Android 7 Nougat release date: when you’ll get the update and every new feature

Latest news: Samsung has just updated the Galaxy A7 (2017) to Android 7, so if you own that device head to your settings to check if the update is waiting.

Android Nougat is Google's big refresh of its phone and tablet operating system. Android is an OS that's been so thoroughly refined that the company is now more than halfway through the alphabet with names at letter 14 of 26.

It won't stop at Android 7.0, either. Android 7.1 launched on Nexus devices in October 2016 and Android 7.1.1 came to Google phones and tablets on December 5. Android 7.1.2 is out now while Android O (maybe called Android Oreo and expected to also be titled Android 8) is now in beta too.

There's a good chance your phone – whether it's a Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge or OnePlus 3T, Huawei P9 or LG G5 – already has the latest Android Nougat software update waiting, or it's coming very soon. 

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Below we've listed all of the devices we know have the update already and the latest information on when it will launch. That said, you need to bear in mind the official release date for the update won't always be reflected in the software update section on your phone.

Manufacturers decide when the software is ready to rollout, but mobile carriers and networks can also decide to delay an update so it may be worth checking with your phone provider if the update isn't ready for you yet.

  • Check out our guide on how to download Android 7.0 Nougat

Cut to the chase

  • What is it? The latest version of Google's mobile OS
  • When is it out? Right now, but you'll need to wait for some devices though
  • When will I get it? Dependent on your phone and tablet maker, read on below
  • What will it cost? The best news is it's free

Android Nougat release date

Android Nougat is out right now, but when you'll get the upgrade is going to dependent on your device. The release date is rather staggered.

It's pre-loaded on a variety of new phones including the Google Pixel and Google Pixel XL and it's available to download on Google-made devices like the Nexus 6P, Nexus 5X, Nexus 6, Nexus 9, Google Pixel C, and the Nexus Player. No waiting required.

You're getting Android 7.1.2 Nougat on all of these devices, except for the Nexus 6. An error caused Google to roll it back from Android 7.1.1 to Android 7.0 on the Nexus 6.

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Sadly, if you have a Nexus 5, you're going to miss out on the Android Nougat upgrade altogether. It misses Google's two-year cut off by a year. But it'll still get another year of Google's all-important security patches.

Samsung, LG, HTC and other phone makers, meanwhile, have to rework their own version of the software and push it out to users, and that can take months. We've listed below the devices we know about:

Samsung phones with Android Nougat

Android Nougat is now available for the Samsung Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge, and we don't mean that the phones are running that rinky-dink beta Samsung had launched last November. The real update is here in full.

T-Mobile was the first US carrier to officially launch Android 7.0 Nougat on the S7 and S7 Edge, followed a bit later by AT&T and Sprint. Verizon took several extra weeks to update the Galaxy S7 series.

For unlocked phones, Android 7.0 Nougat is now available for the Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge, and it'll soon come to older phones and tablets, too. 

Nougat will arrive before the first half of 2017 is over on Samsung devices all the way back to the Note 5, S6, S6 Edge and S6 Edge+. T-Mobile has finally brought the update to its customers who are using the S6 and S6 Edge, as well as the Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 that's tied to its network.

Those who own the Samsung Galaxy A3 (2017) or Galaxy A7 (2017) can download Android 7 right now to their devices, but if you own the Samsung Galaxy A8 or Galaxy A5 (2017) you won't be able to get the update yet.

All of these software updates may hold you over until you decide to buy the Samsung Galaxy S8, Galaxy S8 Plus and Galaxy Tab S3, all of which comes with Android Nougat pre-loaded. Rumors also suggest Samsung is almost ready to roll out Android 7.1 to both the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8 Plus too.

LG phones with Android Nougat

LG technically launched the first Android Nougat phone back in September with the LG V20. But that was a 'world's first' title only South Koreans benefited from initially. The dual-lens camera phone didn't launch in the US until October 28, and it's not even coming to the UK.

Thinking of upgrading to the LG G6? Well, everyone, right away, can get in on the Android Nougat action that way. It launched with the Android 7.0, the AI helper Google Assistant and a killer 18:9 screen in a slim body.

LG G5 owners yearning for the same Android Nougat update need to check the Software Update menu right now. It's available for all G5 phones. 

It's available in the UK on SIM-free LG G5 phones, and in the US on Verizon, Sprint and T-Mobile. AT&T's better-late-than-never LG G5 Android Nougat update started rolling out in late February.

The LG V10 also has the update to Android 7 ready while the LG G4 is now confirmed to receive Android Nougat, but it's low-priority for the 2015 phone.

Sony Xperia phones with Android Nougat

The Sony Xperia X Performance, Xperia X, Xperia X Compact and Xperia XZ are now up to date with Android 7.0 Nougat. 

Even older phones like the Sony Xperia Z5, Xperia Z5 Premium, Xperia Z5 Compact and the Xperia Z3+ all have Android Nougat and so does the Xperia Z4 Tablet. 

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Shocker: The Sony Xperia Z3 was included in the beta

But you won't find it on the Xperia Z3. It's an odd twist, for sure. While we were surprised  to see Sony weigh into the Android Nougat developer with the Z3, it didn't follow through with the full Nougat upgrade for this phone.

We're still waiting for news regarding the Xperia XA and Xperia XA Ultra. No specific time frame has been announced, but stay tuned.

HTC phones with Android Nougat

If you've bought an HTC phone launched in the past year or two, you may have access to Android Nougat soon enough. If you just bought the HTC U Ultra or U Play you have it right now.

It's already rolling out to unlocked HTC 10, One A9 and One M9 handsets in the US and UK, and while the update was delayed in the rest of Europe, everyone there should have it now, too.

HTC had confirmed it would bring the Google update to the HTC 10, One A9 and One M9 by the end of the 2016. It didn't make that deadline everywhere. But, it's here now and that's all that matters.

Android Nougat isn't available for HTC One M8 and never will be. HTC told TechRadar that it will not get the latest upgrade. You're going to have to buy a new phone for this update.

Motorola phones with Android Nougat

Motorola has now confirmed which phones it will upgrade to Android 7, and its list of phones is rather long. 

Android Nougat is out for the Moto Z and US-exclusive Moto Z Force, and it also  launched on the Moto Z Play – both the unlocked and Verizon versions of the battery-life-focused smartphone.

Nougat also launched for the Moto G5 Plus and Moto G5, which came out after the update. No need to wait for the software on this phone.

Its X-series phones – like the Moto X Style, Moto X Play and Moto X Force – also have the update now too while the Moto G4 and Moto G4 Plus also have Nougat. So does Verizon's Droid Turbo 2, and stay tuned for updates on the Droid Maxx 2.

Huawei phones with Android Nougat

So far the Huawei Mate 9, Mate 8 and P9 gotten Android 7 software upgrade, while the newly launched P10 comes with it onboard straight away.

The Chinese manufacturer has updated the Huawei P9 Plus, P9 Lite and the Huawei Nova while the Huawei Nova Plus will get the update later in 2017. 

The Huawei P8 won't be getting the upgrade to EMUI 5.0 (which comes with Android 7 features). It looks like both of those phones are set to be left behind, despite being quite recent devices.

Honor phones with Android Nougat

The Honor 8 and Honor 6X now have the Android Nougat update while those with an Honor 5C will have to wait a bit longer.

All these phones also come with the newly improved Emotion UI 5.0 overlay we have been able to experience on the Huawei Mate 9. 

OnePlus phones with Android Nougat

OnePlus 3 and OnePlus 3T both have Android Nougat 7.0, but if you own a OnePlus One or a OnePlus 2 you'll miss out.

It may be time to upgrade to the all-new OnePlus 5 if you have one of those older phones that won't get Android Nougat.

ZTE phones with Android Nougat

Android 7.0 Nougat is now on the ZTE Axon 7 and it gets owners of this unlocked phone a way to step into virtual reality with Daydream VR compatibility.

Axon 7 was the first Android Nougat phone to be "Daydream-ready," and while phones like the Google Pixel and Moto Z launched with the VR software first, ZTE has made good on its promise.

Here's where you can find out about all the features you'll get when you update and download Android 7 Nougat.

Android Nougat features list: VR

We've tested out a bunch of existing Android Nougat features below, but there's one exciting new tool that isn't part of the regular Android 7.0 update: Google Daydream.

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A buried menu for VR helper services in the Android N Developer Preview 4, and an equally buried release note for "Android VR" in Unreal Engine 4.12 beta, hinted at a big push for a Google Cardboard successor – sure enough, Google confirmed its VR intentions during IO.

The Play Store, StreetView, Photos, YouTube and Play Movies will all support VR, allowing you to jump into games, locations and videos, all via Google's Daydream VR platform. Google Daydream View is expected to launch in November, but will require even further updated Android Nougat software.

Google Daydream is part of the Android 7.1 maintenance update for Android Nougat, and it's only compatible with the Google Pixel and Google Pixel XL, though other phones like ZTE Axon 7 (the first, non-Pixel Google Daydream phone) will eventually work with the headset and are available to buy right now.

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Multi-window support

True multitasking support has finally arrived as expected, and Split Screen is deservedly the highlight of Android Nougat on phones and tablets. You’re going to be able to open up two apps at once on your Nexus phone or tablet.

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It’s a popular feature that Samsung and LG phones have incorporated into their Android skins years ago, so it’s nice (and about time) Google is including the same functionality in its own software. It’s easy to launch too – just long press on the recent (multi-tasking) button in the nav bar.

Multi-window support could increase enterprise interest in Android tablets and the Pixel C. It’s a bet that Apple recently made when it launched similar split-screen and picture-in-picture features for iOS 9.

Meanwhile Android TV gets picture-in-picture mode, allowing you to continue watching your show in a smaller screen while performing another task.

There’s also a Clear All button at the top of the multi-tasking menu on your phone to make it simple to close all your apps. Then there’s a new feature called Quick Switch, which lets you jump back to the previous application with a double tap of the recent (multi-tasking) button in the navigation bar.

Direct Reply Notifications

You won’t have to navigate away from your current window (or, now, windows) just to answer an incoming message. You can just reply within the notification that appears at the top of the screen.

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It worked well enough for the iPhone and iPad when the same idea made its debut with iOS 8 under the name Quick Reply. But Apple’s approach to messages worked strictly with its iMessage app.

Google is opening up Direct Reply Notifications beyond Hangouts, and that could mean popular apps like WhatsApp could take advantage of this convenient inline messaging feature.

New quick settings menu

Google is adding a new quick settings menu to the notifications shade you pull down from the top. It’s a lot like the one Samsung, LG and every other Android manufacturer seems to use.

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Sure, Google stock Android software has had switches for Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, Airplane mode and so forth, but it required pulling the notifications bar down a second time to reveal the quick settings menu.

Now the quick settings toggles are here as soon as you gesture downward once to see notifications. The best news is that all of the buttons are small and unobstructive, leaving plenty of room for notifications.

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Longtime Nexus users will also be happy to hear that the quick settings switches can be sorted to your liking, much like they can on other Android phones – you won’t need the System UI Tuner to meddle.

For example, we often use MiFi more than Airplane Mode, so Mobile Hotspot icon gets promoted to be one of the five icons along the top of the initial quick settings on our Nexus 6P.

That little airplane icon is still there for our takeoff and landing needs, but it got the bump to the second swipe menu. Sorting is finally up to you, which is really what Android is all about.

Bundled notifications

Google hasn’t done with the way Android N changes notifications. It also announced that notification cards will be grouped together if they’re from the same app.

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All messages from a specific messaging app, for example, are bundled together in the notification shade. These grouped alerts can then be expanded into individual notifications using a two-finger gesture or tapping the all-new expansion button.

This is basically the opposite of what Apple did in the jump from iOS 8 to iOS 9, switching from grouping them by app to lining them up chronologically. We’ll see which method works best this autumn.

There’s more control over your notifications in Android Nougat too, as  you can now long-press on a notification to either silence future notifications, or turn them off completely.

Doze Mode 2.0

One of the (literal) sleeper hits of Android Marshmallow has been Doze Mode, Google’s crafty way of saving battery life whenever your device is stationary. It’s basically a deep standby mode.

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Android Nougat is going to step up the company’s energy-saving software efforts by expanding Doze Mode so that it thoroughly limits background tasks whenever the screen is turned off.

That’s ideal for throwing a phone in your pocket or your tablet in a backpack, and then retrieving it the next day or next week without having to recharge it right away. Your “I can’t even” face when you pick up your dead Nexus phone the next morning could be a thing of the past.

Android Nougat performance

Google says Android Nougat will deliver its biggest leap forward in graphics performance with the introduction of Vulkan, giving game developers much-needed control of the GPU.

That in turn will result in even better graphics and smoother, faster performance.

If you’ve downloaded apps from other sources that aren’t the Google Play Store, you’ll now be able to identify where the app came from by going into your Settings, App Info and then Package Installer.

There have also been a number of Android runtime improvements, including optimizations to the JIT compiler, which has seen task speeds increase between 30% and 600% compared to the previous version.

Updates are also more seamless, with security updates automatically downloaded, and a simple fresh boot-up of your device will see you run the latest offering. It’s also got rid of that annoying ‘Android is updating’ pop up when you restart after an update.

Other features

Google Assistant launched with Android 7 on the Pixel and Pixel XL phones. It's a new voice activated Assistant which replaces Google Now.

Previously you couldn't input information into Google Assistant without speaking to your phone, but a new APK breakdown has suggested Google will soon update the Pixel and Pixel XL so you can just write into Assistant directly.

It means you'll be able to use all the useful features of Google Assistant without having to embarrassingly talk to your phone.

Google has confirmed the new 'Launcher Shortcuts' feature that debuted in the second beta for Android Nougat is ready for pressure-sensitive display technology.

This will make it easier for Android manufacturers to bring 3D Touch-like technology to Android handsets, as it's baked directly into the operating system.

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Then there are extra security features, such as file-based encryption and Direct boot, which help your device start up faster while running your apps securely.

Last, and by no means least, Android Nougat bring support for Unicode 9, which among other things, will bring with it the introduction of 72 new emoji.

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