Android Nougat Release Updates For LG G5, Sony Xperia X, Nexus 9, & More Smartphones

While other smartphones are only receiving the beta versions, LG G5 is now starting to get the official Android Nougat update. Specifically, the latest firmware update for the LG smartphone is currently rolling out to the Sprint variant, following the South Korean release of the Nougat firmware.

The 1.27GB-heavy Android 7.0 Nougat update is available via the over-the-air or OTA process and it carries the UI found on the LG V20, the latest flagship device from the company, according to GSM Arena. Aside from the Nougat flavor, installing the latest Sprint LG G5 firmware should also bring in the November security update. LG G5 users will receive this notification once the OTA update becomes available, as shown in the screenshot posted on Reddit.

“You can now download the software update for the latest Android 7.0 OS, improved performance, security updates, and other enhancements. Please make sure your battery is fully charged before continuing. This update will require that your phone be rebooted, and it will not be available for emergency calls while installing this software.”

Meanwhile, Sony already rolled out its first Android Nougat concept build for the Sony Xperia X. Carrying the build number 38.1.A.0.342 (NBD91K4), the update will also bump the phone to November 1 security level. A screenshot posted on Xperia Blog showing the changelog also noted that this initial release adds X-Reality support in Sony Album app and updated the Fingerprint driver. Furthermore, upon installing the Android Nougat concept update, Sony Xperia X users should find a new version of Xperia Home as well as the Xperia Transfer. Fixes for camera and FM Radio issues were also included in the new software.

Attendees visiting the Android booth during the Google I/O 2013 conference.
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Xperia Blog previously reported that Sony Xperia X is going to be the flag bearer of the company’s Concept for Android 7.0 Nougat, and every week, a new firmware build is expected to roll out to handset owners in Europe. The Concept software “enables the Xperia developer teams to push the latest and, sometimes, experimental features to users and to get feedback from the passionate community,” the report read.

As for other Nougat rollouts, a new version of the Android 7.1 Developer Preview was just seeded, following the release of the first beta build last month that was made available only to Huawei Nexus 60, Pixel C, and LG Nexus 5X. The latest version is going to be the final DP build for Android 7.1 Nougat before its official release on all supported devices. Joining the three aforementioned Google devices receiving the beta firmware is the HTC Nexus 9.

Dave Burke, the vice president of engineering, noted on his post on Android Developers’ official blog site that Android 7.1.1 Nougat “includes the developer features already available on Pixel and Pixel XL devices and adds optimizations and bug fixes on top of the base Android 7.1 platform.”

“With Developer Preview 2, you can make sure your apps are ready for Android 7.1.1 and the consumers that will soon be running it on their devices,” he added.

Moreover, Motorola is also picking up its pace when it comes to Android Nougat’s beta release. After the U.S. rollout, the Nougat beta version’s global release for Moto Z and Moto Z Force units has also been announced and it is expected to become available starting this week. The firmware update also adds compatibility support to Google’s Android-powered VR platform called Daydream, making Moto Z and Moto Z Force “the first smartphones from another manufacturer to be recognized by Google as Daydream-ready devices,” Motorola’s official blog noted.

Android Nougat updates are not only available for the smartphones offered by the most popular tech manufacturers worldwide. Honor 8 and Kickstarter-funded Nextbit Robin are also getting the Nougat taste via beta builds.

An update posted on Android Police revealed that Nextbit just announced that Android 7.0 Nougat beta is now rolling out to testers. It is a 1Gb firmware also carrying the August security patch. Meanwhile, the Android Nougat beta release for Honor 8, according to a separate GSM Arena report, offers a new color scheme, updated Quick Toggles, and enhanced UI, among others.

For more Android Nougat release updates, a previous report from the Inquisitr shares the status of the Google firmware for Samsung Galaxy S7, S7 Edge, S6, S6 Edge, and more.

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