Android Nougat: release date, news and rumors
Update: The Android Nougat release date is here, at least for some phones andtablets. Find out which Google-powered devices are getting the Android 7.0 update besides Nexus phones, including news from Motorola.
Android Nougat is Google’s latest update of its phone and tablet operating system – an OS that’s been so thoroughly refined that the company is now more than halfway through the alphabet with names, at letter 14 of 26.
The real shocker is that Google didn’t wait to announce Android Nougat at Google IO 2016. The reason behind this was to give developers several months to tinker with the update, according to the company. Hopefully that means phone makers and app developers are prepared for Android 7.
Cut to the chase
- What is it? The next version of Google’s mobile OS
- When is it out? Right now, but you’ll need to wait for some devices
- When will I get it? It’s rolling out slowly, dependent on your phone and tablet maker
- What will it cost? Free
Android Nougat release date
Android Nougat is out right now, but when you’ll get the upgrade is going to depend on a few criteria. If you have a Nexus 6P , Nexus 5X , Nexus 6 , Nexus 9 , Google Pixel C , Nexus Player or an Android One device you’ll soon get the upgrade. If you have a Nexus 5 you’re sadly going to miss out on Android Nougat.
It’s rolling out now and you’ll get the new software in the “coming weeks”, according to Google. If you have a phone or tablet from another manufacturer the wait is likely to take some time.
Manufacturers and carriers have to rework their own version of the software and push it out to users – and that can take months.
What phones will get Android N?
We can hear you out there screaming, “when is Android Nougat update coming to my phone?!” If you’ve got a recent flagship phone, you should be in luck. Most phone and tablet makers try and push the software to devices that are less than two years old, but it may be quite a wait.
Each manufacturer can take time to tweak the updates. Take Android Marshmallow for example, some phones still don’t have the update. If you want the latest software, it’s best to get a Nexus device, as the newest version of Android will always be pushed to that first.
Google and Sony surprised us when it announced that the Sony Xperia Z3 would received the developer edition of the Nougat software, but oddly, the phone won’t be getting the full Nougat upgrade. However, many of its other Sony phones will, including the Xperia Z3+ , Xperia Z4 Tablet , Xperia Z5 , Xperia Z5 Compact , Xperia Z5 Premium , Xperia X , Xperia XA , Xperia XA Ultra and Xperia X Performance . Phew. No specific time frame has been announced, but stay tuned.