Google has officially released Android 7.0 Nougat yesterday. While it might sound like good news, the real dilemma is the question ?Will my phone get the update??.
For a common Android phone user, software updates, most often than not, cause a lot of frustrations. The main cause of frustrations is whether or not their phone will get the new update as well as when exactly are they going to get it.
For next-gen Nexus phone users, they can pretty much get their phone operating system upgraded right away. This is true for Nexus 6, Nexus 5X, Nexus 6P and Nexus 9. Other gadgets like the Nexus Player, Pixel C, and General Mobile 4G are also eligible for the update. These phones do not have a lot of problems when it comes to updates since they are hard-wired for Android.
Unfortunately, the same cannot be said for other Nexus devices. Nexus 5 and Nexus 7 will not be getting the Android Nougat update. At least not right away.
For other brands, like Samsung, HTC, Motorola, LG, and the rest, there is no telling when exactly the update will be available. It all depends on how much the phone manufacturer has put into the base operating system. For example, Motorola Moto Z and Moto G4 phones are known to have very minimal modifications to the Android operating system. They are the closest users can get to a stock Android if they are not using a Nexus phone. This also means that since only minor changes were made to the original OS, it might be possible that Motorola will be able to release their version sooner.
Probably next to roll out the Android Nougat will be LG and HTC. Last year, they were the next in line with the Android Marshmallow release.
Finally, Samsung users will probably have to wait between three to five months before they can finally update to Android Nougat. This is not a surprise since last year, Samsung users waited around five months before they got their hands on Android Marshmallow.
For non-Nexus mobile device users, it is probably safe to say that an update will not be available until the first quarter of 2017. However, for those who cannot wait that long, they could probably get the upcoming LG V20. Due to be unveiled in Sept. 6, this phone will be the first mobile phone to come out-of-the-box with Nougat pre-installed.
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