Ever since Google released Android Nougat, non-Nexus users have probably been wondering when their devices will start receiving the new OS.
As usual, Google Nexus devices are the top priority when it comes to receiving major software updates. The Nexus 6P, Nexus 5X and Nexus 6 are already receiving this OS alongside the Nexus 9 tablet and Android One devices. However, major Android OEMs are yet to start pushing out the update, among them Samsung, Motorola, Sony, just to name but a few.
With last year’s Android Marshmallow, Motorola led the way when it comes to rolling out the update. Sony was listed as the company whose update is the most stable and error-free. As for Samsung, it took months before the first device received the OS. But what about 2016 and Android Nougat?
Sony seems to be ready to lead the way this year thanks to a leak that came from the company’s presentation in Slovakia, confirming the Android Nougat update for a number of its handsets from the recent past. Apparently, the Xperia XZ and Xperia X Performance will be getting the OS this October. The likes of Xperia X and Xperia X Compact can expect to get the same OS in November while those on the Xperia Z5, Z4 Tablet and Z3+ should start seeing the update around December. The mid-range Xperia XA and XA Ultra will be up for the update in early 2017, but the specific month is not known. Despite making it up to the 4th Developer Preview, the Xperia Z3 is nowhere in the list.
The Japanese tech giant has also opened the Xperia Beta Program to Xperia X Performance users, but it is limited to a few regions across the globe. With this subscription, it shows that the company is working fast to see that the update is ready for installation.
As for those using Motorola handsets, the newest members in town should lead the way. These include the Moto Z series, the Moto G4 series as well as the Moto X. The mid-range Moto E3 is also expected to be part of the update, but this should wait until next year, just like the Xperia XA models. Another OEM that is also in the race to push out Android Nougat is Samsung. According to reports, the South Korean tech giant has already begun tests for the OS on Samsung Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge. This should not end here, though, as the likes of Samsung Galaxy S6 and Galaxy Note 5 are also eligible for the update, but when this will happen is still a mystery.
With Samsung saying that it needs around two to three months in order to get Android Nougat ready for the likes of Galaxy Note 7 and Galaxy S7, it is possible that this wait could take us deep into November or early December. We’ll be here to let you know when this happens. Keep following us!