When will my phone get Android 7.0 Nougat?


Arguably the least appetizing of all the major updates so far released—in name if nothing else—Android 7.0 Nougat just entered the final stage of its beta testing. Before long, Google's Nexus line will start being hit with the new iteration, followed by the typical when & which for the rest of the industry's devices that aren't as fortunate and receive the latest code months later—in some cases, many months later.

This being the early days of Nougat, with not a single device yet running the software, we're yet to come across manufacturers' roadmaps for their respective lineups. In other words, beyond the freshest devices that recently hit the market—that will therefore be a priority—we have no clue as to the scope of their intentions, let alone estimated time frames. That doesn't stop us from using past data in order to make predictions, however.

Data? What Data?


As some of you might know, this isn't the first time we broach the subject of Android software updates. Last year, we dug out historic data on the timing of the official updates (read: not third-party, custom Android ROMs), using it to compile a table of how it went for each of the majors in the Android world. By supplementing that same data base with Marshmallow figures, we'll have intel spanning KitKat all the way through the latest official version. With that info in hand, we have what we need to extrapolate and make some educated guesses.


As is plainly obvious, and as we've recently discussed, Android Marshmallow is propagating at a noticeably slower rate than preceding major updates, even when talking about the industry major's flagship lines. Motorola, for example, which has consistently been the quickest to push the new goodies, took 3 months to transition to Marshmallow, compared to 1 month or so for both KitKat and Lollipop.

Using this data, we can make the following calculations (these are approximations; only flagship lines taken into account):


Putting these into context, we can make the following conclusions:

  • Motorola has consistently been the quickest to update its flagship line;
  • Sony is by far the least reliable maker as far as timely updates to its flagship line are concerned;
  • Samsung, LG, and HTC all have previously managed a major update in as little as 2 months, so keep your fingers crossed!;
  • Samsung has also been among the last to update its flagship line in previous years (KitKat), but has been doing much better lately

But... Nougat?


Given Google's promise of making Android 7.0 Nougat official by Q3 of 2016 (meaning end of September at worst), we may be looking at an earlier release compared to previous years—if only by a little. Going back to the data we've compiled, if we were the betting kind, we'd wager on Motorola delivering on Nougat first, followed by HTC. It's a toss-up between Samsung and LG, while Sony is the sure loser—though that's also an opportunity for the struggling Japanese company to re-assure fans that it's as invested as its competitors. Obviously, should Sony end up surprising us, it'll be a precedent, as data is consistent in that the Xperia maker just isn't as quick to bring the latest and greatest to its devices.

To summarize, using our data for a forecast and end of September as our potential release date:

  • Expect Motorola's flagship line to get Android Nougat end of November/early December;
  • Expect Samsung's flagship line to get Android Nougat around January 2017;
  • Expect LG's flagship line to get Android Nougat around February 2017;
  • Expect Sony's flagship line to get Android Nougat around April 2017;
  • Expect HTC's flagship line to get Android Nougat around December

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56 Comments

1. avatar unregistered

I will buy a Nexus phone this year, I am sick and tired of the slow updates from the OEM's

2. sebbellic01

Posts: 305; Member since: May 03, 2016

That is why I'm buying a Nexus 5X soon

3. xperian

Posts: 418; Member since: Apr 10, 2014

Even then Nougat may be the last update for you, because google only promise updates for 18 months

7. vincelongman

Posts: 5677; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

The 2013 Nexus 7 got Marshmallow, despite being ~2 years old So there's still a chance the Nexus 5 will get Nougat (and even O) Its probably dependent on the amount of users still using the phone That would explain why they dropped the Nexus 4, but not the 2013 Nexus 7

9. sebbellic01

Posts: 305; Member since: May 03, 2016

It is confirmed to get Nougat and Android O After that it is only likely to get security patches

12. chenski

Posts: 762; Member since: Mar 22, 2015

After Android o it's time to upgrade anyway

21. sebbellic01

Posts: 305; Member since: May 03, 2016

Good for longevity, could still use it as backup or a music player.

27. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

But upgrading isn't as necessary as long as the phone's still running fine.

31. Mxyzptlk unregistered

That's a copout answer for the lack of updates on many Android handsets.

22. roldefol

Posts: 4744; Member since: Jan 28, 2011

This is partly what led me to buy the Nexus 6p. The phone isn't perfect, but the upgrade schedule will be.

28. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

Quick updates doesn't make the Nexus better. And what's the rush in having the latest Android version, when the current version in phone is still running blazing fast!?

32. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Yes and no. Lollipop is proof that updates aren't always good but you're making excuses for OEMs not updating phones. You're forgetting the monthly security updates.

40. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

Security patches can be relesed seperately and without an Android OS update. You're forgetting that, too!

49. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Tell that to OEMs who have yet to send out the latest security updates like Motorola.

43. Scott93274

Posts: 6032; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

Lollipop was still more stable than iOS at the time. I don't know how you can continually point out an issue with one OS and get butt hurt when someone points out your hypocrisy.

44. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

My next phone will be a day dream Nexus phone.

48. Mxyzptlk unregistered

No it wasn't.

50. Scott93274

Posts: 6032; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

Just because you say so doesn't make it true.

41. joevsyou

Posts: 1091; Member since: Feb 28, 2015

it's the only reason i want to switch from galaxy to a nexus.

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4. Remmy

Posts: 189; Member since: Jul 31, 2012

I honestly wouldn't care about update speeds, my ZR got 7 or 8 updates (from 4.1 to 5.1) exceeding the 18 month rule. That's support.

6. bucky

Posts: 3778; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

Not trolling but that's still not great. The average contract is 2 years.

17. Remmy

Posts: 189; Member since: Jul 31, 2012

I don't get my phones from service providers, my current phone (Z5) is on its 3rd (or 4th) update while carrier locked Z5s from our local telcos are still stuck in 5.1. Anyway, exceeding Google's 18-month support requirement is still a big deal for me. Mini flagships during that time didn't fare well with updates as far as I'm concerned. (Galaxy S4 Mini, HTC One mini)

5. FluffyBled unregistered

This actually makes Samsung look good with updates, but truth is, if you're not in the US(or a couple of other countries) they give no s**t about updating your device!

8. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

US carriers are worse, they delayed manufacturers update for weeks after its official release.. international version wont have this problem

10. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

because they want to make sure it doesn't brick calling etc features. When something like a newsstand update can brick calling on phones....you think carriers will relinquish testing control for over a dozen of devices with different hardware etc etc....

42. joevsyou

Posts: 1091; Member since: Feb 28, 2015

they want to make sure it works right? HAHA no They want to go in and remove stuff they don't like and add their own garbage

16. FluffyBled unregistered

International version of the S5, unlocked, no carrier. Still on 5.0!

46. iushnt

Posts: 3086; Member since: Feb 06, 2013

My sister's s5 got marshmallow quite a while ago..You could just update using Odin if you don't receive at all

47. FluffyBled unregistered

Thing is ... all the available firmware are either from India or Vietnam ... I think a few duplicate apps and Opera browser are enough bloatware for me! There's a risk they might add more depending on the region!

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