After months of teasing, we now have the final name for the next official release of Android – version 7.0 aka, Nougat. Here’s when and how you can get it.
The Android N developer previews have been doing the rounds for some time now and those with a Google Nexus 5X or 6P have been able to trial the beta software ahead of its official release. But when will the full-fat version of Nougat be hitting your Android phone?
When will my phone update to Android 7.0?
With Google shuffling the order of things around this year, we still don’t have a concrete date for when Android 7.0 will finally launch as a finished build of Android, but it’ll likely coincide with the unveiling of the company’s next Nexus smartphones, rumoured to be made by HTC, codenamed ‘Marlin’ and ‘Sailfish’.
Last year, Android 6.0 Marshmallow launched alongside the LG-made Nexus 5X and Huawei-made Nexus 6P in late September, so until we receive an invite to a launch event dated any sooner, we’re going to presume that Nougat will arrive at around the same time this year.
As for phone beyond the Nexus devices, there are a couple of key factors to consider. Firstly the latest version of Android needs to be supported by your phone’s manufacturer. Companies like Samsung are usually pretty good at updating their most popular and powerful handsets to the next version of Android first, although some phone makers, such as Sony can sometimes take a little longer to roll out the necessary updates.
Provided an update to Android 7.0 has been confirmed the only other barrier to getting ahold of it will be your carrier. If you buy a carrier-locked device from the likes of EE, Vodafone or O2 for example, you might have to wait for their specific build of the Nougat update for your phone. These updates take a little longer to roll out as they have to support carrier-specific features like WiFi calling and VoLTE.
How can I update my phone to Android 7.0 Nougat?
Nearly every modern Android phone can thankfully receive updates OTA (over the air), so you no longer have to plug your phone into your computer and transfer the update files as the case used to be. The easiest way to check is by heading to your phone’s settings menu, but you can find out about the full process in our ‘how to update your Android phone’ piece.
We’ll update this piece further once we have an official date for the launch of Android 7.0 Nougat.