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Google finally releases Android 7.0 Nougat; heres what you need to know

Android 7.0 Nougat

After being revealed many months ago in May 2016, Google has finally announced the official public roll out of the Android 7.0 Nougat. The new version of Android does not bring any major changes apart from the redesigned notifications and split screen support for multitasking.

Starting today, Android 7.0 Nougat will be available as an over-the-air (OTA) update for following Nexus devices:

  • Nexus 6P
  • Nexus 5X
  • Nexus 6
  • Nexus 9
  • Nexus Player
  • Pixel C
  • General Mobile 4G (Android One)

Unfortunately, the Nexus 5 and Nexus 7 (2013) wont be getting the update. However, we expect to see custom ROMs for both the devices coming out very soon.

While none of the smartphone manufacturers have given any specific time frames of when their phones will be getting the Android 7.0 updates, Google has hinted that the upcoming LG V20 will be the first phone to ship with Nougat.

Even the recently released Samsung’s flagship Galaxy Note 7 wont be getting the new version of Android anytime soon. According to some reports, Samsung will take about 2-3 months to update their flagship to the latest OS. It is very unfortunate for the Note 7 owners who just shelled out close of $1,000 for a top-end phone but they won’t be enjoying the latest version of Android.

HTC has also hinted that HTC 10, HTC One A9 & HTC One M9 will be getting the Nougat update but the time frame is not specified.

Even Motorola, once Google’s subsidiary, hasn’t said anything about when their phone will be getting the latest update.

Bottom line is that unless you have one of the recent Nexus devices, you won’t be getting Android 7.0 Nougat anytime soon.

To have a more detailed look at what Android Nougat is bringing to the table, we would recommend checking out the detailed review done by The Verge.


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