Android 7.0 Nougat was announced back in March, something that was seen as unusual in the operating system’s recent history as far as the first developer version is concerned.
Consequently, the stable version of Android 7.0 Nougat was also released earlier than usual, starting to roll out on the 22nd day of last month. As usual, the update was first availed to Google Nexus 6P, Nexus 6 and Nexus 5X, which are the three latest Nexus handsets in the market right now. However, this was only happening for those who had been part of the Android Beta Program. But what about other users of Google Nexus devices that are still compatible with the new Nougat OS? Well, the only option was to wait for Google to start rolling out the OTA files or the factory images.
Google, however, recently announced on Twitter that the OTA files of the Nexus 6P will soon start rolling out to all persons using the handsets. This basically explains why these OTA files and factory images were not availed in the first place, but they are now, at least for the Nexus 6P.
If you can’t sit around and wait for the update to come to your Google Nexus 6P handset, the released files allow for manual installation of Android 7.0 Nougat on your phone via any of the factory image or OTA file. The factory image of the handset can be downloaded right from this link while those who are okay with the OTA file can also get it from here.
Just to give you a heads-up, be warned that some users who have already installed Android 7.0 Nougat on their Google Nexus 6P are complaining of excessive battery drains. Of course, this is something common with new software, but Google should work on it with a near-future update. As a result, it is recommended that you sit back and wait for the newer version, which should be more stable than the first releases.
Alternatively, you can register into the Android Beta Program such that you get all the latest updates for Android 7.0 as they show up, including the latest stable version. But do keep in mind that you will keep on getting each build of the OS as Google avails it to developers unless you opt out of the program.
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