Since Google announced that their new operating system, code named Nougat, would be shipped out with the new Nexus phones. Android users around the world have being waiting anxiously for their own OEMs to give them a definite date when the new OS would be pushed to their phones.
Upgrading to a new OS is normally done by downloading the update pushed to phones by the manufacturers to the users of their specific devices.
Sometimes some smartphones makers, especially makers of cheap budget devices, don’t bother to do that. Leaving their customers to be in the dark on when to upgrade their devices to the latest OS. These mostly happens with the Chinese OEMs.
That is why some users, if they are technically inclined, of such devices do it manually. If the phone is an MTK device, some independent developers would simply develop the phone-specific ROMS with the latest OS and upload it for people to download and use to upgrade their softwares. Bless them.
That is one of the advantages of buying android smartphones from reputable companies. They all tend to push over the air (OTA) updates to users of their devices. It is the reason this list is only about these brands.
So if you are using any of them, now you’d know how long to wait before you get Android Nougat on your smartphone.
If you have the money and you are an LG fan, I am sure you would be glad to know the first Nougat phones would be from LG.
The world knows Google’s Nexus smartphones are normally the first to get the latest Android OS. For some reason, Google is allowing LG to beat them to the punch this year.
The LG V10 should also expect to get the full update soon enough.
Sony Android smartphones
As you’ve probably seen Google unveil Android version 7.0, Nougat we’ve seen lots of questions on our upgrade roadmap and plans – so, here goes…
Though it is cheeky of them not to put a specific time-frame on when they’ll start pushing out the updates. Basically, they are telling users to keep refreshing that page for any new info.
One advantage of having Nexus is that you get to be the first to get a new Android OS. And so it is with Android Nougat. The new OS is already available for Nexus 6P, 5X, 6, 9, and the Pixel C tablet.
And of course the new Nexus phone, likely to be made by HTC, would surely come with an Android 7 OS.
As the dominant Android phone maker, Samsung would do their outmost best best to make sure they maintain that position. One way to do that is to make sure high-end Samsung devices especially the Galaxy series get the Nougat update as soon as possible.
Those living outside that region would not have long to wait to get theirs. Generally, those with the latest flagship devices would get it first before users of older models.
As the likely makers of the next Nexus device, they would naturally and definitely get the Nougat software directly from Google. And so it proved from an August 24 tweet where HTC gleefully announced they already have the software from Google.
The tweet proudly announced that HTC 10 devices would get the update in the last quarter of this year. Other devices like the HTC One M9, One A9 and locked versions of the phone would get theirs soon after.
To be on the safe side, I would say all HTC high-end devices would get the update by the first quarter of next year.
I guess some of you are already wetting your lips in anticipation of getting Android Nougat on your devices. To be sure you are up to date, you can bookmarked the manufacturers web page and keep refreshing it everyday for the latest announcements.
Or you can follow them on Twitter or Facebook to get regular updates.
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