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Will my phone get updated to Android 7.x Nougat?

It's time for a new version of Android, and that means I also get to make my yearly predictions about updates. Fun times!

Now, to be sure, unless a manufacturer has already committed to updating an existing phone, these are simply (mostly) educated guesses. We base them on a company's track record, the capabilities of the phone itself, and the number of phones a company makes. It's sort of like a blogger version of reading tea leaves and calling the bookmakers. And it's fun. Even when we get it wrong it's fun.

Since we're here because we are interested in Android, and most of us like to have a little fun, let's jump right in and answer the million dollar question — will my phone get updated to Android 7.x Nougat?

Nexus phones

Nexus 5X

We'll start with the easy ones. Nexus phones aren't actually built by Google, but they are built to Google's specifications and they have absolute control over all of the software. They also aren't afraid to disappoint and tell us which phones are getting updated, and which phones are not.

  • The Nexus 6 has been updated to Android Nougat. It will be updated to Android 7.1.1 in early January.
  • The Nexus 5X has been updated to Android Nougat.
  • The Nexus 6P has been updated to Android Nougat.
  • Android One models will be updated to Android Nougat.
  • On the non-phone side, the Nexus 9 has been updated to Android Nougat. The same goes for the Nexus Player.

This means the Nexus 5 and the Nexus 7 2013 aren't getting updated. Nobody who is still using either is happy about it, but Google has made it clear that they support phones with new platform updates for a minimum of two years, and provide security and bug fixes for phones as long as they are able. The good news is that both the Nexus 5 and the Nexus 7 2013 are super easy to drop a custom Android 7 ROM on, and we'll see them shortly after Google puts out the source code for the new update. #420ROOTIT.

Samsung phones

Galaxy Note 7

Android's elephant in the room, Samsung sells about as many Android phones as everyone else combined. A lot of those phones are ones nobody expects to be updated, and a good many of them are models none of us knows a lot about. These phones and the low-end models from other companies are the new flip phone. A lot of people buy them because they are cheap, and they look good compared to a phone with a tiny screen and a number pad. We're not going to go there, and if any of those phones get updated we're happy and surprised.

  • The Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge will be upgraded to Android Nougat after a beta period.
  • The Galaxy Note 5 will be updated to Android Nougat.
  • The Galaxy S6, Galaxy S6 edge and Galaxy S6 edge+ will all be updated to Android Nougat.

Every other model is still a big old question mark. I think some of them, based on things like existing stock, the number of units sold and ease (price) of securing parts if they have to make more of them will get an Android 7 update. Others, with very similar hardware and software, won't. This isn't some sort of conspiracy thing where Samsung is trying to force you to buy a new phone. It's a business decision that we don't like. Supporting the phones they sell with bug and security fixes for two years is another story for another article.

The real question is when. The Galaxy S7 and its edge counterpart will get updated starting in January. The Note 5 and the S6 series will get shortly after.

LG

LG G5

The LG V20 launched in late October with Android 7.0 onboard. Technically it was the first Android phone with Nougat preloaded, but it beat out the Pixels, which launched with Android 7.1, by a single day.

  • The LG G5 was updated in late November 2016.
  • The LG G4 will be updated to ... just kidding.

No, really. The LG G4 and LG V10 might get updated, and they could be made better with Android 7.0, but each has a strike against it. The G4 seems like one of those phones LG wishes they could take back. It has a beautiful screen and seems very capable, but the components were plagued with hardware problems and the software just wasn't ready. If you have a G4 that the mainboard hasn't taken a ride in that long black Cadillac (yet) and can put up with the quirks of LG's software and occasional glitches, I hope they can update it to Nougat and fix some of the issues for you. The phone deserves it. But I'm not holding my breath.

The V10's problem is its limited release. The unlocked international versions aside — which don't have complete LTE support in North America — the rest are mostly carrier phones. That means your carrier gets to decide if they want to fuss with updating it. Bloatware be hard, y'all. With an updated V model coming shortly, will LG and the carriers want to spend the time or money to update the V10? I don't think so.

Like Samsung, some of LG's other more inexpensive phones will surprise us with an update. We're not about to guess which ones in which countries.

Motorola / Lenovo

Moto Z

While we can guess about the update situation from Motorola, one thing we know for sure is that they aren't going to make the same mistake as last time and promise updates they aren't 100% sure they will be delivering. A lot of factors went into that decision, but the end result is the same no matter the reason — customers were understandably pissed off, and it looked like Motorola lied to us. It's not the first time a company has made this mistake (and it won't be the last) but it's recent and we still taste the sourness.

  • The Moto Z started seeing its update in November 2016.** The unlocked version still hasn't been updated to Nougat.
  • The Moto G4 will be updated to Android Nougat. It's already begun in India.
  • The Moto X Play and Moto X Style will be updated to Android Nougat.

Lenovo is going to be looking forward, and models released before they bought Motorola are mostly done for. The good news is that Lenovo should be able to pump out the updates in short order if they want to do so. We could see the update cycle starting before Christmas.

HTC

HTC 10

HTC has announced that the HTC 10, the HTC One A9 and the HTC One M9 will be getting Android N. Good. All three of these phones should be good for another year with the new software.

The HTC 10 received Nougat in November 2016. The One M9 will get it in the next couple of months, while the A9 should also get Nougat sometime soon. No word on the One M8, but we're not holding our breath.

HTC's higher end Desire models should see an update, but of course some won't. We know HTC wants to differentiate themselves by being great with updates. Sometimes they are.

Huawei

Huawei P9

Huawei had a pretty decent beta build for the Huawei P9 leak out recently. We know they are working on it already. They've also started to tone down EMUI which should make building the new version even easier. And easier on our eyes

  • I'm going to say that the Mate 8 and the P8 also get an update to Android 7.0. Don't make me regret it, Huawei. Baby needs a new pair of shoes. Or something.
  • The Honor 5X will be updated to Android Nougat.

Huawei has announced which phones will be updated in December 2016. The P9 series, Mate 8 series, and Nova series will be updated. Honor is technically their own brand so they weren't mentioned. These updates start sometime in Q1 (Jan. - March) of 2017

Huawei is thirsty for the number one spot. That's a tough nut to crack, but they could easily grab the number two spot (by devices sold) and keep trying throughout 2017. They also know how to filter the feedback from the Android die-hards (that'd be you and me) to alter what they do and how they do it. Getting updates out quickly for their best models is a part of that. It makes you and me happy and we say nice things online and recommend them to others.

Since it's prediction season here's a free one — Huawei's fierce competition will make Samsung change parts of their business model. Expect faster updates, more refined features and more generic hardware from the Korean giant. We're already seeing it. Nobody adapts like Samsung.

Sony

Sony's 2016 flagships, the Xperia X, Xperia X Performance, Xperia X Compact, and Xperia XZ will be updated to Android 7.0. In fact, as of January 2017, some models in some regions already have been.

The Xperia Z3+, Xperia Z4 Tablet, Xperia Z5, Xperia Z5 Compact, Xperia Z5 Premium, Xperia XA, Xperia XA Ultra will also be update to Nougat at some point.

Honorable mentions

OnePlus 3

With about 13,000 different models of Android phone out in the wild, we can't cover everything. But there are some phones we have to mention by name even if we aren't writing a flowery paragraph or two about them.

  • The OnePlus 3 has been updated to Android Nougat, but not nearly as quickly as some would have liked. The OP3's target audience is broader than their previous models, but nerds still buy them. Nerds want Nougat.
  • The NVIDIA Shield TV will be upgraded to Android Nougat fairly quickly, but the Shield Tablet will take a backseat to a new thing and take longer.
  • The Axon 7 should get the update, but not very soon. ZTE struggles to meet their aspirations in the update department, but at least they have them.
  • Xiaomi will focus on new models running Android 7.0 and take six to eight months to update any existing phones.

Finally, one thing is certain when talking about all of this — there will be bugs. No matter how long it takes or how much testing is done, there will be bugs. Some of us will enjoy finding fixes for them (everything is broken on some level to people like us) while others will be unhappy and vocal about the issues. Like every year on every platform, it's going to be a fun ride.

This post was originally published in August 2016. It was recently updated in January 2017 with information about the latest Nougat updates.

Jerry Hildenbrand
Senior Editor — Google Ecosystem

Jerry is an amateur woodworker and struggling shade tree mechanic. There's nothing he can't take apart, but many things he can't reassemble. You'll find him writing and speaking his loud opinion on Android Central and occasionally on Twitter.

321 Comments
  • *subject to carrier Posted from my Galaxy S6
  • "Posted from my Galaxy S6" - couldn't agree more. I was so frustrated with how long it took AT&T to get Marshmallow to the S6. I received the update in June.
  • lol i cant really expect Android´7 for G Flex 2 right ? :D
  • Haha! We don't even get MM BUT ...we have ergonomically the best smartphone EVER built plus nearly unbreakable And that's something! Posted via the Ferrari of Smartphones: LG Flex 2
  • Is the Flex 2 like a Ferrari in that they both have overheating issues? Posted via the Android Central App
  • Aint true too,in MM there are no heat issues,at least not bigger than other phones (but i have to admit SD800 runs cooler),but compared to other flagship of 2015 it runs as cool as they do.
  • What you mean with "overheating issues" Because the 810 throttles down a bit? Don't worry even when it throttles down it's still fast ( as fast as an 808 easily) and browsing is a breeze especially with that curved screen. Unmatched experience. Posted via the Ferrari of Smartphones: LG Flex 2
  • How does a curved screen help you browsing?
  • It doesn't. It helps them justify their purchase.
  • I think it might be because too much pressure might be being put on the CPU
  • Aint true. Im rolling with 6.0 over month,they hatin. Its pretty easy to update it,unless you have some carrier version,just check out xda forums.
  • Anyone else want to know what Jerry was "partaking" while he wrote this article?
  • My guess is high quality marijuana Posted via the Android Central App
  • He was on the Nougat man
  • Green Nuggets and Tasty Nougats
  • Been rocking the nexus 5 since its release. Outside of the battery life it has been my favorite phone of all the ones I own. But its time for new and better things, 2016 nexus you will be mine soon enough.
  • Considering the LG G3 got mashmallow I'd be really pissed if the G4 doesn't at least get Nougat. If the G3 got two major updates why shouldn't the G4 as well?
  • Same. LG already pissed off a big portion of their dwindling fan base. Not updating a phone that's 1 generation behind will ignite even more fire. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Refer the bootloop. Issue and the amount of returns LG gets back, the phone is built flawed, it would be dumb to put resources into it at this stage, it's just gonna break again. Posted via the Android Central App
  • LG seem to be pretty flaky when it comes to updates though. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Shadow, because they want to forget that the g4 was ever created. It was such a Garbage phone Posted via the Android Central App
  • I've had to have mine replaced once due to random reboots, but beyond that it's been a good phone for me.
  • The phone is great.
  • What are you on? This was one of the best phones last year. Posted via the Android Central App
  • I must be the exception, then, because mine has no issues and works well. And I'm sure I'm the exception in appreciating the only phone with an LED notification light that plays nice with Lightflow and supports all colors, unlike the 6P, and the mess Samsung created after 5.1.1. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Same here. Had my G4 12months. No problems. I bet most of those that had the bootloop/fails were owned by XDA fiddler types. Been a solid phone. I hope to get another two years out of it like I did with my Nexus 4.
  • My G4 died without warning while sitting in my pocket. It was not rooted and had no modifications. I got it replaced for free .
    I then sold the replacement on Swappa and got my current 6P. If I didn't want to switch to Project Fi I'd still be using my G4. Posted via the Android Central App from my Nexus 6P on Project Fi
  • As much as I like tinkering with phones, my wife's G4 was bone-stock and it suffered the boot loop issue. It was replaced, and outside of battery life, it's been running competently since. Just bought her a Note 7, and keeping the G4 as a spare phone.
  • Ah, but the G3 was an AMAZING phone that made LG matter again... well, for a little while at least. ...Joe K.
  • I read somewhere last week, that the Nexus 5 & Nexus 7 2013 are being tested.
  • It would be a nice surprise, but I think we would've gotten a developer preview if it was going to happen. At least we have custom ROMs Posted via the Android Central App
  • They seem like they could handle one more update. But they are pretty old and battery life had degraded significantly. Posted via Techmology
  • Google are in a bit of a predicament. On the one hand, they want to increase the number of phones running the latest version of Android. On the other hand, if they stop updating the Nexus 5, which still has better specs than many mid range phones, how can they put pressure on other OEMs to update their software. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Really? The battery life on my N7 2013's battery life is excellent on MM with Doze. If I had to guess, it has around 3 times the battery life of my 6p. If it got the newer implementation of Doze, I can't imagine how good it would be.
  • +1 Posted via the Android Central App
  • I doubt the N7 could handle multi window and they didn't want a subpar experience. If I had to guess.
  • Good news about the s6 edge Plus. Just got my boy one and he loves it. My wife and I both have the 6p and my sone has the s6 edge Plus (and my daughter has the iPhone 6s plus). Posted via the Android Central App
  • I was hoping the lg stylo2 would be getting the 7. 0 update. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Haha good joke. I needed that. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Sony wise, we're probably looking at Z3, Z3+/Z4, Z5, X, XA, X Performance, and at a guess, M4 and M5. Z2 owners out of luck. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Probably true enough. Most Z2 owners are upgrading about now though, and likely not to Sony phones. I know a couple of people who bought Z2s on my recommendation... They both just upgraded to the S7 and S7 edge, also per my recommendation. Posted via the Android Central App
  • The replacement for my Z3 (which I love) will probably be an S7. Sony basically peaked with the Z3. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Yup, they just aren't making anything compelling anymore. It really is a shame. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Yup.
    Xperia X range
    Xperia Z5 range
    Xperia Z3 range (Z4 included)
    Xperia E5 These seem almost certain (not that I care, I've put my Z3C back on KitKat as it was a much better version of the OS than the crap that followed it).
    I'm not sure that sure about the M mid-rangers. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Unfortunately here in AUS sony hasn't even pushed out MM to the M4 so I'm pretty sure Nougat is out of the question.
    First and last Sony phone I will ever buy.
  • According to The Verge, the Z3 isn't getting Nougat. If that is the case, that's it, I'm done. I love my Z3, I've praised it, and Sony to friends. But not only have successive phones been less impressive, now they're abandoning the last great phone they had. Not only are their phones not competitive with their rivals, they're also not trust worthy on updates. So I'm out. My money will be going elsewhere. Probably to Samsung. Posted via the Android Central App
  • It's pretty much official http://blogs.sonymobile.com/2016/08/23/sony-xperia-and-android-7-0-nougat/ The idiots are dropping the Z3.
    Personally Sony's 5.0 and 6.0 updates to me were utter sh*t, specially when they started to become more and more like stock Android. Which is why I've put my Z3C back on KitKat.
    But this is incredibly stupid for everyone who isn't picky about software like me. It's ridiculous to have the Z3 line (which is less than 2 years old) dropped SPECIALLY when that same phone was the one used for the 6.0 and 7.0 Beta tests! It's like saying "thanks for helping us develop the OS" and then spitting on the face of those people who partook in the Beta. I honestly don't blame you. And as an ex-Z3C owner (the phone is now a dedicated music player) I can assure you you will be immensely pleased with the S7. And if I had no plans to drop the S7 as soon as Nokia returns, I'd probably keep it until the S8 and then buy the S8 too. I've gave Sony way too many chances.
  • As a Z5 owner, I will not be buying a Sony product again either. I continue to have Bluetooth audio issues, the battery life isn't very good, and I don't really like the camera. Also can't buy anything in the Google Play store because the app keeps crashing when I press the purchase button.
  • Someone actually mentioned the G4 bootloop issue....
  • I was surprised as well. Posted via my G5
  • I honestly didn't expect Jerry to say that. But if LG doesn't update the G4 to Nougat, that's going to raise hell. I doubt they'll do that, though.
  • Agreed. Posted via the Android Central App
  • I never had the Bootloop. Just the dead motherboard. Posted via the Android Central App
  • LG not even cares about one of their last year's flagships which is still rocking 5.1.1 - so no surprise here. Posted via the Ferrari of Smartphones: LG Flex 2
  • The flex 2 wasn't a flagship, it was an experiment. Posted via the Android Central App
  • It's the LG way. I turned away from them back in the G2X days and reading your comment now, shows me they still haven't changed their update tendencies. Owned 2 phones from them, flagship and other and none of them got updated.
  • Will The Samsung Galaxy Note 4 Get Android Nougat Posted via the Android Central App
  • Probably not, the phone is approaching 2 years old. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Nope. After two OS updates Samsung stops support of a phone to let you know it's time for a new one. Isn't that nice of them? Posted via the Android Central App
  • Well, I'm no Samsung fan, but to be fair that's better support than most. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Why though???
  • Unlikely. Posted via the Android Central App
  • I am still waiting for M from ATT. So the answer is a big NO.
  • (looks at his AT&T Note 4 which doesn't even have Marshmallow yet)
    (laughs)
    (goes into corner and starts sobbing)
  • For me, right after never because Samsung and AT&T want me to buy a new phone.
  • That one's a big question mark. It's possible, but I personally doubt it. It's really borderline, and very much a niche phone.
  • "The Galaxy S6, Galaxy S6 edge and Galaxy S6 edge+ will all be updated to Android Nougat"? Jeepers, I'm STILL waiting for Marshmallow on my Rogers S6. :( Marty
  • You haven't got 6.0 yet? Got 6.0 on my unlocked S6 edge since around march... Posted with ❤Love❤
  • Hence why he hasn't gotten ut. His is a carrier model and yours is not... Posted via the Android Central App
  • If my G4 doesn't get the upgrade, it will further justify my decision to get a new phone when that happens. It has the July security patch, so I will let it ride for a few months more. The LG G6 needs to be LG's Galaxy S7 moment. It needs to make a super baby from the G3, G4, V10 and G5 (sans the modules). Until it does, it will probably be Note 7 next. Posted with my LG G4 6.0 via the Android Central App
  • Reno, get a new phone. The g4 is absolute garbage Posted via the Android Central App
  • I will take a LG phone over your Droid phone.
  • The LG G4 is actually a amazing phone, better than any Droid ever made Posted via my LG G4
  • And then you woke up....in cold sweats.
  • I was extremely happy with my G4 in every way, except for the minor issue where the phone spontaneously died and had to be replaced twice. Seriously, if they hadn't used busted components, it probably would've been my favorite phone ever.
  • Lol, well I won my G4 so I have less to complain about. It did get replaced for bootloop and the WiFi and BT are not stellar compared to my G3. Yah the G4 is wonky but most of the time it works and the camera is stellar. Still, having no installment plan on my phone to pay or pay off, makes it very tempting to get the V20 or Note 7. I have not had an "ooh shiny" moment with a phone for a while now.
  • The might have issues every now and then but when it is running like it suppose to it is still one of the top phones you can get Posted via my LG G4
  • Oh I agree. I'm pretty firmly in the LG Fan camp. The wonky stuff with my phone is not enough to make it unusable. I use my phone all the time all day, and the majority of the time the G4 does all the things I need it too. I just wish the music wouldn't stop when you open the camera. I listen to music when I walk or ride my bike; I like to stop and take photos of where I am for Google Maps Local Guides and Strava but when I open the camera, the music stops. Just annoys me. Things like that have me considering getting a newer phone.
  • Ya, I have flakey BT and wifi as well on my G4. Posted via the Android Central App
  • LG G4 is not a bad phone!!! Camera is many times better than S7 edge! Posted via the Android Central App
  • That's just it, it's a good camera, but a **** phone. Posted via the Android Central App
  • I think there are many, many who will (and should, like me) disagree with you.
  • The G4 is a great phone -- when its motherboard doesn't fry up and die. I have had two of them, and both are now in the trash. Better an HTC that does all things well than an LG that does only one thing great.
  • Lol.. That's fumny
  • I don't get the point of this comment? The phone is great, have it for about 1 year and 2nd er had an issue, camera is one of the best on the smartphone market, screen is gorgeous, specs are good, NFC and QI charging, it's fast, it was updated to 6.0 fast enough, the leather back makes it a absolute stop and stare beauty (it ages like no other). Really don't get the frustration...
    If your are pointing the problems it had with bootloops and other stuff... Then state it! Because that phone was one of the best in 2015.
  • I had the g4 with the tan leather also. I didn't have any real issues with phone itself. The plastic cover that the leather was attached to was cheap, after replacing the battery several times the plastic case began to gap.
  • You're repeating yourself.
    Time for another dose of your Parkinson's meds.
  • Note 8, you mean. The Note 7 is recalled and illegal to sell.
  • Blackberry priv & dtek 50 would get updated too. Don't forget them, they got one of the best tweaks to stock android. Posted via the Android Central App
  • The Priv didn't get Marshmallow until like 9 months later, so there's no telling if Blackberry will invest in Nougat for it
  • While it did take a while to get an OS update, it was the first Android phone BB put out. While this doesn't fully excuse them, I would expect them to be faster this year. At least BB is consistent with monthly security updates, one reason I have actually given then a look, hopefully the Priv successor will fix some of the problems with the original. Still, it will have to be really good to make me get it instead of the new Nexus. Posted via the Android Central App