Android Nougat updates, Android smartphones

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Since Google announced that their new operating system, code named Nougat, would be shipped out with the new Nexus phones. Android users around the world have being waiting anxiously for their own OEMs to give them a definite date when the new OS would be pushed to their phones.

Android Nougat updates, Android smartphones
Android Nougat

Upgrading to a new OS is normally done by downloading the update pushed to phones by the manufacturers to the users of their specific devices.

Sometimes some smartphones makers, especially makers of cheap budget devices, don’t bother to do that. Leaving their customers to be in the dark on when to upgrade their devices to the latest OS. These mostly happens with the Chinese OEMs.

That is why some users, if they are technically inclined, of such devices do it manually. If the phone is an MTK device, some independent developers would simply develop the phone-specific ROMS with the latest OS and upload it for people to download and use to upgrade their softwares. Bless them.

That is one of the advantages of buying android smartphones from reputable companies. They all tend to push over the air (OTA) updates  to users of their devices. It is the reason this list is only about these brands.

So if you are using any of them, now you’d know how long to wait before you get Android Nougat on your smartphone.

LG smartphones

Android Nougat updates, Android smartphones
LG V20

If you have the money and you are an LG fan, I am sure you would be glad to know the first Nougat phones would be from LG.

The world knows Google’s Nexus smartphones are normally the first to get the latest Android OS. For some reason, Google is allowing LG to beat them to the punch this year.

The record setting phone is the LG V20 which would be released this month. Even owners of this year’s G5 would be able to test the OS if they live in Korea.

The LG V10 should also expect to get the full update soon enough.

Sony Android smartphones

Android Nougat updates, Android smartphones
Sony Xperia XZ

For Sony, there won’t be any discrimination as far as devices are concerned. Almost all the latest models in the Xperia Z and Xperia X series would get the update from the company:

As you’ve probably seen Google unveil Android version 7.0, Nougat we’ve seen lots of questions on our upgrade roadmap and plans – so, here goes…

We will make Android 7.0, Nougat available for: Xperia Z3+, Xperia Z4 Tablet, Xperia Z5, Xperia Z5 Compact, Xperia Z5 Premium, Xperia X, Xperia XA, Xperia XA Ultra and Xperia X Performance*.”

Though it is cheeky of them not to put a specific time-frame on when they’ll start pushing out the updates. Basically, they are telling users to keep refreshing that page for any new info.

Nexus

Android Nougat updates, Android smartphones
Nexus smartphones

One advantage of having  Nexus is that you get to be the first to get a new Android OS. And so it is with Android Nougat. The new OS is already available for Nexus 6P, 5X, 6, 9, and the Pixel C tablet.

And of course the new Nexus phone, likely to be made by HTC, would surely come with an Android 7 OS.

Samsung smartphones

Android Nougat updates, Android smartphones
Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge

As the dominant Android phone maker, Samsung would do their outmost best best to make sure they maintain that position. One way to do that is to make sure high-end Samsung devices especially the Galaxy series get the Nougat update as soon as possible.

For those living in Korea, Samsung had already committed to pushing the update in a couple of months for those using the Note 7.

Those living outside that region would not have long to wait to get theirs. Generally, those with the latest flagship devices would get it first before users of older models.

HTC

Android Nougat updates, Android smartphones
HTC 10

As the likely makers of the next Nexus device, they would naturally and definitely get the Nougat software directly from Google. And so it proved from an August 24 tweet where HTC gleefully announced they already have the software from Google.

The tweet proudly announced that HTC 10 devices would get the update in the last quarter of this year. Other devices like the HTC One M9, One A9 and locked versions of the phone would get theirs soon after.

To be on the safe side, I would say all HTC high-end devices would get the update by the first quarter of next year.

I guess some of you are already wetting your lips in anticipation of getting Android Nougat on your devices. To be sure you are up to date, you can bookmarked the manufacturers web page and keep refreshing it everyday for the latest announcements.

Or you can follow them on Twitter or Facebook to get regular updates.

 

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