Google debuted the first developer preview of Android Nougat in March, something that surprised many. Apparently, there are more surprises being lined up for you, among them a possible early release for the stable version of the OS.
Even though the search engine giant has remained silent with respect to when the release date for Android Nougat really is, information has surfaced from Canada suggesting that the OS could start rolling out this week, beginning Monday 22. If the source, Telus mobile carrier, is to be believed, both Google Nexus 6P and Nexus 5X will be the ones to receive the early update. While Telus’ schedule says nothing about the Nexus 6, a phablet that was released back in November 2014, the update is also expected to come to this device at about the same time as the 6P and 5X.
When Google finally pulls the curtains down on Android Nougat, the next thing will be to bring forward the Nexus 2016 phones. Dubbed Marlin and Sailfish, the phones will share the same hardware specs, apart from the sheer size and variations in screen resolutions.
Seemingly, it is confirmed that Nexus 6P, Nexus 5X and Nexus 6 will be the first phones to be updated to Android Nougat. However, the story is a little bit different for those still holding onto their Nexus 5 and Nexus 7 devices. Apparently, these two will not be among the Nexus devices to be updated with Android Nougat once it is ready for release. The main reason behind the omission of these two is because of their age.
Traditionally, Google Nexus devices are usually the first to receive a new software update with the rest of the Android family following up later. A recent research found the likes of Motorola and LG to be the fastest when it comes to rolling out Marshmallow updates, and the same could be a repeat, especially since LG G5 is already running on a beta version of Android Nougat. The story is also the same for Sony Xperia X Performance, which has also joined the Android Nougat beta ship.
HTC and Samsung have talked about releasing the new update in the shortest time possible following its release, with the former specifying that HTC 10, HTC One A9 and One M9 will be the first to be updated with the OS. As for Samsung, the Galaxy Note 7 will lead the way followed by Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge. Last year’s Galaxy S6 series and Galaxy Note 5 should join the list somewhere in early 2017, unless otherwise.