Google has started the roll-out of the latest version of the Android operating system to Nexus devices. In addition, Sony has also announced that many of its phones will receive an upgrade to Android 7.0 Nougat.
The Android ecosystem is highly fragmented with various versions and builds being used by phone makers. Android updates are managed and initialised by the phone makers rather than by Google. This creates a dilemma for Google as it can’t control the update frequency and schedule. However, Google does have its own Nexus brand and it’s therefore no surprise that it’s upgrading its own Nexus phones first to Android 7.0 Nougat the coming weeks: Pixel C, Nexus 6P, Nexus 6, Nexus 5X, Nexus 9 and Nexus Player. Android One is also slated for an upgrade. Furthermore, Google has confirmed that LG V20 is the first non-Nexus phone to run Android 7.0 Nougat.
Sony Xperia phones also upgraded
Sony followed Google’s lead and have confirmed that the following phones will receive an upgrade to Android 7.0 Nougat:
- Xperia X
- Xperia XA
- Xperia XA Ultra
- Xperia X Performance
- Xperia Z5
- Xperia Z5 Premium
- Xperia Z5 Compact
- Xperia Z4
- Xperia Z3+
Sony hasn’t provided a date for these upgrades, but it’s likely that it will occur in September.
HTC has confirmed that HTC 10, HTC One A9 and One M9 will receive Android 7.0 upgrades in Q4 (fourth quarter).
What to do if your phone wont be upgraded?
Do you long for the 250 new features offered by the latest OS version like native support for multi-screen and Daydream VR and your phone isn’t on the list above? Then it’s probably best to take a wait-and-see approach. Phone makers are notoriously slow when it comes to Android upgrades, so it might just be a matter of waiting for a few week. Alternatively, you have to ditch your old phone and purchase a new one that runs Android 7.0 Nougat.