Google’s Android 7.0 Nougat already went through the fifth and final developer preview version, meaning the next thing on the list should be releasing the public version.
While there have been numerous rumors doing rounds suggesting that the OS could be released before the end of this month, Google has not mentioned a thing about when to expect the OS. At first, a Nexus 6P user reported having received a private Android 7.0 Nougat update. Later on, Sony followed suit by opening up the flagship Xperia X Performance to the Xperia Beta Program where they can access to a beta version of Nougat.
In the same manner as Sony, South Korean tech giant, LG, has also made an audacious move of pushing a beta version of Android 7.0 Nougat to this year’s LG G5. However, this Preview program is not available to those who own the G5, in fact, it is only available to a select few in the company’s home country. Apparently, the program will only be taking in the first 2000 applicants. Getting into the program requires that users of the phone visit the local Play Store and download the LG OS preview app. Your feedback is also a valued asset for the company.
The early push to make the new Android 7.0 Nougat update available for the LG G5 can be linked to the company’s desire to become the first to have a consumer device based on the new Google OS. According to the tech giant, a new LG V20 will be here on September 6, with the official sales set to begin about two weeks later. This phone is touted as the first to come preinstalled with Android Nougat, but we still don’t know if Google will beat this date and unveil the Nexus 2016 earlier than LG.
HTC was the first to make it official that three of its newest handsets will be updated to Android 7.0 Nougat as soon as it is released, but there is no mention of a specific date. Samsung is also speaking the same language, with claims that the Galaxy Note 7 will receive the Nougat update 2-3 months from its official release. In short, it seems OEMs will be pushing to avail the new Android 7.0 Nougat update as fast as possible, probably to avoid a similar happening as to what Samsung faced in the Netherlands when it was sued for supposedly delaying software updates for its phones.