Google’s latest major Android release is out today. The company has confirmed that it has started rolling out Android 7.0 Nougat to Nexus devices. Those who own a Nexus smartphone or tablet will soon be able to get on the latest and greatest version of Android but the story is different for those who own a handset from one of the many third-party OEMs that create Android smartphones and tablets.
Now that Google has released Android 7.0 Nougat, OEMs will get to work polishing the update for their devices. It may take a couple of months before their unlocked versions directly receive Nougat from the OEM.
Those who own carrier-locked devices will have to wait even longer because once the OEM is done with the update, the carrier runs its own tests and holds up the release by a couple of weeks if not more. So those users may have to wait well into next year before they get a taste of Nougat on their devices.
Android 7.0 Nougat brings several new features including but not limited to split-screen multitasking, quick-reply notifications, and more. Several user interface tweaks have been made as well to provide an overall improved user experience.
Nexus devices eligible for the update to Nougat include the Nexus 6, 5X, 6P and 9. The Nexus Player is also supported and so is the Pixel C tablet. General Mobile 4G, Google’s Android One handsets, is eligible for a direct update to Nougat as well.