Google is expected to release the public version of Android Nougat this summer. Last year’s Marshmallow came to life on September 29, but this year’s version is expected at least a month earlier.
This follows the company’s early release of the first Android Nougat developer preview, which came in March as opposed to its predecessor which showed up in May 2015. Of course, this was expected once Google came in with an early beta, but the company has not been vocal about this date.
Instead, the latest reports are coming in from a reliable leaker who goes by the name Evan Blass. According to the seasoned leaker, Android Nougat will be here this month. When it is released, the OS will come along with the latest security patch dated 8/5, which means the OS could be here probably by mid this month. While there are probably thousands of people out there who own Google Nexus devices and are eagerly waiting for the new Android 7.0 Nougat to be out, not all Nexus devices will be entitled to this latest OS.
In the same report, Blass vividly confirms that Google will not avail the new Nougat update to those using the Nexus 5. This is not the best news for those who still own this 2013 LG-made Nexus 5 handset, but this was expected given that the device was not even part of the Android Beta Program. However, for those using last year’s Nexus 5X and Nexus 6P as well as the likes of Nexus 9/9G, Pixel C, Nexus 6 and General Mobile 4G (Android One), brace yourself for an Android Nougat update before this month comes to an end.
The fact that Google is working on an early Android Nougat release could also mean that we get to see the Nexus 2016 handsets earlier than last year. HTC is believed to be working on two handsets codenamed Marlin and Sailfish. While the former will succeed the Nexus 6P, the latter will take the place of the Nexus 5X. Still, neither Google nor HTC has given out details of the expected release date of these two handsets, but it should be happening this fall.