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May 19, 2016

When is Android 7.0 N coming to my phone?

by John_A

Every year a major update to Android is released. This year’s update is currently known as Android N, although it will eventually get a dessert-inspired name. We don’t currently know what Android N’s final name will be, but Google is letting Joe Public get involved in Android N’s naming by submitting suggestions via Android.com/n.

It’s early days for Android N and this feature will be continually updated over the next year as we learn more information on what devices will be updated when. If you want to know what will come with the update, you can read our Android N preview with everything you need to know.

Android 7.0 N: Release date

Following the pattern of previous updates, we’d expect to see the final build of Android N early October 2016, and Google has been consistent in suggesting an Autumn or Fall release date for Android N.

Android N has been a bit different to previous versions, however, because Google released a dev beta on 9 March, with subsequent updates on 13 April and 18 May. These have been made available to Nexus devices via a simple beta programme, so many people will have had the chance to experience Android N long in advance of a final release.

With the 18 May release, Dave Burke, VP of engineering on Android, said that this release was now stable enough to use daily, so for some Nexus owners, Android N is out there and available.

Android 7.0 N update: Nexus devices

Android 6.0 Marshmallow started rolling out to older Nexus devices as soon as the final build was announced, which as we mentioned was early October 2015.

It is likely to be the same for Android N in 2016 so those with a Nexus device can not only be certain they will get the 7.0 update, but that they will get it first. If you fancy trying the beta software (accepting it isn’t final), then take a look out our feature on how to get Android N right now.

Android 7.0 N update: BlackBerry

BlackBerry is all about Android now with Priv already available and new devices rumoured for release in 2016. The BlackBerry Priv launched on Android Lollipop but it is only just being updated to Marshmallow meaning users have been waiting six months.

With a bit of luck BlackBerry will speed things up for Android N but early 2017 is probably more likely than the end of 2016.

Android 7.0 N update: HTC

HTC operates a 90-day promise for software updates and the company also says your device will be updated for two years following its release.

It has already confirmed via Twitter that Android N will be coming to the HTC 10, HTC One A9 and the HTC One M9. There was no mention of the One M8 or when the N update will arrive but if it sticks to that promise, expect Android N on HTC by the end of January 2017.

Android 7.0 N update: Huawei

Huawei began offering Android Marshmallow devices from November 2015 when it launched its Mate 8 with the software pre-loaded. This might therefore mean the company will do the same this year, launching the Mate 9 with Android N before the end of the year.

In terms of updates, it might be a couple more months before older devices see the N update but Huawei is a little quicker than others.

Android 7.0 N update: Honor

Sub-brand of Huawei, Honor, launched the Honor 7 Enhanced Edition in December 2015, offering Android Marshmallow from the box.

The Honor 5X and the standard model of the Honor 7 then both received the Marshmallow update a couple of months later around March so early 2017 for Android N is a safer bet than end of 2016.

Android 7.0 N update: LG

LG was one of the first manufacturers to deliver the Marshmallow update, with G4 users in Poland getting it from mid-October 2015. The main push for Europe then came in November 2015, continuing to March 2016 when the G3 received the Marshmallow update.

With this in mind, chances are LG G5 owners will see an Android N update within a couple of months of the final build release, perhaps before 2016 is out. Users with older handsets like the LG G4 may have to wait a few more months but early 2017 is plausible based on this year’s update schedule.

Android 7.0 N update: Motorola

Motorola devices receive Android updates a lot faster than some other devices thanks to the minimal additions Motorola puts over the top of the raw Android software.

The Android Marshmallow update schedule for Moto started in December 2015 so we would expect similar for the newest Moto handsets when it comes to Android N. Aside from Nexus devices, Motorola handsets are likely to be some of the first to receive the 7.0 update.

Android 7.0 N update: OnePlus

OnePlus hasn’t been the fastest at updating its devices to Marshmallow. In fact, at the time of writing, the OnePlus One, OnePlus 2 and OnePlus X were all still waiting for the update.

Based on this, we wouldn’t expect Android N to hit the OnePlus 2 or rumoured OnePlus 3 until later in 2017 than other devices. They will be some of the last to receive Marshmallow but perhaps that won’t the the case for Android N.

Android 7.0 N update: Samsung

Samsung phased a roll-out for the Marshmallow update, with some devices receiving it in South Korea at the end of January 2016. Other regions and devices had to wait a little longer with updates still being pushed in March 2016.

The company was rolling out updates for Lollipop 31 days after its release though so hopefully Android N will be a little quicker than Marshmallow has been. Regions and networks play a role too so it isn’t just down to Samsung to get things ready for the next update.

Android 7.0 N update: Sony Xperia

Sony started rolling out Marshmallow updates from the beginning of March 2016 but there are still a couple of devices waiting for the update, even if they are the older ones.

We’d expect a similar timeline for the Android N update so don’t expect to see Android 7.0 on your Sony device until a few months into 2017.

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