Android 7.0 is Coming – but It May be a While Before Android Users Get It

August 4, 2016 •

Android 7.0 is Coming - but It May be a While Before Android Users Get It

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Google’s latest Android update is expected this month. But just because Android 7.0 Nougat is out, doesn’t mean you will be getting the update on your Android device anytime soon. Unless you’re ready to get a new phone, you might have to wait for a long time before you get to try Nougat.

Google Will be Serving Nougat Sometime in August

All signs suggest that Android 7.0 will be out in August, and possibly very early in the month. One leaker, Evan Blass, hinted at a release date of August 5. Even if Blass’ information is incorrect, though, Nougat will still likely be out in August. The LG V20 is coming in September, and it will be the first phone to have Android 7.0 factory installed on it. At the very latest, Nougat will need to be out before the LG V20’s release date of September 6. Most likely, Nougat will be out several weeks before that date.

Users Might Not Get Nougat Soon

Just because Google releases an Android update, however, doesn’t mean Android device owners will get that update quickly. Nexus owners can usually expect the update first because Nexus devices are designed by Google. (Blass’ tweet went on to say that this update, Nougat, wouldn’t be available for Nexus 5 devices.) Android users with other devices usually have to wait for updates.

Because Android devices aren’t uniform, each manufacturer needs to modify each Android for the devices they make. This causes a delay in the rollout of each Android update, which is why not all users get an Android update on the same date. Often, the delay can take months, and sometimes it can take more than a year.

Users Who Want Nougat Now Should Upgrade Their Devices

Instead of waiting for manufacturers to update the software on their Android devices, users who want Android 7.0 Nougat as soon as it’s out should plan on upgrading the devices they use. The Nexus 6P, which is available now, LG V20, which will be out September 6, and 2016 Nexus devices, which is forthcoming, are all good options.