Android Nougat got official earlier this year at Google’s annual I/O 2016 developer conference. Since then Google has been pushing out beta updates to its testers left, right and centre. If you have an eligible Nexus phone you CAN install a beta build of Android Nougat right now.
Android Nougat will apparently get a release in August, but, interestingly, the Nexus 5 will NOT be receiving it — this was bound to happen, however. Old hardware is eventually phased-out and the Nexus 5, while still a solid handset, is getting pretty long in the tooth these days.
The first handsets to get any new Android update are ALWAYS Nexus phones; this is one of the big USPs about owning one. With Android Nougat, the Nexus 6p, Nexus 5x, Nexus 6 and Google’s Pixel devices will all be first inline, meaning those with eligible handsets could be rocking the gold-standard Android N update on their phone in a matter of days or weeks.
If you’re rocking a Samsung, LG, HTC or any other type of Android phone, well, you’ll likely be waiting quite a bit longer. Despite advancements in technology over the years, Android OEMs, for whatever reason, still suck REALLY HARD at getting Android updates out in a timely manner.
Nevertheless, there will be some handsets launched around the time Android 7.0 Nougat gets a release date, including Google’s new Nexus 2016 phones. Another option — if you’re in the US — is the LG V20, which is tipped to be one of the first non-Nexus Android phone out the blocks.
The LG V20 will get a release date in September, no doubt as a tactical move to protect LG’s interests against increased threats for Apple with its iPhone 7 and Samsung’s Galaxy Note 7.