Android 7.0 Nougat

Android 7.0 Nougat

Android 7.0 Nougat rolling out to Honor 8 starting tomorrow

If you happen to own an Honor 8, we’ve got some good news for you… Honor has just announced that Android 7.0 Nougat will start rolling out to Honor 8 devices tomorrow, February 10! While the initial rollout will begin tomorrow, the company says all Honor 8 devices will receive the update by the end of February.

Wondering what this new update brings to the Honor 8? For starters, the smartphone will finally get the big EMUI 5 update, which is the same interface that debuted on the Huawei Mate 9. This means you’ll finally have the ability to enable an app drawer, which is something many U.S. Honor 8 users have been requesting since the device’s launch.

There are plenty of other big changes coming with EMUI 5 too, like more dynamic, static and local security options, a new design that’s inspired by the Aegean Sea landscape, and also the ability to rearrange the settings list. Honor says this new update will bring reduced mis-touches, as well.

For a full list of improvements coming with EMUI 5, check out the image below:

Android 7.0 Nougat rolling out to Honor 8 starting tomorrow

Of course, we can expect to see plenty of other Nougat-specific improvements and features coming to the device, including multi-window mode, bundled notifications, customizable quick settings, Doze Mode on the Go, and much, much more. To learn more about Android 7.0 Nougat, check out our full review here.

In our Honor 8 review, we mentioned that the phone provided a great value for money, and that was when the device was going for around $400. It’s currently available for $70 less than that on Amazon, so now might be a good time to check it out before it jumps up in price again.

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Do you own an Honor 8? If so, be sure to let us know when you receive your Nougat update!

Android version distribution: the calm before the Nougat storm

Yes, yes, I know: Android fragmentation, grumble, grumble. It’s almost six months after Android Nougat first appeared on the Pixels, and the latest version of Android is only present on 1.2 percent of active devices. But the monthly Android dashboard from Google, currently showing data collected over the week preceding February 6, is about to see a big bump in Nougat numbers.

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The reason is simple: this month we’ll be seeing the vast majority of Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge devices getting the final Nougat update. While the rollout began a couple of weeks ago in some parts, I wouldn’t be surprised to see the Nougat percentage ramp up by at least another percent or two in March. And it’s not only Samsung either, as several other OEMs also have Nougat update plans this month.

Android version distribution: the calm before the Nougat storm

Even since last month, Nougat saw a significant 0.5 percent increase, which may not seem like much but it’s still almost half of the Nougat total. Lollipop remains the most popular Android OS version, sitting on 32.9 percent of devices, with Marshmallow not far behind on 30.7 percent. KitKat is next with 21.9 percent and Jelly Bean is holding on for dear life at 11.3 percent.

If you’ve been keeping an eye on our Nougat update tracker, you’ll know LG got Nougat out first, taking just 78 days to hit the mark (albeit to South Korean G5 – the US followed suit 12 days later). Samsung took a painfully slow 143 days to get Android 7.0 out to its first devices, even with a lengthy beta program.

With Android smartphone hardware now largely great across the board, expecting more from software updates should be next on our list of demands as consumers. Whether that’s through pressuring carriers and OEMs to release updates faster or by Google miraculously inventing a new way to update underlying parts of the Android system independently of manufacturer and carrier additions. As always where updates are concerned: let your wallet do the talking.

What version of Android are you running? When do you expect to get Nougat?

ZTE Axon 7 update brings Nougat, Daydream View support, and more

After what turned out to be a small delay, ZTE has announced that its Axon 7 smartphone is the latest device to get an over-the-air update to Android 7.0 Nougat. Previous reports said the update would become available in January, so it missed that time frame by about a week.

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In addition to the Nougat update, the Axon 7 also now supports the use of the optional Daydream View smartphone virtual reality headset. The Axon 7 is one of just a handful of phones that supports both Nougat and the Daydream View hardware.  Normally the headset costs $79, but a current promotion from Google has lowered it price down by $30 to just $49 until February 25.

With the Nougat update, Axon 7 owners will be able to access features such as a way to run two apps on the same screen, along with better battery life and access to a whole new set of emoji.

In related news, ZTE has revealed that starting today, Axon 7 owners can access free and fully integrated caller ID, spam detection and call blocking features on the phone, via a new partnership with Hiya. ZTE claims it is the first US mobile phone manufacture to offer those kinds of services for free.

Axon 7 users will now be able to block unwanted callers, and the phone will also have an auto-blocking feature designed to keep already known scam numbers from reaching the phone’s owner. This due in part to the phone being able to access the 1.5 billion active mobile and landline phone numbers that are available in Hiya’s proprietary data set.

If you own an ZTE Axon 7, how do you feel about the new caller ID and call blocking features? Let us know your thoughts in the comments!

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Unlocked Moto Z Nougat update begins US rollout

Motorola is keeping its earlier promise to roll out the Android Nougat update for the unlocked Moto Z to its US owners in February. Thanks to a tip from one of our readers (and multiple online reports from other users), it looks like the unlocked Moto Z’s Android Nougat update is starting now!

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It’s been a longer wait than anticipated for the people who bought the unlocked Moto Z back in September. The Verizon versions of both the Moto Z Droid and Moto Z Force Droid, which were released in July, were able to snag their Nougat updates in mid-November.

In addition to Nougat, this update for the unlocked Moto Z also adds support for Google’s Daydream VR platform, which means you can use the company’s Daydream View headset to check out a bunch of virtual reality apps and games on the phone. The headset is currently available for just $49 at the Google Store, a $30 discount from its normal $79 price tag. That discount is scheduled to end on February 25.

One odd thing about this update that’s being reported is that Google’s Android security patches are from way back in November. Hopefully Motorola will roll out the more recent security updates for the unlocked Moto Z very soon.

That leaves the budget-priced Moto Z Play, both in its unlocked and Verizon versions, without its own Nougat update. A few weeks ago, a Motorola spokesperson stated that the OTA roll out for those phones will begin sometime in March.

Keep in mind that this rollout has just started, so it may take a while for your Moto Z to receive this update. If you do own the unlocked Moto Z, have you been able to download the Android Nougat update? If so what are your initial impressions? Let us know your thoughts and experiences in the comments!

Thanks for the tip, Cooper Dahle!

Honor 6X to get Android Nougat update in March

Honor took the wraps off the 6X smartphone in China back in October of last year. At CES in Las Vegas, the company announced that it is bringing the device to the US as well as a few European markets. The mid-ranger offers a great price-performance ratio and ships with Android Marshmallow on board.

The good news is that the device will soon get updated to Android 7.0. Nougat. According to a statement Huawei gave to Android Police, the Honor 6X will get bumped up to the latest version of Android by the end of March. It looks like Honor is speeding things up, as the company originally said that owners of the 6X smartphone can expect to receive the update sometime in the second quarter of the year.

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The Nougat update will also come with Huawei’s latest EMUI 5.0 user interface, which changes the look and feel of Android quite a bit. It is a step up compared with the previous versions of the UI and brings quite a few new features to the table. These include, among others, the option of enabling the app drawer, which users have welcomed with open arms.

As a refresher, the Honor 6X comes with a 5.5-inch Full HD display and is powered by the Kirin 655 chipset. It has 3 GB of RAM and 32 GB of storage that can be expanded with a microSD card. You’ll find a dual-camera setup on the back with 12 and 2 MP sensors and an 8 MP selfie snapper on the front. The device also features a 3,440 mAh battery, a metal construction, a rear-mounted fingerprint sensor, and will set you back $249.99/€249, which isn’t a bad deal.

If you’re interested in finding out more about the mid-range device, make sure you check out the review of the Honor 6X.

OEMs need to stop promising updates they can’t deliver

The rollout of Android Nougat appeared to be off to a good start this year, with a number of handsets seeing the update and many more promises being made about upgrades arriving in the not too distant future. However, waiting for Nougat is becoming an increasingly frustrating situation for many, as a number of manufacturers have delayed, postponed, and even cancelled their upgrades recently. Quite frankly, this easily avoidable situation is becoming a bit of a mess.

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For a recap, just a few days ago Sony halted the roll out of Nougat for its Xperia Z5, Z3+, Z3+ Dual, and Z4 Tablet. The reason, a number of bugs related to audio playback.

HTC has also previously twice delayed its roll out of Nougat for the HTC 10, first pulling the update for a number of bugs and issues, then appearing to suffer from similar problems again just a couple of weeks ago, and today we have another delay in Europe for “technical issues”.

That’s not all either: ZTE is now declaring that Nougat for its Axon 7 won’t be arriving in January, stating that the software does not currently meet its “quality requirements”. Instead, the company aims to send the upgrade out to customers some time later in the quarter, possibly as late as March.

I’m sure you can spot the common theme here: software bugs. While these are often unavoidable in one form or another, the fact that so many manufacturers are struggling to roll out stable software is a symptom of a larger industry problem – manufacturers are simply promising more than they can deliver and shipping unfinished products. The practice needs to stop.

OEMs need to stop promising updates they can’t deliver

After initially promising an update in January, ZTE has had to push back its Nougat update for the Axon 7 until sometime later this quarter.

Delays > bugs

Of course, a short delay is better than a buggy release, but companies and consumers would be better served by OEMs not setting themselves deadlines that simply can’t be met in the first place (something HTC learned in the past). Unfortunately we’re now trapped in this cycle of over-promising due to consumer eagerness for the latest version of Android, combined with the brownie points on offer for manufacturers that promise to have an update out the fastest.

Social media certainly hasn’t helped this trend, with a never-ending stream of questions and criticisms about slow updates, so it’s ever so tempting for PR departments to promise the world just to score a few pleasantries.

Fast updates are certainly welcome, but we've reach that point where the race is starting to negatively impact the quality of products coming out.

Of course, prompt updates are certainly a welcome side effect of the competitive Android landscape, but we’ve reach the point where the race is starting to negatively impact the quality of products coming out. Sure, making the update deadline is great, but missing it only causes consumer resentment and a PR backlash that has to be dealt with.

Free beta

Even the increasing prevalence of beta updates is starting to become a worrying sign. Operating a small closed beta to iron out the last few bugs is one thing, but we’re seeing a number of companies running highly open betas for months and still shipping bug-filled updates that need to be halted.

This essentially encourages consumers to test out a company’s software for free, something which they should really be paying professionals to do effectively and promptly. Consumers shouldn’t have to keep up with the latest betas to first get and then fix issues; companies should be providing stable releases suitable for mass consumers who don’t want or have the time to spend keeping up to date with changelogs.

Companies run open betas for months and still ship bug-filled updates that need to be halted.

If we start seeing an increasing number of OEMs offering beta updates, you can bet that this is just a cop out to side-step the issue. It effectively allows manufacturers to promise fast updates but then not have to bother polishing them for the majority of consumers until months later. These days we treat availability of a beta program as though it were an actual public release. As consumers, we should be incredibly sceptical of this.

Mirror, mirror

All of this is building to a potential major shaking up of consumer confidence in manufacturers’ software, and this could eventually trickle down into a more widespread scepticism about the quality of Android on the whole. With so many updates running into issues, how can consumers trust that their next OTA isn’t going to ruin their experience?

The buggy mess OEMs bring to the market reflects badly on Android as a whole.

It won’t take many reports of bricked handsets or crashing software before general consumers begin to build the impression that Android is a bug-riddled mess, and may be tempted to try iOS for its “just works” reputation.

As Android enthusiasts, we know that this isn’t true of the actual source code, but if a buggy mess is what OEMs bring to the market then that’s effectively what Android becomes.

OEMs need to stop promising updates they can’t deliver

We know that Nougat itself is not bug riddled, but slap-dash OEM implementations risk damaging the reputation of the entire Android ecosystem.

Great expectations

That said, I’m certainly not suggesting that OEMs don’t announce which phones they plan on updating, but an attitude of “it will be ready when it’s ready” would help avoid the disappointments and frustrations while at the same time ensuring better quality rollouts. After all, good communication is about keeping people informed accurately, not about making unrealistic promises.

For their own sake, companies need to slow down and polish their products.

For their own sake, companies need to slow down and polish their products, less they risk damaging their reputation and that of the broader Android ecosystem for a few positive replies on their Twitter accounts.

We as consumers can help ease the situation too by putting less pressure on OEMs to update their devices too quickly and not buying handsets simply because a company promises us something in the future. Instead, we should be willing to accept that a good update is worth waiting for, while still holding companies fairly to account when they fail to deliver on their promises and/or quality.

Android Nougat update for ZTE Axon 7 delayed; will be released within Q1

The ZTE Axon 7 is one of the best budget smartphones on the market, along with the OnePlus 3T. It was announced back in May 2016 and ships with Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow on board. A few months ago, ZTE Mobile Germany announced that the Nougat update for its flagship device would be available in January. But unfortunately, that is not going to happen.

According to a recent Facebook post from ZTE Mobile Germany, the Nougat update will be delayed. The company said that in its current state, the software doesn’t meet their quality standards. Those of you who have been waiting for the update will have to be patient for a bit longer, as it is scheduled to hit the Axon 7 sometime in the first quarter (Q1), which means you might not get it until the end of March.

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The company wants to speed things up as much as possible and has said that it doubled the number of beta testers — in Germany at least — in order to get the Nougat update out faster. Let’s hope that ZTE keeps its promise this time and gets the update out soon. The last thing users want is another delay, although a delayed rollout is probably still preferable to a botched rollout, as HTC 10 owners know only too well.

Nougat now rolling out to Galaxy S7/Edge in India, Russia, and Germany  

Samsung is hard at work spreading Nougat to untold numbers of Galaxy S7/Edge units around the world. Following a head start for beta users two weeks ago, the company began updating stable devices to Android 7.0 on January 17.

Starting today the Nougat update is rolling out to users in India and Russia, as well as Vodafone subscribers in Germany, SamMobile reports.

In India, the Galaxy S7 Nougat update is code-numbered G930FXXU1DQAZ and weighs in at around 1285MB. Meanwhile, the S7 Edge Nougat (G935FXXU1DQAZ) is slightly larger, at 1290MB. In Germany, the update is being rolled out en masse to Galaxy S7 Edge users, but there are reports of it hitting the Galaxy S7 as well.

The updates will roll out in stages, in order to spot and fix any unforeseen issues before they affect a large number of devices. Just in the last days, Sony, HTC, and ZTE all halted their Nougat rollouts due to bugs, and Samsung has hit its own roadblocks with rollouts in the past years.

As always, you can attempt to speed up the process by checking for updates manually from the About device section.

Samsung bundled quite a few changes with the Nougat update for the Galaxy S7/Edge, with highlights including multiple changes to the UI (new font, new animations), a revamped settings menu, a revamped notification dropdown, blue light filter, new Device Maintenance tool, Performance mode, the ability to scale down display resolution, and improvements to the Always On Display.

The update switches the S7 and S7 Edge’s screen resolution down to Full HD (from the native Quad HD), though it’s super easy to change it back. More details here.

India, Russia and Germany are joining UK, France, China and other large markets where the Nougat update is already available for S7 and S7 Edge users. Expect to see more regions to follow over the next weeks.

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Anyone here that got the update? Share your experience so far!

HTC stops the HTC 10 Nougat rollout – again

The Android Nougat update for the HTC 10 in Europe has been stopped. Again. If you’re getting a little deja vu here, that’s probably because the same thing happened about two weeks ago. Apparently the bugs found and squashed in that first update hiccup weren’t all of them.

HTC’s product and services director for EMEA, Graham Wheeler, just announced the Nougat rollout in Europe has been “paused” once again while the company “looks into a technical issue”. Unfortunately, he doesn’t expect the HTC 10’s mainland Europe rollout to resume until some time next month.

Wheeler was quick to pre-empt his “No Nougat for mainland Europe” tweet with news that Nougat is now available in the UK, Russia, Turkey and the Middle East. With ZTE, Sony and others delaying or halting their Nougat updates recently too, we’re beginning to wonder if this is all just a coincidence or if there could possibly be a larger problem at hand.

Nougat update rolling out to HTC 10 and HTC One M9 in Europe

Looks like HTC is keeping its promises. About a week ago, Graham Wheeler, product and service director at HTC EMEA, announced on Twitter that European HTC 10 devices would be getting Android Nougat within the next two weeks. We are now happy to report that the Nougat update has begun rolling out in Europe.

Today, Wheeler again took to Twitter to announce that Android Nougat is making its way to HTC 10 devices in the UK. He also added that the update will be available in other countries soon. Although an exact time frame wasn’t specified, we expect that it will be released within the next couple of days.

Nougat update rolling out to HTC 10 and HTC One M9 in Europe

HTC is also rolling out Nougat to the One M9 in the UK, with several owners sharing screenshots of the install screen on Twitter. This is consistent with previous statements made by HTC, saying that the One M9 would get bumped up to the latest version of Android in the same timeframe as the HTC 10. The update should be available in other countries soon.

The next device HTC plans on updating to Nougat in Europe is the One A9. Although the company said that the update will be available at an unspecified later date, we have heard that the device has already been bumped up to the latest version of Android in some countries that are part of the MEA region (Middle East and Africa). This is good news, as it likely means that the update for the European One A9 is just around the corner.

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It’s great to see that the Nougat update for the HTC 10 and One M9 is finally being released in Europe, as it has already been available in the US for some time. Across the pond, HTC updated both the 10 as well as the One M9 to Nougat back in December.

Have you got the update yet? Let us know in the comments.