Android 7.0 Nougat Update Hitting Verizon LG G5 And Sony Xperia XZ

At long last, the Android 7.0 Nougat update is now hitting the Verizon variant of LG G5. Also, Sony’s Xperia XZ is starting the receive Google’s latest Android iteration.

LG G5 units located in South Korea got the Android Nougat flavor first. Afterward, LG G5 owners in the U.S. were able to taste the Android 7.0 Nougat through firmware updates released by major network carriers Sprint, U.S. Cellular, and T-Mobile. And now, a fresh report from Droid Life revealed that Verizon is also releasing the Android 7.0 Nougat update for its LG G5 model.

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The 1.6GB firmware update with build number VS98726B brings an assortment of new features of the Android Nougat to the LG G5. The change-log also specified that upon installation, G5 owners will be able to choose from the new themes to help them further personalize their device. Google Downloads app is also replacing LG’s own app. Through this update, LG G5 users will also be able to “restore deleted images from the trash folder for 7 days.”

Furthermore, one of the highlights of the Android Nougat OS is the multi-window support which lets the users split the screen and utilize two apps simultaneously. Verizon Wireless’ official support page explains how to use the Multi-Window feature of the Android 7.0 Nougat.

“Start Multi window display, press and hold Recent Apps (square button). To use specific apps in each of the 2 windows, just tap on the Home button and select the app, or select the app in the split screen Overview section.”

LG G5 users simply need to tap on the Multi-window button if they want to end the multi-window display and revert to a full-screen display.

President of Sony Kazuo Hirai presenting the Sony XPeria XZ.
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Charging another device via the LG G5 is now possible, too, thanks to the latest Android firmware update. Users should also find improved access to Quick Settings and a Settings Menu that is easier to read and use. Moreover, changing the app icons’ size and the screen fonts are has become easier as well because of the newest update.

“Unlocking the device with notifications displayed has been modified where the unlock screen will not show overlaying notification displays,” the support page also noted.

Aside from the LG G5, the Android 7.0 Nougat OS has also been seen hitting Sony’s Xperia XZ. A report from GSM Arena cited a tip from one of their readers in India noting that the firmware is now rolling out. And based on a post from XDA Forum, the first wave of release for the Android 7.0 Nougat update on Sony Xperia XZ is scheduled for countries like Russia, The Netherlands, Turkey, and Australia. Make sure to have enough memory space available, as the firmware is hefty at 1GB.

The Android Nougat OS is also starting to roll out to Xperia X Performance, according to Sony.

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For other Sony users, here are the mobile devices getting the official Android 7.0 Nougat OS as well, as confirmed by the Japanese tech company: Xperia X, XA, XA Ultra, Xperia Z3+, Z4 Tablet, Z5, Z5 Compact and Z5 Premium.

The respective software updates for Verizon LG G5 and Sony Xperia XZ should be available via the Over-The-Air or OTA process. Having a strong wi-fi connection is advised to ensure a smooth download and installation process of the Nougat update. The battery should also be fully charged for the update process to push through. But since OTA rollouts are usually done in phases, it may take longer for other LG G5 and Sony Xperia XZ units to receive the firmware. But once the Android Nougat update arrives, an on-screen prompt should pop up to notify and guide you through the OTA process.

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