Android Nougat is the name of Google’s latest variation of the popular mobile platform. Now–finally– the focus can turn to the important question. The one that every Android smartphone owner will be shouting from the rooftops.
“When is Android Nougat update coming to my phone?”
While Android 7.0 Nougat is deep into its fourth round of developer previews, it isn’t slated for public release until “later this summer,” according to Google.
And at that, the updated operating system will likely only make its way to a handful of phones and tablets within the first few months of its release.
Will the wait for Nougaty goodness be as long (or, in many cases, never-ending for some) as Marshmallow was? Here’s to hoping that doesn’t happen again.
If you’re worried, keep this in mind: it was shocking (in a good way) when Google opened up the Nougat preview to the Sony Xperia Z3. If that move is any indication, then a lot of work has likely already been done behind the scenes to grease the wheels, so to speak, with other phone manufacturers.
We’ll keep this A-to-Z list updated as more smartphone manufacturers announce support for Android Nougat.
Shortly after the formal announcement of Nougat, which disappointingly dashed the chances of our second favorite option, Namey McNameface, HTC shot out of its seat on Twitter to share that a few of its more recent devices will receive Android 7 support.
If you own the HTC One M9, the HTC One A9 or the more recent HTC 10, you’re in luck. Owners of the now-defunct Nexus 9 tablet, who can participate in the developer preview now, will be treated to the update earlier than the phones. And while it’s a bit sad to see the HTC One M8 left out, you’re probably due for an upgrade soon enough anyway.
An announcement of support is assuring, but the fine print in the tweet reveals that HTC has yet to receive a final version of Nougat to tweak for its devices.
If you’re curious about what the process of adapting stock Android for each manufacturer looks like, you should definitely visit this site. While this exact workflow is specific to HTC, it’s likely that each company taking it on goes through a similar set of steps.
It’s already been confirmed that the Huawei-made Nexus 6P will be one of the first to be treated to Android Nougat on its launch day. But what about the rest of the Huawei squad?
Out of the lot, the Huawei P9, decked out with its Leica optics, is the most probable candidate.
Of course, the Huawei P8, Huawei Mate 8 are also fine devices that we’d love to see give some Nougat treatment, but we’ll have to see.
We’ve reached out to Huawei for an official statement.
If you’re asking us, we think that a LG’s recent (and rather inventive) batch of smartphones will learn a few, new tricks from Android Nougat.
In case you needed a clue, this includes the dual camera-equipped LG G5 and its modular Friends and the Frankenstein-of-a-phone, the LG V10.
The Android 7.0 update could stretch further into LG’s back catalog, but we’ve reached out for official comment to find out. There are many people still carrying around the LG G4 that hope for this year’s OS update to last year’s phone.