Android 7 Nougat update overview for smartphones and tablets

 

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Asus

Asus had a bit of a bumpy ride with the Nougat update when it started rolling it out to the Asus Zenfone 3 line in January this year and had to halt it due to bugs appearing. However, we come bearing good news: the roll out has now resumed so you can now look forward to features like bundled notifications, an enhanced touch performance and multi-window options.

Google

Device Android 7.0 Android 7.1 Android 7.1.1 Android 7.1.2
Google Pixel / XL No Yes Yes Yes
Nexus 6P Yes Yes Yes No
Nexus 5X Yes Yes Yes No
Pixel C Yes Yes Yes Yes
Nexus Player Yes Yes Yes Yes
Nexus 9 Yes Yes Yes No
Nexus 6 Yes No Yes No
Nexus 7 (2013) No No No No
Nexus 5 No No No No
Nexus 4 No No No No

Google has posted their update plans for the Pixel and Pixel XL on a support page, providing an official guarantee for two years of Android updates (until October 2018) and three years of security updates (until October 2019).

The Android Nougat update for Nexus and Pixel devices has been released, but it could take some time for the latest update to hit your specific device. Google has posted some of the factory images online, so you can get it loaded up already if you’d prefer to flash it yourself.

In recent days there have been reports that the Nexus Player and Pixel C have been receiving an Android 7.1.2 update. If you need a heads-up on the 7.1.2 update, it’s not a major event as it brings with it only a few notable new features. For instance, the Pixel Launcher has managed to make its way to the Pixel C and includes a new battery usage list.

For the moment, the Google OTA and Factory Image pages haven’t been updated. Whilst the latest update has only been rolled out to the Nexus Player and Pixel C, this is a sign that other devices will be receiving the Android 7.1.2 update relatively soon. 

The public beta of Android 7.1.2 Nougat has arrived. The Pixel, Pixel XL, Pixel C and Nexus Player devices are eligible to participate in the beta program. The build numbers for the update are npg05d and npg05e, but nothing is yet known about new features. Join the beta for 7.1.2 OTAs here, or go here for the images. Nexus 9 devices will not be getting 7.1.2.

The Nexus 6 had already received an update to Android 7.1.1 Nougat, but Google has now decided to downgrade the smartphone back to Android 7.0 Nougat, likely due to bugs. The downgrade OTA is causing some issues, though.

AndroidPIt google pixel XL 9701 Android 7.1.1 Nougat brings great features to the flagship Pixel phones. / © AndroidPIT

 

HTC

Device Android 7.0 Android 7.1
HTC 10 Yes (unlocked version), Early 2017 (carrier edition) N/A
HTC One M9 Yes N/A
HTC One A9 Yes, rolling out in India now. N/A
HTC Bolt (US, Sprint exclusive) Yes N/A
HTC 10 Evo (European HTC Bolt) Yes N/A
HTC One M8 No N/A

We are halfway through May 2017, and the AT&T branded version of the HTC M9 is finally getting the Android 7.0 Nougat update. The unlocked HTC M9 received the Android Nougat update all the way back in December 2016, T-Mobile customers had their update rolled out in March and Sprint finally caught up with Android Nougat thanks to an update it received in April 2017. 

The HTC One A9 update to Android Nougat has begun rolling out in India, and latest update includes the March security patch.

The HTC Bolt/10 Evo comes with Nougat out-of-the-box. HTC has taken steps to streamline its development process in an attempt to ensure more timely Android updates. So, Nougat is already available for unlocked HTC 10 devices, and also now available for unlocked HTC One M9 devices.

Carrier editions of the HTC 10 and HTC One M9 will receive the Nougat update in early 2017. It is very likely the unlocked HTC One A9 will receive it in early 2017 as well, as an update for the phone has already been confirmed by the company.

T-Mobile US released its Nougat update to its HTC 10 smartphones in early January. Arriving as version 2.37.531.5, and weighing in at 1.22 GB, there is little other information on what other changes have been included as part of this update. Installation details are now available on the HTC website. For the moment there is no indication of when the other major US carriers will be rolling out their own updates, but it should be sometime soon. 

For those of you who own an unlocked HTC 10, you needn’t wait any longer. The Vice President for Product Management at HTC, Mo Versi, has tweeted that unlocked HTC 10 devices can update their devices directly via the HTC website

A recent rollout of Nougat to HTC 10 was halted by the company after it was reported the update had been affected by bugs. HTC has yet to confirm exactly when the rollout will resume, but tipster @LlabTooFeR has indicated it will happen within the next three weeks and may also include the January 2017 Android security patch. For the moment only EU devices, including carrier versions, will receive the update. That said, it’s anticipated that other regions will receive the update around the same time. 

AndroidPIT HTC 10 Hands on 5081 The HTC 10 is getting Android 7.0 Nougat. / © AndroidPIT

 

Huawei / Honor

Device Android 7.0 Android 7.1
Huawei Mate 9 Yes N/A
Huawei Mate 8 Yes N/A
Huawei P9 Q1 2017, Yes N/A
Huawei P9 Plus Yes, rolling out in Europe now N/A
Huawei P9 Lite Delayed until end of March 2017 N/A
nova Q1 2017 (second round) N/A
nova Plus Q1 2017 (second round) N/A
Honor 8  February 2017 N/A
Honor 5X Coming, date unknown N/A
Honor 5C Coming, date unknown N/A
Huawei P8 No N/A
Huawei P8 Lite No N/A
Huawei Mate S No N/A
Huawei Shot X No N/A
Huawei GX8 No N/A
Honor 7 Unknown N/A
Huawei Mediapad M3 Q1 2017 (second round) N/A
Huawei G8 No N/A
Honor 6X Yes, rolling out now N/A

The Mate 9 was the first Huawei phone to come with Nougat, via EMUI 5. But, Huawei intends to bring Nougat to some of its other devices soon.

The Chinese company is generally quick to make promises and slow to fulfill them. The company’s track record of rolling out updates is, shall we say, not excellent. Despite this, Huawei says it will begin rolling out Android 7.0 Nougat in the form of its EMUI skin version 5.0, in the first quarter of 2017. The roll out has already begun with the Huawei Mate 8 and P9 according to AndroidSoul, and will be followed by the P9 Plus, P9 Lite, nova, and nova Plus. Huawei India recently posted a tweet confirming that Android 7.0 Nougat and EMUI 5.0 would be rolled out to the P9 in March, and it has already begun for the P9 Plus in Europe. The update for the Huawei P9 lite has been delayed due to unspecified technical issues, and it expected at the end of March.

Huawei has recently deployed an OTA update for Mate 8 devices to run Android 7.0 Nougat. In addition to Nougat the update includes a new version of the customization software EMUI 5.0, which will include new graphics and provide a new level of functionality. For the moment this update is exclusive to Italy, but if its successful we’re expecting the update to be rolled out to all remaining regions soon afterwards. 

The official roll out of Android 7.0 Nougat with EMUI 5.0 for the Honor 8 will start on February 11, 2017 in the US. It will be available on all Honor 8 devices by the end of the month.

The Honor 6X is now receiving an update to both Android 7.0 Nougat and EMUI 5 via OTA. Users can expect it to arrive by the end of May at the latest.

The Honor 5X is covered by Honor’s software update policy, and is thus guaranteed to get software updates for 24 months from its release. That means it can expect to get Nougat, but a date hasn’t been announced yet. The Honor 5C’s upcoming upgrade to Nougat has just been confirmed in a tweet by Honor Italia, but the timing is unknown. However, there is still no official news about the Honor 5X and the Honor 7 getting the update.

Devices not receiving the update to EMUI 5/Nougat are also the P8, P8 Lite, Mate S, Shot X and GX8, according to HuaweiBlog.de, which received an official press release on the matter from Huawei Germany.

AndroidPIT huawei mate9 0158 The Mate 9 came with EMUI 5/Nougat right out of the box. / © AndroidPIT

 

Lenovo / Motorola

Device Android 7.0 Android 7.1
Droid Maxx 2 Coming, date unknown N/A
Droid Turbo 2 Coming, date unknown N/A
Moto G (4th Gen) Yes N/A
Moto G Play (4th Gen) June 2017 N/A
Moto G Plus (4th Gen) Yes N/A
Moto M Coming, date unknown N/A
Moto X Force Coming, date unknown N/A
Moto X Play Coming, date unknown N/A
Moto X Pure Edition (3rd Gen) Yes N/A
Moto X Style Coming, date unknown N/A
Moto Z Yes N/A
Moto Z Droid Coming, date unknown N/A
Moto Z Force Yes N/A
Moto Z Force Droid Coming, date unknown N/A
Moto Z Play Yes N/A
Moto Z Play Droid Coming, date unknown N/A

The Moto X Pure Edition from 2015 is now receiving the Android 7.0 Nougat OTA update, according to Motorola. Fro more details, see this article.

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Lenovo has now officially confirmed that US Moto G4 Play devices will be set to receive an update to Android Nougat sometime in June 2017. This statement should definitely give some ease of mind to Moto G4 Play users as both the Moto G4 and G4 Plus had received the update months ago.

Lenovo is now running things over in Moto land, but given the near-stock nature of the devices’ software, there is little reason why timely updates should not continue as usual. The roll out of Marshmallow did see some upsetting exclusions, however, but it looks like Lenovo has decided to be a little more proactive with the Moto family for Nougat.

The Moto Z and Moto Z Force are available with Android 7.0 Nougat, and they are the first non-Google manufactured smartphones to be deemed officially Daydream-ready. The Moto Z Play is now also joining the party and getting the Android Nougat 7.0 update. In addition, a soak test notification has been sent out to Moto X Pure owners, suggesting that the Nougat update may soon arrive on these devices. A soak test is basically a roll out of the software update to a small number of users and is often done before a full roll out to check the software for bugs and other errors.

The Moto M, which was launched in China a month ago and has just been released in India, is confirmed by Moto India to be getting a Nougat update soon.  

Motorola has confirmed that the other devices which will receive the update are: the Moto G Plus (4th Gen)
Moto G Play (4th Gen), Moto X Pure Edition (3rd Gen), Moto X Style, Moto X Play, Moto X Force, Droid Turbo 2, Droid Maxx 2, Moto Z, Moto Z Droid, Moto Z Force Droid, Moto Z Play and the Moto Z Play Droid. They mentioned this was the full list, so if you don’t see your phone here, you’re out of luck. For exact roll out dates for your country and carrier, Motorola updates its software update info here.

AndroidPIT moto z play vs Moto g4 plus 0525 Lenovo has decided to be a little more proactive with the Moto family for Nougat. / © AndroidPIT

 

LG​

  Android 7.0 Android 7.1
LG G3 Likely early-mid 2017 N/A
LG G4 Q3 2017 N/A
LG G5 Yes (Sprint, T-Mobile, US Cellular) N/A
LG V10 Q2 2017 N/A
LG 20 Yes N/A

The LG V20 is the first smartphone to ship with Android Nougat right out of the box. LG was one of the first manufacturers to produce the Marshmallow update, so we can expect speedy updates for LG’s other smartphones.

In the US, Nougat is now available for LG G5 devices on Sprint, T-Mobile, US Cellular and now Verizon. Users have just begun reporting on Reddit that they’re receiving upgrades on their Verizon LG G5 phones, so the roll out has begun. We expect AT&T to get it in the next couple of months.

The LG V10 Android Nougat update will being rolling out in South Korea in Q2 2017 and the LG G4 will get the update from Q3 2017, also in South Korea. A schedule for the rest of the world will be announced later.

Geekbench benchmark results from an LG G3 running Nougat have popped up online, meaning it and the newer G4 may be getting Nougat around the same time.

AndroidPIT lg v20 0787 The LG V20 is the first smartphone to ship with Android Nougat right out of the box. / © AndroidPIT

Nokia

Device Android 7.0 Android 7.1.1
Nokia 6 Yes Yes

HMD Global’s new Nokia 6 smartphone is expected to launch in the US, but it arrived first in China a few months ago with Android 7.0 Nougat. Now, it’s getting an update before it even hits shelves in the United States. The Nokia 6 is currently receiving an OTA update to Android 7.1.1 in Hong Kong and Taiwan. Also included in the update is the security patch for May. Handsets in mainland China had already received the Nougat update in April. That’s an impressive turnaround time compared to other manufacturers.

AndroidPIT NOKIA 6 5995 We’re still awaiting a flagship from Nokia, but the Nokia 6 is pretty good. / © AndroidPIT

 

NVIDIA

Device Android 7.0 Android 7.1
NVIDIA Shield Confirmed (late January 2017) N/A
NVIDIA Shield K1 Confirmed (late January 2017) N/A

NVIDIA has recently confirmed that its Shield and Shield K1 tablets are soon to receive Android 7.0 Nougat. At the moment NVIDIA is recruiting testers for both devices, so if all goes well the rollout should start in a few weeks. 

AndroidPIT Nvidia Shield Tablet Vs Nvidia Shield K1 4 Android Nougat has been confirmed for Nvidia Shield and Shield K1. / © AndroidPIT

 

OnePlus

Device Android 7.0 Android 7.1
OnePlus 2 Coming, date unknown N/A
OnePlus X No N/A
OnePlus 3 Yes Yes
OnePlus 3T Yes Yes

The incremental rollout of OxygenOS 4.1.0 has started and will arrive within a few days for all OnePlus 3 and OnePlus 3T users. This update is based on Android 7.1.1 Nougat, and also includes the March 1 security patch from Google and some new features and bug fixes.

With the update to OxygenOS 4.0 and above, new Nougat users can expect improvements to the design of the notifications and settings menu, new features like Multi-Window View and the ability to reply to messages directly from notifications, plus new customization options for status bar icons and the Shelf. You can read our first impressions of the update here:

OnePlus head of software Brian Yoon said to Engadget that the OnePlus 2 will also be getting Nougat, but no date is set. While the OxygenOS 3.5.8 update is rolling out for the OnePlus 2 now, unfortunately, it will not bring Nougat to the device.

The OnePlus X’s hardware doesn’t live up to the requirements for Nougat, sadly.

AndroidPIT oneplus 3 7921 Nougat is coming to the OnePlus 3. / © AndroidPIT

Samsung

Device Android 7.0 Android 7.1 Android 7.1.1
Samsung Galaxy S7 / Edge Yes TBA TBA
Samsung Galaxy A5 (2016) Yes TBA TBA
Samsung Galaxy A3 (2016) Coming, date unknown TBA TBA
Samsung Galaxy S6 / Edge / Plus Yes TBA Yes
Samsung Galaxy Note 5 Yes TBA Yes
Samsung Galaxy Note 4 No TBA No
Samsung Galaxy A5 (2014) Yes TBA TBA
Samsung Galaxy Note 3 No No No
Samsung Galaxy S5 No TBA No
Samsung Galaxy Note 2 No No No
Samsung Galaxy S3 No No No
Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 8.0 / 9.7 Yes TBA TBA
Samsung Galaxy Tab A 10.1 (2016) Yes TBA TBA

The Galaxy Tab A 10.1 (2016) is now reportedly getting its first official Android 7.0 Nougat update. It’s expected that the update will bring some battery life improvements with it, along with performance increases, better notifications and multitasking capabilities. 

AT&T has recently announced that both the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge will be receiving an update to Android 7.0 Nougat. The rollout has already begun and is being distributed via OTA, so it may take a couple of days to reach your device. The update weighs in at around 1.3 GB so you will need to ensure you have enough free space to download and install Nougat on your Galaxy S6 or S6 Edge. The latest update includes Samsung Cloud and Samsung Pass, including a number of other fixes and enhancements. AT&T has also confirmed that the update will include the security patch for April as well.

After all major carriers in the US had rolled out the Android Nougat update for their branded Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge devices, US Cellular is finally catching up. The wireless carrier has begun rolling out the Android Nougat update for its devices (as of March 20, 2017). The unlocked US Galaxy S7 edge is getting Nougat, and now it’s non-edge counterpart is too.

The update to Android 7.0 Nougat has already begun in India for the Galaxy S6 Edge+, and now it is coming to both the Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge. The roughly 1,245 MB update comes with the build numbers G920IDVU3FQD1 and G925IDVU3FQD1, respectively.

As of April 23, 2017, T-Mobile has confirmed that it will roll out the Android Nougat update to its Galaxy Note 5 devices. Users should start seeing this on their devices as of next week.

Sprint, AT&T, and Verizon have released the Android 7.0 Nougat update for the Galaxy Note 5 and Galaxy S6 edge+. Verizon users of the Note 5 received firmware version N920VVRU3CQB9, which brought with it the ability to create GIFs, get instant translations, send messages with the S Pen air command menu and use the S Pen to edit PDFs. The Galaxy S6 edge+ received firmware version G928VVRU3CQB9. 

The Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 (8.0 and 9.7) are now getting an update to Android Nougat, as users have reported in Germany and Italy.

Samsung Turkey recently released a list of the devices that will receive the Android 7.0 Nougat update, which confirmed that the Samsung Galaxy Note 5 is set to receive the long awaited update. Now, a month later, Note 5 users have confirmed that Android Nougat has officially started rolling out.

For Europe-based Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge devices, the wait for Android Nougat finally appears to be over. Samsung began rolling out its Nougat update on March 29, arriving with the build number G928FXXU3CQC2. It also brought along with it the long awaited Android security patch for March as well as a few bug fixes. The OTA update may take a few days to reach you, but there’s always the option of installing the update manually via the Settings. 

Beta testing ended in December, and now Android 7.0 Nougat is here for Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge devices on AT&T, T-Mobile, Sprint and finally Verizon.

The Galaxy A5 (2016) is getting the Nougat OTA in Russia and India now, and the A7 (2016) is getting the update in India, too. We’ve heard that the A3 (2016) will be getting Nougat as well, but there is no roll out timeline yet. The Galaxy S5 is incompatible with Nougat, sadly.

AndroidPIT Samsung galaxy s7 4 The Galaxy S7 is sure to be one of the first Samsung devices to see Android Nougat. / © AndroidPIT

Sony

Device Android 7.0 Android 7.1 Android 7.1.1
Xperia X Performance, Xperia XZ Yes N/A Yes
Xperia X, Xperia X Compact Yes N/A Expected
Xperia Z5, Z5 Premium, Z5 Compact,
Z3+ and Z4 tablets
Yes N/A Expected
Xperia XA, XA Ultra Spring 2017 N/A Expected

Though slightly behind on their promise to be the first non-Google manufacturer to release Android 7.1.1 (Samsung beat them to the punch), Sony released the Android 7.1.1 firmware with the build number 41.2.A.2.199. for the Xperia XZ and Xperia X Performance today (25.4.2017). 

Sony Mobile’s Concept team wants to be the first non-Google manufacturer to release Android 7.1.1, but they didn’t reveal for which devices. They said, according to XperiaBlog, “this is our number 1 priority,” and that, “if you spot any other vendor (excluding Google) releasing this faster than us, prepare your rotten tomatoes!” Their development team has the source code already and is only waiting to receive the application suite (GMS apps) and the Compatibility Test Suite from Google. They appear to be serious about getting the update out first, so we will keep an eye out to see if they’re keeping their promise.

Previously, Sony confirmed which of its Xperia devices are set to receive the Android 7.0 Nougat update in a post on its blog. “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,” said Sony. In a separate blog, they added the Xperia X Compact to that list.

Sony has announced that it has started rolling out Android 7.0 to Xperia Z5 devices. The update has already received certification and has the build number 32.3.A.0.372. Users can expect to find multi-window functionality for all their multi-tasking needs, a new self-timer function for the built-in camera and improvements to its notifications. Sony has also promised better battery life for Xperia Z5 devices following the update, which is always a welcome addition for any smartphone update. 

A presentation slide from Sony Slovakia leaked the company’s roadmap for when some of the Sony devices could be expected to receive the Android Nougat update. This was leaked by GSMarena and is transcribed below. The leaked roadmap said the Xperia X and X Compact update would come around November, but the 1.2 GB Nougat update has only just begun to arrive. The OTA roll out of 7.0 for the Xperia X Performance and Xperia XZ is already happening.

  • The Xperia X and X Compact could come around November
  • The Xperia Z5 series along with the Z3+ and Z4 tablet might be around December
  • The Xperia XA and Ultra would be the last and could happen in early 2017

androidpit xperia z3 compact vs xperia z5 compact 9 Sony was one of the first manufacturers to discuss an Android Nougat rollout schedule. / © AndroidPIT

Xiaomi

Device Android 7.0 Android 7.1
Xiaomi Mi 5 Yes N/A
Xiaomi Mi Max, Mi Note, Mi 4c, Mi 4s Confirmed (likely early 2017) N/A
Xiaomi Redmi 3S/Prime, Mi 5s, Mi Note 2, Mi Mix Unknown N/A
Xiaomi Mi 2, 2S No N/A
Xiaomi Mi 3 No N/A
Xiaomi Mi 4 No N/A

The rollout of Nougat is already underway for the Xiaomi Mi 5, and now we have confirmation that more of their smartphones will be updated to Nougat. The information comes via GSMArena from a Xiaomi representative’s post on Weibo, saying that the Mi 4c, Mi 4s, Mi Note and Mi Max will all be receiving an update. An exact date wasn’t specified, but we think it will be in Q1 2017.

Xiaomi hasn’t confirmed exactly when other smartphones like the Mi 5s, Mi Note 2 and Mi Mix will get the update to Android Nougat, but it’s likely not to be until early 2017. Bad news for owners of the Mi 2, 2S, Mi 3 and Mi 4 though, as the hardware doesn’t live up to the requirements for Nougat. 

AndroidPIT Xiaomi Mi 5 tips and tricks 0264 Xiaomi’s Mi 5 is getting the Nougat beta first. / © AndroidPIT

Incompatible smartphones

Nougat supports the Vulkan API for top-notch gaming graphics, and this requires hardware that can support Open GL ES 3.1. Mandatory support of OpenGL ES 3.1 was introduced just before Android 7.0 Nougat was finalized by Google. That means almost all the top phones from 2014 and those with Snapdragon 800/801 are inherently incompatible with Nougat. This includes the Sony Xperia Z3, Z3 compact, Nexus 5, OnePlus X, Moto X (2014), HTC One M8 and the Samsung Galaxy S5.

If your device is too old to receive Nougat, see our article on Android 6.0 Marshmallow.

Unofficial updates via custom ROM

If you want to get Android Nougat but there is no official release for your device, you may consider flashing a custom ROM to get some nice new features. CyanogenMod 14.1 is based on Android 7.1 Nougat, and is available for many devices. Their official website is here, if you want to learn more or find out if your device is now compatible.

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