Google Releases Android 7 Nougat

After a very lengthy developer preview, Android 7, with the codename “Nougat” was released.

The rollout of the OS will have happen in several stages. The first stage is a phased worldwide rollout to Google’s own Nexus devices. The Nexus 6P, Nexus 5X, Nexus 6, Nexus 9 Wi-Fi & LTE, Pixel C and Nexus Player will be the only devices from the Nexus line that get the update. Due to the end of its support life, the popular Nexus 5 produced by LG will not be getting the update. This rollout will be based on demand and will be in the form of a over-the-air update.

Nexus owners who are impatient can download the images directly from Google and flash it on their phone manually.

The second stage of the rollout will be with brand new devices. LG is reported to be the first phone that will come with Nougat. This will be ahead of the launch of the new Nexus devices for 2016. There will be other manufacturers like HTC and Sony who will also debut their new phones with Nougat.

The next will be updates to existing phones. Samsung have announced that they will make the Nougat update available for the just released Galaxy Note 7 within two months. Likewise, several other manufacturers have announced plans to update existing flagship phones.

Updates to other phones will depend on the manufacturer and carrier of your phone. With only 15% of Android phones on Marshmallow, don’t expect it to happen anytime soon.