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Android 7.0 Nougat update: overview for smartphones and tablets

Update: Nougat arriving today for Verizon LG G5

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.

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Availability by manufacturer

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

Samsung

Samsung recently started running Nougat on Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge devices in some regions, including the US and UK, as a beta program in November. The beta is already on its third build version, so we will likely see the first public roll-out of Android 7.0 Nougat updates with Samsung's latest UX for the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge models soon.

A Galaxy S6 model running Android 7.0 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.

The Galaxy S5 is incompatible with Nougat, sadly. It is unknown whether the 2016 versions of the A5 and A3 will be getting Nougat.

  Android 7.0 Android 7.1
SAMSUNG GALAXY S6 / EDGE / PLUS Coming soon N/A
SAMSUNG GALAXY S7 / EDGE Beta N/A
SAMSUNG GALAXY A5 (2016) Unknown N/A
SAMSUNG GALAXY A3 (2016) Unknown N/A
SAMSUNG GALAXY NOTE 7 Coming soon N/A
SAMSUNG GALAXY NOTE 5 Coming soon N/A
SAMSUNG GALAXY NOTE 4 No N/A
SAMSUNG GALAXY S5 No N/A

 

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

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.

The Nexus 5X, 6P, Pixel C and Nexus 9 are now available for the Android 7.1 Developer Preview. In order to get it, you can enroll in the Android Beta program. If you're a bit more advanced, you can flash it to your device manually. Head to the Android Developer page for the links.

Vodaphone Australia leaked that their Nexus 6P devices would begin getting the roll out of Android 7.1.1 as a security patch update starting on December 6 (probably December 5 in the US due to the time zone difference). By day 14 of the roll out, it will be available on all of their 6P devices. According to the Developer Preview timeline, a group of devices including the Nexus 6P, Nexus 5X, Pixel, Pixel XL and Pixel C, will all get the update to 7.1.1 at the same time, if they haven't already (in the case of the Pixel and Pixel XL).

  Android 7.0 Android 7.1 Android 7.1.1
Google Pixel / XL No Yes Yes
Nexus 6P Yes Yes Yes, Preview 2 (Final release December 5-6)
Nexus 5X Yes Yes Yes, Preview 2 (Final release December 5-6)
Pixel C Yes Yes Yes, Preview 2 (Final release December 5-6)
Nexus 9 Yes Yes Yes, Preview 2 (Final release December 5-6)
Nexus 6 Yes No No Preview (Final release December 5-6)
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/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.

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.

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

Sony

The OTA roll out for the Xperia X Performance and Xperia XZ has already begun.

Sony has 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.

A presentation slide from Sony Slovakia leaked the company's roadmap for when some of the Sony devices could receive the Android Nougat update. This was leaked by GSMarena and is transcribed below. The roadmap said the Xperia X and X Compact would come around November, but it has yet to arrive.

  • 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
Xperia X Performance, Xperia XZ Yes N/A
Xperia X, Xperia X Compact around November 2016 (late) N/A
Xperia Z5, Z5 Premium, Z5 Compact, Z3+ and Z4 tablets around December 2016 N/A
Xperia XA, XA Ultra Spring 2016 N/A

 

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

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 will begin with the Huawei Mate 8 and P9, followed by the P9 Plus, P9 Lite, nova, and nova Plus.

Honor 8 devices can now receive the beta build of EMUI 5/Nougat. Older Honor devices haven't been confirmed to be getting Nougat yet. 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 5C is rumored to be getting EMUI 5, but the source of the rumor is a page which Honor India has since taken down.

Devices not receiving the update to EMUI 5/Nougat are 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 Q1 2017 (first round) N/A
Huawei P9 Q1 2017 (first round) 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 N/A
Honor 5X Coming, date unknown N/A
Honor 5C Rumored 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

 

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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 is also supposed to be getting Nougat in Q4 2016, but we haven't seen it roll out just yet.

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) Q4 2016 N/A
Moto G Plus (4th Gen) Coming, date unknown 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 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

 

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

OnePlus

OnePlus 3 devices can now get in on the open beta for Android 7.0 Nougat. OnePlus 3T devices disappointingly came out of the box with Marshmallow and can't get the Nougat beta just yet, despite technically being newer than the OnePlus 3. Regardless, the beta is confirmed to arrive soon. The final release of Nougat will be released to both phones at the same time, though. 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 No
OnePlus X No No
OnePlus 3 Beta No
OnePlus 3T Beta coming soon .

 

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Nougat is coming to the OnePlus 3. / © AndroidPIT

Xiaomi

Beta testing applications are now open for Xiaomi's Nougat-based MIUI 8, for those who own the global ROM version of the Xiaomi Mi 5. The 32 GB Mi Max and Redmi 3S/Prime are also allowed to beta test the MIUI 8, but not the Nougat-based version yet.

Xiaomi hasn't confirmed when other smartphones 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 Beta N/A
Xiaomi Mi Max Unknown N/A
Xiaomi Redmi 3S/Prime 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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  • When Android one 1st gen will get nogut update?

  • RevLauren 16 hours ago Link to comment

    We all always want updates, but why would anyone feel "cheated?" The paragraph under the heading "Incompatible Phones" explains that this isn't an arbitrary decision, but rather one based on compatibility of hardware. "... this requires hardware that can support Open GL ES 3.1. " This requirement will exclude many phones with older processors and graphics.

  • Time to buy a new one sugar

  • I have a Nexus 5 and I feel cheated that I can't get the Nougat update. I don't think that the phone is that old that I feel it should be allowed to have the update. I hope they don't expect me to buy a new phone just to be able to have the update

  • At the moment there's a public beta of Android 7 (with EMUI 5.0) rolling out to the Huawei P9 - if you have joined via their Beta app.

  • Don't no

  • When will T-Mobile pin down a date for the Samsung Galaxy Note 5 update. I keep hearing that it's on the way, but no firm date yet.
    So that we are clear I read the article here. But it still doesn't give a lock down date.

    According to iTech Post, many Samsung devices are scheduled to get the the Nougat update soon, possibly in December. Now, 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'll let you know when we hear from other carriers.

  • Just reading the comments a bit further back...people are still waiting for their 7.0 update...sometimes delays in updates are brought about by the carrier you are using.
    For example, here in Australia, Telstra holds updates back because they are 'testing' them for 'compatibility'...one of the many reasons I don't use them anymore.
    We haven't had a single issue since we started with Optus...just sayin'

  • Which today as warned consumers that Updates for Phones or Pc can also cause morning drainage on Batteries,and even warned people that the Nougat update can cut the battery life more on Android web browsing more,so i think i will wait for a bit until Nougat is sorted out and cut battery draining

  • I've been running the beta 7.0 on my SM-G930F for a few days and it's flawless except the theme store.

  • I've been running 7.0 on my Nexus 6P since I received it OTA back in September...it seems like a tweaked 6.1 but I love it.

  • I am running a custom nougat rom on my s7 edge, and I must say it is very smooth and fast.

  • I asked Honor about Nougat for 4C, and they said, that it will get Nougat.

  • Tam Oor 4 weeks ago Link to comment

    Waiting for 7.1 on my Nexus 6 :)

  • Dean L. 4 weeks ago Link to comment

    Nice to see that the LG G4 will be getting Nougat.

  • Android Nougat 7.0 is released for Moto G4 plus and Moto Z, in Indian market but still my mobile can't show any update I don't know what the reason behind of this...

  • Moto g3 should get android N

  • I hope the lg v10 gets the update

  • steve 2 months ago Link to comment

    I think google could use a few tips off the rooted fraternity for some of ideas with this hyped up 7.0 launch.

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