The much-anticipated Android software release is here, as we reported on yesterday. Thus far, first impressions of Android 7.0 Nougat have been positive. Here’s the fastest method to get it running on your phone.
For those of you who own a relatively new Nexus device, you can download and install the update now. Compatible Nexuses include last year’s Nexus 6P and Nexus 5X, as well as the Pixel C tablet, Nexus Player, Nexus 9, and Nexus 6. It’s worth noting however that the older LG Nexus 5 and Nexus 7 (2013) will not be receiving the update.
Can’t wait to try it out yourselves? Google has now released the factory images and OTA.zip files for flashing (see links below). But if you don’t want to do all the manual work, you can simply enroll in the Android Beta Program. The update seems to be arriving right away over-the-air, letting you download and install it without resetting your device and having to wait. Alternatively, if you’re okay with waiting, if you’re on Android 6.0.1 with the July security patches, you can simply wait for the over-the-air update to hit your device, although is said to be taking a bit of time. If you ever wonder just when your device will get updated to Android 7.0 Nougat, drop by our Droid Updates series, which includes all the updates in the industry and runs weekly (see here).
If you’re updating from Marshmallow, the software package comes in at nearly 1.2GB in size. However, if you’re coming from a recent developer preview, the update comes in at around 50MB in size.