Android Nougat Release Likely on August 22

There are a lot of indicators to suggest that we could well see Android Nougat, the next major build of Android, be released next Monday.  Canadian carrier Telus indicated in a forum post that the Nexus 6P and Nexus 5X on their networks will receive the update on August 22nd.  If that is indeed the case, it means that Google themselves will be dropping the update out to those devices (as well as the Nexus 6) that day as the carriers and manufactures cannot release it prior to Google themselves.

Adding further evidence to a Monday release is LG.  The Android phone manufacture will be starting a limited preview program in Korea on the LG G5.  Again, like Telus, LG can’t release a preview program prior to Google releasing the bits.  If they are saying that the preview program is starting on Monday, that means Nougat will have to be available on Monday if not sooner.

Nougat has been expected to be released this month or early next month with Nexus devices seeing the update first and other manufactures like LG, HTC and Samsung releasing the update later in

Android Nougat
The LG V20 will come with Android Nougat

the year.  If the Monday date holds out, factory images of the final build should be available that day and OTA updates will likely begin that day too.  How long it takes for your Nexus devices to get it will vary on the OTA but it will likely be over the course of the next two weeks.

As a reminder, those devices which will see the Android Nougat update are as follow:

  • Nexus 5X
  • Nexus 6P
  • Nexus 6
  • Nexus 9
  • Pixel C
  • Nexus Player

Obviously this Monday release date is speculative but given that Telus accurately leaked when we would see Android Marshmallow last year, chances are pretty good that Monday will be a sweet, nougaty day. 🙂