Android 7.0 Nougat Update: Release Date For Nexus 6, Nexus 5X, Nexus 6P, Nexus 9, Pixel C, and Android One

( [email protected] ) Sep 20, 2016 09:34 AM EDT
When will Google's latest version of Android, Android 7.0 Nougat, hit the market for notable devices such as the Nexus 6, Nexus 5X, Nexus 6P, Nexus 9, Pixel C and Android One?
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Android 7.0 Nougat’s a-knocking on many doors soon, with the LG V20 being the first smartphone that comes with Android 7.0 Nougat right out of the box. Thankfully, it does not end there, as we do know that there are other devices that will also receive Android 7.0 Nougat in the weeks to come.

As for the Nexus 6 and Nexus 9 LTE, those two models are said to pick up Android 7.0 Nougat in due time, and it would surely not prolong all the way to next year. Do bear in mind that the consumer-ready version of Android 7.0 Nougat was released some weeks back. Despite that, there seems to have been a delay when pushing out Android 7.0 Nougat to the existing family of Nexus devices.

It has been close to a month since Nexus 6P factory images started to appear on Google’s website, and the masses are still waiting (patiently) for updates to arrive where the Nexus 6 and Nexus 9 LTE re concerned. With no exact release date for both devices available, you will just have to play the patience card a little bit longer. Perhaps the delay is due to Google fixing bugs that could ruin its official debut, and if that is the case, they should take all the time possible for a smooth release.

As for Android One device owners, you will be pleased to know that reports of Google rolling out Android 7.0 Nougat via an OTA update for these devices have already happened. So far, the Cherry Mobile G1 is one of the numerous Android One phones out there that has the update set to arrive. Just like how Android One devices received Android 6.0 Marshmallow on the day after Google introduced the Nexus factory images, so too, will the same happen for Android One devices with Android 7.0 Nougat.

Another alternative for the impatient will be to enrol in the Android Beta Program. Who knows? You will soon rid yourself of Android 6.0 Marshmallow, picking up an OTA (Over The Air) update to the most recent Developer Preview. The latest Developer Preview is not too far away from Android 7.0 Nougat based on what the voices on the ground have spoken, so it will provide you with a soft landing when Android 7.0 Nougat arrives for good on the expected devices.

At the end of the day, you will need to be patient. After all, it has long been an established fact that new Android releases will not roll out for all Android-powered handsets so soon after announcement, quite unlike the eerie efficiency that accompanies the iPhone and iPad with each subsequent iOS introduction. Perhaps Google might want to look into fixing this situation down the road, but until then, we users will be at Google's mercy. Perhaps one "remedy", albeit an expensive one, would be to always purchase pure Android handsets from Google like the Nexus range and soon to arrive Pixel collection.

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