version of Android come October 4th along with the Pixel phones.
Nexus, Pixel C, and Android One devices and Android 7.0 Nougat
Google’s Nexus devices are almost always the first smartphones and tablets to receive updates, and that hasn’t changed with Nougat. The updates should already be available to install for:
- Google Nexus 6
- Google Nexus 5X
- Google Nexus 6P
- Google Nexus 9
- Google Nexus Player
- Google Pixel C
- General Mobile 4G (Android One)
Older Nexus devices like the Nexus 5 and the Nexus 7 (2013) are not receiving the Nougat update officially but it shouldn’t take long before Nexus 5 gets a fully working custom ROM. There’s already a working build.
Samsung devices and Android 7.0 Nougat
Samsung has a lot of devices, and many of them aren’t going to make the cut for an update. The company is also notorious for its slow updates — the Galaxy S6 lineup was updated to Android 6.0 Marshmallow more than 5 months after Google published it. Still, here’s a list of devices we can confidently expect to get 7.0 Nougat although, Samsung hasn’t yet confirmed it officially:
- Samsung Galaxy S7 (confirmed: unofficial)
- Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge (confirmed: unofficial)
- Samsung Galaxy Note 7 (confirmed: unofficial)
- Samsung Galaxy Note 5
- Samsung Galaxy S6
- Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge
- Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge Plus
- Samsung Galaxy J3
LG devices and Android 7.0 Nougat
In a surprise move, the LG V20 is the first smartphone that comes pre-loaded with Android 7.0 Nougat — a title typically held by Google’s Nexus devices. Other LG devices that should be receiving the update include:
- LG G5
- LG G4 (should get it, but..you never know)
- LG V10
While unconfirmed, most of LG’s previous devices should make the jump to 7.0 — notably the LG G5 and the V10. The company has gotten a lot better about updating its smartphones — the G4, for example, began receiving Marshmallow within 3 months of its release.
HTC devices and Android 7.0 Nougat
HTC is one of the only manufacturers to outright confirm a Nougat update for its devices, another being Sony. The lucky ones from HTC are:
- HTC 10 (Confirmed)
- HTC One A9 (Confirmed)
- HTC One M9 (Confirmed)
- HTC Nexus 9 (Confirmed)
HTC is generally pretty quick with its Android updates — the One M8 received Android 6.0 Marshmallow just two months after the update was released. The company even has a website you can visit to check the status of the Nougat update.
“We’re excited to receive final shipping Android 7.0 Nougat software from Google,” an HTC spokesperson confirmed “We expect the update to begin rolling out to the unlocked HTC 10 in Q4, followed by unlocked HTC One M9, unlocked HTC One A9, and carrier versions of these devices.”
Motorola devices and Android 7.0 Nougat
Motorola, now owned by Lenovo, has quite the number of devices under its belt that theoretically should be upgraded to Android 7.0 Nougat — that is if you use the 18-month life-cycle most manufacturers tend to follow. Motorola has confirmed that the following devices will definitely get the Nougat update:
- Moto G4 Plus (confirmed)
- Moto G4 (confirmed)
- Moto G4 Play (confirmed)
- Moto Z (confirmed)
- Moto Z Force (confirmed)
- Moto Z Play (confirmed)
- Moto Z Play Droid (confirmed)
- Moto X Pure 3rd gen (confirmed)
- Moto X Style (confirmed)
- Moto X Force (confirmed)
- Moto X Play (confirmed)
- Droid Turbo 2 (confirmed)
- Droid Maxx 2 (confirmed)
The Moto Z and fourth generation Moto G are first in the queue to receive the update to Android Nougat with Motorola scheduling it for some time this quarter. The Moto Z Droid and Moto Z Force Droid are carrier locked to Verizon in the US, so the updates will ultimately have to go through Big Red — that could add a few months to the wait time. Motorola has quite a big lineup ready for update, however, the real story here is not that Motorola are updating a number of devices to a more modern version of Android, but that Motorola are not updating a number of recent devices to Android 7.0 Nougat – such as the 2015 version of the Motorola Moto G and the 2016 Motorola Moto E3 Power, or indeed any other Moto E device.
OnePlus devices and Android 7.0 Nougat
OnePlus is a little different when it comes to device updates. The OnePlus One runs Cyanogen OS, while the newer devices run OxygenOS. It’s all custom ROMs, but they’re based on the various Android versions. The devices that should get the Nougat update are:
- OnePlus 3 (confirmed : unofficial)
- OnePlus 2
Since the devices are based off custom ROMs, there should be some type of support available for the OnePlus 1 and OnePlus X, perhaps unofficially. The OnePlus 1 received an Android Marshmallow-based update 6 months after Google released it. The OnePlus 2 only received it in June. The OnePlus X has yet to receive the official jump to Marshmallow, but there’s a preview build available. And it is highly unlikely OnePlus X will be getting Nougat seeing how OnePlus has clearly forgotten about it, more so, it has the Snapdragon 801.
Still, official Android Nougat-based Oxygen OS updates should come to the OnePlus 3, and OnePlus 2 — just don’t expect it to be anytime soon.
Sony devices and Android 7.0 Nougat
Sony confirmed the Android 7.0 Nougat update for a bunch of it’s devices on Z series. We expect them to update other devices also but as of now, we have confirmation on these devices. Update (26/11/16 ): A recent leak suggests the time-frame for these updates.
- Xperia Z3+ (confirmed)
- Xperia Z4 Tablet (confirmed)
- Xperia Z5 (confirmed)
- Xperia Z5 Compact (confirmed)
- Xperia Z5 Premium (confirmed)
- Xperia X (confirmed)
- Xperia XA (confirmed)
- Xperia XA Ultra (confirmed)
- Xperia X Performance (confirmed)
That’s a solid number of devices that are making the jump to Nougat, but that’s also because the company always produces a slew of devices every year. There’s no time frame, but the company says it’s working to “bring this major update to as many of our devices as possible.” Xperia Z3 will not be officially updated to Android Nougat.
BlackBerry devices and Android 7.0 Nougat
BlackBerry was VERY slow with its Android Marshmallow update, but seeing as the company is pretty much brand new to the whole Android update saga, I’ll cut it some slack. The company is more focussed on securing Google’s platform and refining the overall experience of using the software on its current PRIV model, which is fine — I like what they’re doing.
With this in mind, it is difficult to make assumptions about Android N for the PRIV or, indeed, BlackBerry’s DTEK50 or even the upcoming DTEK60. It could do a complete 180º and get the update out in double-quick time, which would be awesome.
This isn’t all that likely though, so for now we’ll err on the side of caution and predict a Q2 2017 release for Android N on BlackBerry phones.
Expected devices to jump to Nougat for BlackBerry are:
- BlackBerry Priv
- BlackBerry DTEK50
BlackBerry only has two Android smartphones so thats a plus. BlackBerry tells Digital Trends that the company has Nougat and is working to add “our BlackBerry security.” No timeline was offered.
Huawei devices and Android 7.0 Nougat
Huawei has confirmed that apart from the Nexus 6P, which was manufactured by Huawei, the only other confirmed device to get Nougat is the Mate 8.
Other devices, especially those under the Honor brand, should also receive the update, but it’s unconfirmed:
- Huawei Mate 8 (confirmed)
- Huawei Mate S
- Huawei Honor 5X
- Huawei Honor 5C
- Huawei Honor GX8 (G8)
- Huawei Honor V8
- Huawei Honor 7
- Huawei P9
- Huawei P9 Lite
- Huawei P8 Lite
- Huawei P8
Most of these devices aren’t available in the U.S., but only in select markets.
Asus devices and Android 7.0 Nougat
The following devices from Asus should receive the Nougat update:
- Asus ZenFone 3 Laser
- Asus ZenFone 3 Max
- Asus ZenFone 3
- Asus ZenFone 3 Deluxe
- Asus ZenFone 3 Ultra
- Asus ZenFone Zoom
- Asus ZenFone 2
- Asus ZenFone 2 Laser
- Asus ZenFone Selfie
Most of these devices are only available in select markets. Most of the aforementioned devices received the Marshmallow update within the past few months, so it may take Asus a while to move to Nougat.
Lenovo devices getting Android 7.0 Nougat
After acquiring Motorola in 2014, Lenovo has inculcated same software release policy. We expect the Chinese company to roll-out Android Nougat to 2016-based phones :
- Lenovo ZUK Z2,
- Lenovo ZUK Z2 Pro
- Vibe K5 Note,
- Vibe X3,
- Vibe K4 Note
The updates should arrive around October-November period and later to older models.
Xiaomi devices getting Android 7.0 Nougat
Rumours are rife that Xiaomi will roll-out Android Nougat first to Xiaomi Mi 5, Redmi Note 4, Redmi Pro and later to older devices.
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