The Android 7.0 Nougat has finally been released. As Google has done before, the Android 7.0 Nougat is currently available for Nexus devices. However, there is a way through which other smartphones can also get the latest firmware upgrade.
Google Nexus 6P, Nexus 5X, Nexus 6, Nexus 9 and Nexus Player are the Nexus devices that are going to receive the Android 7.0 Nougat update before smartphones and tablets from other OEMs. Other devices like Google Pixel C and General Mobile 4G (Android One) are also receiving the latest Android software.
Even though Google has released the Android 7.0 Nougat update, it will not be instantly available for all the aforementioned devices. The official Android blog has stated that the update would be released over several weeks.
Since carriers are also involved, the arrival of the Nougat update can be delayed slightly. As of this writing, factory images or OTA .zip files of Android 7.0 Nougat are unavailable. However, there is a way through which the above mentioned can get the Android Nougat update.
The idea is to enroll in the Android Beta program and then check for the arrival of the software update. As of this writing, there is no confirmation on when the update will be made available to non-Nexus devices.
However, Google has confirmed that the LG V20 that will debut on Sept. 6 will be the first smartphone without Nexus branding to launch with Android Nougat OS onboard. Last year, the Google Nexus 6P and Nexus 5X smartphones were announced on Sept. 29.
Hence, it is likely that the upcoming Nexus 2016 smartphones will be unveiled at the end of September. Nexus 2016 rumors indicate the upcoming Marlin and Sailfish Nexus smartphones will be available for purchase by October.
Once the Google Nexus 2016 smartphones are launched with Android 7.0 Nougat OS onboard, the software upgrade will be made available to other flagships of the year. The Samsung Galaxy Note 7, HTC 10, LG G5 and Sony Xperia X Performance flagship smartphones will be the first ones to get the Android 7.0 Nougat update after the Google Nexus 2016 release date.