Android Nougat is finally out and it is currently rolling out to compatible devices. However, as usual, the first rollout goes to those with the latest Google Nexus devices, which are led by the Nexus 6P, Nexus 5X and the slightly older Nexus 6.
Like other previous releases of Android OS, the latest version will not come your way as fast as you may want it to, especially if you are not using any Nexus-branded device. But for those using some of the latest flagships, expect to see the OTA notification sometimes later this year or even earlier next year.
Motorola was recently ranked as the fastest manufacturer when it comes to rolling out updates, with LG following closely. If this is considered, we could see a good number of Motorola handsets updated to Android Nougat before the year ends, probably in November. These phones include the flagship Moto Z as well as the mid-range Moto G4. As for the case of LG, the 2016 flagship – LG G5 – is already into the beta program, meaning we could see the full version come out sooner than later. The company has also confirmed that the LG V20, which will be launched early next month, will come preinstalled with Android Nougat.
Another manufacturer that could come in with Android Nougat updates before the end of the year is Sony. The older Xperia Z3 was part of the beta program long before the Xperia X Performance jumped onto the same bandwagon a few weeks ago. With this in mind, expect the likes of Xperia X, Xperia XA, and Xperia XA Ultra to join the party as soon as the other two start receiving the stable update. HTC and Samsung have also voiced their desire to have the update on their most recent devices as soon as possible, with Samsung Galaxy Note 7 expected to be updated within the next three months. This is nothing strange since Android Marshmallow took about the same time before it first hit a non-Nexus device.
With Google Nexus 6P and Nexus 5X already receiving Android Nougat as at the time of this writing, other phones are also expected to be getting ready for the same. However, since these other phones do not get the update directly from Google like with the case of Nexus devices and instead it is pushed by their manufacturers, it takes time for the update to show up on these devices. This is because the OEM must first test the Android OS in order to make sure that it runs perfectly on their devices before pushing it to the public.