The wait is finally over. After keeping its users on tenterhooks since March when the alpha version was released, Android has finally rolled out its latest version—Nougat 7.0. With innovative features like split-screen mode, safe mode, notifications bar, speedier downloads and high quality graphics, among others, Nougat has taken the Android world by storm.
But, before you swipe left and right and down on your Android phone to search for the software update, know this—not all Android devices will get it now. Here's the list of devices that will get it immediately:
— Nexus 6, Nexus 9, Nexus 5X, Nexus 6P, Nexus Player
— Pixel C
— General Mobile 4G (Android One)
Google has confirmed in a blog that these devices will get over-the-air (OTA) software update. Other phones running a beta test for Android Nougat will also get the final version. Nexus 5, however, will miss the bus.
The OTA updates might take a week or two to arrive on your devices. But if you want it now, by hook or by crook, try this out:
Ensure you have a compatible device (that is, one of the above). Now log into your Google account and select the device you want to enrol. Accept the terms and conditions and sign up for the Android Beta Program. Once enrolled, you will get the latest beta version, which is, now, incidentally, the final version, that is Nougat. Go ahead and download. And yes, keep the WiFi on!
Apart from the above-mentioned Google devices, some other major players who have given thumbs up to Nougat and are expected to introduce the update in the coming months are:
— HTC had confirmed in a tweet that HTC 10, HTC One A9 and HTC One M9 will get the update.
— LG V20, which launches on September 6, will be the first smartphone to launch with Nougat out of the box.
— Samsung, in all likelihood, will introduce the update in Galaxy Note S7, followed by Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge and then Galaxy Note 5, S6, S6 Edge and S6 Edge+. Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8 Edge, too, might be launched with Android 7.0 out of the box.
— The Moto Z series and Moto G4 series are expected to get the update.