If you missed the memo, Google released Android 7.0 Nougat earlier than was expected, and to start off with, it is available on its own Nexus handsets: the Nexus 6, Nexus 5X, Nexus 6P, and the Pixel C tablet. So now that this latest version of Android is officially rolling out around the world, you may be asking yourself, “When will my non-Nexus handset and tablet be getting updated?”
Android 7.0 Nougat
Android is well-known for its fragmentation and slow update rollouts. However, this is not always due to the juggernaut moving too slowly. Most of the time, the blame can be firmly landed in the laps of manufacturers like HTC, Samsung, and Motorola which have to wait to receive the update and then tweak it to their own liking before rolling it out to handset users.
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So with the possibility of a long wait to get your hands on Android 7.0 Nougat, we’ve scoured the ether looking for relevant information about when you can expect to get this latest version of Android on your non-Nexus handset.
It’s likely that BlackBerry has not received the update from Android to work on, and that probably is the reason why there has been no official word from the Canadian handset manufacturer. So if you’re the owner of a DTEK50 or BlackBerry Priv, our advice would be to carry on and just wait it out.
One piece of information we can share, however, is that BlackBerry has suggested that when its handsets do get the Android 7.0 Nougat update, this will come hand-in-hand with a boost in device security.
If you are the owner of a Nexus 6, Nexus 5X, Nexus 6P, Nexus 9, Pixel C and Nexus Player, along with the little-known General Mobile 4G Android One handset, there is a good chance that you may have already received or are eligible for the update.
The older Nexus 5 and Nexus 7 tablets are not compatible with Android 7.0 Nougat.
There’s good news for HTC owners. The Taiwanese manufacturer has confirmed that it will be bringing Android 7.0 Nougat to the following devices: the HTC 10 in the fourth quarter of 2016, followed by unlocked/SIM-free versions of the HTC One M9, One A9 and also handsets locked to specific carriers.
What is not known is whether the One M9 will get the update at the same time as the HTC 10 and what other devices HTC intends to roll out the update to in the future.
Chinese manufacturer Huawei has yet to confirm if it has any plans to roll out Android 7.0 Nougat to its flagship devices like the P9 or P8. However, it is believed that the company will soon announce plans to introduce an update for device owners at some point later this year.
Set to be the first handset to launch running Android 7.0 straight out of the box is LG’s V20. However, the South Korean company has yet to announce whether this latest version of Android will be rolled out to its other handsets like the G5.
Rumors suggest that because Motorola smartphones do not come with bloatware many other handset manufacturers include in their devices, owners of their compatible handsets and tablets could see Android 7.0 Nougat in the next two months.
Seeing as the OnePlus 2 didn’t get Android Marshmallow, owners of the handset should not be expecting a roll-out of Android Nougat to them anytime soon. However, if anything changes, we will let you know.
Samsung has confirmed that its latest flagship, the Galaxy Note 7, will receive Android 7.0 Nougat in two to three months, so that’s November. Samsung has yet to say anything about when the S7 Edge, S7, and other popular handsets will get the latest version of Android.
However, it is believed that due to the sheer amount of handsets available from Samsung and the red tape it has to cut through to get anything done, it could be well into 2017 before series-wide updates roll out.
If you have a Sony smartphone from this year or 2015, the good news is that Sony has confirmed that it will be updating a few handsets to Android 7.0 Nougat. The list of handsets Sony has confirmed is as follows, in order of age: the Xperia Z3+, Xperia Z4 tablet, Xperia, Xperia Z5, Xperia Z5 Compact, Xperia Z5 Premium, Xperia X, Xperia XA, Xperia XA Ultra, and Xperia X performance.
As you can see from the above list of Sony handsets, the Xperia Z3 and Xperia M5 are not on the list, which is sure to make owners of those devices rather unhappy.
At the moment, that is all the information we have to share, but this is likely to change almost daily. We will keep you updated, but in the meantime, if you know nothing about Android 7.0 Nougat, take a look at our Android 7.0 versus Android 6.0 comparison; it will give you insight into what has changed.
Alternatively, if you are the owner of a Nexus handset in the list above, take a look at our “How to Install Nougat on Your Device Now” guide.