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Android 7.0 Nougat update overview for smartphones and tablets

Update: Nvidia Shield and Shield K1 to receive Android 7.0

Android 7.0 Nougat is official. Hit the links below to jump straight to the latest news or scroll down find out whether your device will receive the Android 7.0 and/or 7.1 Nougat update. The latest news is that Nvidia has confirmed a Nougat update for the Shield and Shield K1 tablets

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Availability by manufacturer

Google HTC Huawei/Honor
Lenovo/Motorola LG Nvidia
OnePlus Samsung Sony
  Xiaomi  

Google

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.

Android 7.1.1 Nougat is now here for the following devices: Pixel, Pixel XL, Pixel C, Nexus 6, Nexus 6P (except Verizon), Nexus 5X and Nexus 9. This update (factory images and OTA) will bring Pixel's features to the Nexus line, and will upgrade all of these devices from the Android 7.1 Developer Preview (if they weren't already, in the case of the Pixels). Roll out is underway now for the Nexus 6.

UK Pixel and Pixel XL devices on O2 will be getting a maintenance update (build number NMF26Q) to fix some MMS sending and receiving issues. Specifically, it will “remove spaces in front of APN types so that telephony can find APNs that can handle a particular type properly.”

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

 

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Android 7.1.1 Nougat brings great features to the flagship Pixel phones. / © AndroidPIT

HTC

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. 

  Android 7.0 Android 7.1
HTC 10 Yes (unlocked version), Early 2017 (carrier edition) N/A
HTC One M9 Yes (unlocked), Early 2017 (carrier edition) N/A
HTC One A9 Confirmed, likely early 2017 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

 

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

 

Huawei / Honor

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.

Honor 8 devices can now receive the beta build of EMUI 5/Nougat, and the official roll out of Android 7.0 Nougat with EMUI 5.0 will start in February 2017. However, 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 6X will launch with Marshmallow, but at its CES unveiling, the Nougat update release timing was confirmed for Q2 2017. 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.

  Android 7.0 Android 7.1
Huawei Mate 9 Yes N/A
Huawei Mate 8 Yes N/A
Huawei P9 Yes N/A
Huawei P9 Plus Q1 2017 (second round) N/A
Huawei P9 Lite Q1 2017 (second round) N/A
nova Q1 2017 (second round) N/A
nova Plus Q1 2017 (second round) N/A
Honor 8 Beta currently, 7.0 release in 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 Q2 2017  

 

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

Lenovo / Motorola

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.

Motorola says that the Moto Z and Moto Z Force are getting Android 7.0 Nougat updates now, and they'll be the first non-Google manufactured smartphones to be deemed officially Daydream-ready. The Moto G4 and G4 Plus have just begun seeing their OTA updates to Nougat in India, according to users on the XDA Developers forum. 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.

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

 

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Lenovo has decided to be a little more proactive with the Moto family for Nougat. / © AndroidPIT

LG

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.

Based on the roll out timing of previous updates for the device, LG V10 is likely to get Nougat around March. 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.

  Android 7.0 Android 7.1
LG G5 Yes (Sprint, T-Mobile, US Cellular) N/A
LG G4 Likely early-mid 2017 N/A
LG V10 Likely March 2017 N/A
LG V20 Yes N/A
LG G3 Likely early-mid 2017 N/A

 

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

Nvidia

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. 

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

 

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

OnePlus

OnePlus has confirmed that the latest update, OxygenOS 4.0.2, will be rolled out to all OnePlus 3 and OnePlus 3T devices over the next few days. The rollout will be done, as usual, as an incremental OTA update, so only a small percentage of devices will be updated on its release. That said, a much broader distribution will take place over the coming days. 

The rollout of a new OxygenOS 4.0.1 update has begun for both the OnePlus 3 and OnePlus 3T. The update will allow for workarounds for a known issue with the Google Play Store not downloading apps. OnePlus says to try the following workarounds: follow Google's troubleshooting steps, try Battery Saving mode, reset Play Store app preferences, and uninstall Truecaller, AVG Antivirus and PayTm if you have them. The update also should fix mobile data issues caused by APN settings for certain carriers, proximity sensor bugs during calls and WiFi connectivity fluctuations.

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

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

 

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Nougat is coming to the OnePlus 3. / © AndroidPIT

Samsung

Samsung started running Nougat on Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge devices in some regions, including the US and UK, as a beta program in November. A total of five beta tests of Android Nougat were made available for the Galaxy S7, which came to a close on December 30, 2016.

We have news that some Galaxy S7 devices are receiving the update to Android 7.0 Nougat right now, in what appears to be a soak test by Samsung before a bigger public roll out. It is only rolling out to a small number of users at the moment, so don't worry if you haven't gotten an update yet. 

Samsung finally commenced its Nougat update for all unlocked Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge devices on January 12, following the end of a long beta testing period. It has recently been reported that Samsung has halted the rollout of the Nougat update to Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge devices in China after a series of bugs and other issues were present on their release. For the moment these issues seem to be confined to China alone, where a new beta version of Android 7.0 has been issued with the software version number G9350ZCU2ZQA4 and weighs in at 213.3 MB. There is still a chance that further issues may become apparent as the rollout continues. 

The full Android 7.0 firmware for the Galaxy S7 has recently been released, though for the moment it is only available for the UK and the Czech Republic. There hasn't been any word on a firmware release for the Galaxy S7 Edge to date, but it should not be too far behind. 

It is likely that the various S6 models and the Note 5 will also update directly to 7.1.1 in early 2017. There is evidence that the updates are nearly ready for release. A Galaxy S6 model running Nougat has recently appeared on the GFXBench online database. This may indicate that Samsung could be in the final stages of testing a new software update for the S6, S6 Edge and S6 Edge Plus devices. T-Mobile posted that it's "preparing to deliver a software update" for the Galaxy S7, Galaxy S7 Edge, Galaxy Note 5, Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge Plus.

We just heard that the Galaxy A5 (2016) and A3 (2016) will be getting Nougat, but there is no roll out timeline yet. Here's a real surprise: the Samsung Galaxy A5 (2014) will be getting the update in late January, starting with the carrier Optus in Australia. That's not a typo, it's really the 2014 version, which will make it one of the longest supported Samsung devices ever.

The Galaxy S5 is incompatible with Nougat, sadly.

  Android 7.0 Android 7.1 Android 7.1.1
SAMSUNG GALAXY S6 / EDGE / PLUS N/A N/A Likely early 2017
SAMSUNG GALAXY S7 / EDGE Yes N/A Unknown
SAMSUNG GALAXY A5 (2016) Coming, date unknown N/A Unknown
SAMSUNG GALAXY A3 (2016) Coming, date unknown N/A Unknown
SAMSUNG GALAXY NOTE 5 N/A N/A Likely early 2017
SAMSUNG GALAXY NOTE 4 No N/A No
SAMSUNG GALAXY S5 No N/A No
Samsung Galaxy A5 (2014) January 2017 N/A Unknown

 

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

Sony

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
  Android 7.0 Android 7.1 Android 7.1.1
Xperia X Performance, Xperia XZ Yes N/A Expected
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

 

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Sony was one of the first manufacturers to discuss an Android Nougat rollout schedule. / © AndroidPIT

Xiaomi

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. 

  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

 

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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.

Does your phone have Android Nougat? What do you think about the Android update?

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  • Jon Crawford 50 minutes ago Link to comment

    Got Nougat on my UK (BTU) S7 Edge yesterday (18th Jan). Now awaiting for my nVidia Shield TV (2015) and Xperia Z4 LTE tablet ...

  • Sony have released it now for the Z5 but i probably won't get it for another two months because ee which is my provider won't release it till they've done all their tests which takes forever.

  • Incredibly great

  • I'm not with Optus AU but Telstra AU, and it looks like we are being bent over again when it comes to updates here in Australia. It's bad enough when my carrier releases updates 5 months after everyone else gets them.

    • Brittany McGhee
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      3 weeks ago Link to comment

      Which device do you have?

      • @ Brittany. It says on Dwarfer66's profile a S6 edge,S7 edge I read somewhere I think? and a Tab S.
        @Dwarfer66. I know the feeling same here in south africa, I think it's even worse in south africa than in Australia when it comes to updates. I flashed my device with European firmware, much better and much more frequent updates since.

  • Galaxy Tab A (2016) will this get the new update

  • Samsung owners will start receiving Nougat update soon after Google releases Android 8.0

  • Nougat update for Samsung s7 edge, i hope it will be so sooon.

  • rick 1 month ago Link to comment

    ill have the s8 befor i see the update fot the s7. Samsung updates suck. always gotta wait too long

    • Brittany McGhee
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      1 month ago Link to comment

      The update for the S7 should come soon! Hopefully updates will be faster in the future! Thanks for your comment, Rick.

    • Indeed you will receive nougat soon, as promised by samsung,.... soon after the s8 range is released. They do it every year won't surprise me if it's the same this year. They will probably test untill February/March or so and then carriers etc. will "test" and add bloatware and all of their rubbish apps and then the S8 will be released and after a month or so you will see nougat if you are lucky... very lucky. And if you install non-carrier firmware you might get it a month or so before carrier versions. So not a advantage in either case as the s8 will have it already if you purchase the s8.

  • Hard to believe the validity of an article that says that Nougat is "Coming soon" for the Note 7. Don't think so.

    • Bastian Siewers
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      1 month ago Link to comment

      Hey BruinGuy,
      sadly we missed that one in this long list, but we fixed it of course. Thanks for pointing it out! :)

  • I didn't get the opportunity to apply for the Android 7.0 beta version for Galaxy S7 Edge.

  • Waiting for Android 7.0 on my Galaxy S7 edge

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    The Galaxy S5 is incompatible with Nougat, sadly.
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    I do not see why/how this can be?

    Samsung S5 Plus SM-G901F CM 14 and CM 14.1 see XDADEVELOPERS forum.

    Still I do not get how S5 would be incompatible for the latest Android. I think it's a marketing-scam of Samsung making no effort to build a Rom version Nougat for this phone. 🖓

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