It seems like the highly-anticipated Android 7.0 Nougat release may still be happening this August.
Except for the “later this summer” release time-frame, Google has not yet officially provided a specific launch schedule for the major Android iteration. The only recent hint for a possible launch schedule was from a tweet posted by Evan Blass, a famous tech tipster. He said that Android 7.0 Nougat will have an August release.
Considering the release date (July 18) of the last developer preview for the Google OS, an educated prediction was then made by 9to5Google saying that the Android 7.0 Nougat would probably be released mid-August. And since it’s already the second half of the month, it is most likely that enthusiastic Android fans, by this time, are already waiting for any news regarding Android Nougat’s release.
Fortunately, a new sign that the new OS is possibly releasing this month popped up via Telus, a Canadian carrier. As reported by GSM Arena, a software update list from the telecom company noted that the Huawei Nexus 6 and LG Nexus 5X are set to receive the Android 7.0 Nougat update starting this Monday, August 22.
For those too excited to experience the upcoming Android version, an option to go for is the developer preview released for Nougat. Last month, Google released the Developer Preview 5 for Android 7.0 Nougat and it is the last one before the firmware’s public launch. It is available for the following devices: Nexus 5X, Nexus 6, Nexus 6P, Nexus 9, Nexus Player, General Mobile 4G (Android One), and Pixel C. Android Nougat DP5 contains improvements, bug fixes and pre-installed apps.
The final Android Nougat Developer Preview also contains bug fixes, enhancements as well as pre-installed apps. It added:
“Developer Preview 5 includes near-final system images for supported devices and the Android emulator. The images include the final APIs (API level 24) for the upcoming Android N platform. When you are done testing, you can publish apps using API level 24 to Google Play, in alpha, beta, and production release channels.”
To access the final beta update before the official public release of the Nougat OS, Android users should be a member of the Android Beta program first.
Meanwhile, Samsung Galaxy Note 7, the newest smartphone available in the market today, is also expected to get Android 7.0 Nougat. But Samsung recently revealed that the Nougat update for the Galaxy Note 7 will arrive in “two to three months,” as reported by Korea Times. And if this will pan out, Note 7 owners should be getting Google’s newest mobile OS as early as October or in November.
“It is very important for us to offer up-to-date information with the new OS, but what’s more crucial is to build a stable and seamless platform for users,” Koh Dong-jin, president of the mobile communications division for Samsung Electronics, also shared. “That’s why we are planning to do enough beta testing before any OS updates.”
As for other devices getting Android 7.0 Nougat, LG V20 is reportedly going to be the first third-party smartphone arriving with the new OS at launch, Techno Buffalo noted. Moreover, HTC’s Nexus Marlin and Nexus Sailfish, expected to have Android 7.0 Nougat out of the box, are rumored for a fall 2016 release.
The official name for Android 7.0 N – Nougat—was revealed by Google on July 1 after asking internet users to submit their ideas for it. The forthcoming mobile OS is anticipated to highlight new features such as the multi-window support as well as improvements on the battery-saving Doze mode.
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