Android Nougat is slowly picking up pace, but it has yet to cross the 1% mark, according to the latest numbers released by the search engine giant.
Google did the unusual when it rolled out the OS on August 22, 2016, more than a month before the expected dates of somewhere in September or October. With this scenario, the Android maker gave OEMs a better chance of delivering the same updates to their flagships before the end of last year. Given that all non-Google Android OEMs have to play around with the stock OS before rolling it out to their devices, it usually takes some time before the OTA files become available.
According to the latest figures put together by Android Authority, the fastest Android OEM to roll out Android Nougat was LG. The South Korean giant only needed 78 days to make the update available for LG G5 users. Furthermore, the company beat Google by becoming the first to unveil a device powered by Android Nougat out of the box.
LG G5 started receiving the Nougat treat on November 8, but this was only in South Korea. Still, it took Sprint less than two weeks to make the OS available in the U.S., with the first OTA starting to roll out from November 20. While LG was the first to make the OTA files of this OS available, it was not the first to do so in the U.S. Motorola beat it to this game, making Android Nougat available for Verizon’s Moto Z Droid and Moto Z Force Droid beginning November 18 (88 days).
It took HTC 95 days to update the unlocked HTC 10 to Android Nougat, starting November 25 and in early December, the same update became available for HTC One M9 users. However, just recently, the update to HTC 10 was halted (at least for European models, with the company citing bugs as the reason to this. Still, it should be back out within the next three weeks, latest reports can confirm.
Sony also managed to roll out Android Nougat updates within 100 days, with the Xperia X Performance and Xperia XZ leading the way starting November 29 and November 30, respectively. The Xperia X and X Compact joined the party later on starting December 16.
Many might be wondering where Samsung is. Well, as usual, the South Korean behemoth has always lagged behind when it comes to rolling out major software updates. As it is, the first Samsung Galaxy S7 phone to see Android Nougat OTA had to wait for a whole 143 days, starting on January 12, 2017. In fact, the tech giant, which leads the way when it comes to global smartphone shipments, was beaten to this update by Xiaomi (126 days) and OnePlus (131 days), with the latter rolling it out on the last day of 2016.
Huawei has yet to make the update available to any of its flagships, but recent claims have shown that the Mate 8 may just have started receiving the OTA update. On the contrary, the Chinese OEM already has a device on the market based on this new OS out of the box – the Huawei Mate 9. This phone is already selling in the U.S. and is also headed to Europe following its launch in China in November 2016.
As you can see from these findings, LG is the go-to OEM when it comes to rolling out fast software updates. It also happened last year with the LG G4 and Android Marshmallow, meaning it should also happen with the successor to Android Nougat, probably known as Android O. Motorola is not far behind and if you want to get a phone that will be updated to Android O probably before the end of this year, you can factor in the Lenovo-owned company. It also took HTC and Sony less than 100 days to make the updates available to its devices, making them not-so-bad choices for those who like being leaders in receiving software updates.
On the downside, the companies are only rolling out these updates to their major flagships. In fact, it is only Motorola that has included the midrange Moto G4 and G4 Plus in the update, but the rest are only making the update available to their flagships. So, be careful with the choice of phone this 2017, for you might end up not getting Android O OTA this year even if you are using an LG, HTC or Sony smartphone.