ZTE Axon 7 has finally made it to Android Nougat, but for now, it remains only available to beta testers of the OS.
The German wing of the company announced that it will be taking in just 20 beta testers who own the ZTE Axon 7 flagship, a figure that appears too small compared to the number of Axon 7 phones out there. Nonetheless, this is just a usual test and in fact, the smaller the figure, the better and easier it is to take care of the feedback and implement it.
ZTE had confirmed that the new Android Nougat OS will start rolling out to the Axon 7 this Q1 2017, but there was no word on whether this will begin as a beta testing program. Having said this, it shouldn’t be long before the OS starts hitting the mainstream users of the phone, especially since beta testing programs tend to be short.
The Chinese company has gone public with this announcement via its official forum, but as it is, chances of making it to the needed 20 are very slim. The only other option left for ZTE Axon 7 users out there is to stick around and wait for the stable release of Android Nougat to their phones. Whether the company will be releasing the latest Android 7.1.1 Nougat or the older Android 7.0 Nougat is still unknown. The announcement is careful enough to dwell on this matter and instead, it only talks of “Android Nougat.”
Since many OEMs have been rolling out Android 7.0 Nougat, it is possible that ZTE could do the same with the Axon 7 flagship. With this update, the phone will now be able to support the Google Daydream VR platform as it had all that is required apart from the latest Android OS.
If all goes well, ZTE Axon 7 users should start receiving the new Android Nougat treat somewhere in early or mid-February.