With the LG V20 being the first OEM device to feature Android Nougat from first boot, we’ve been wondering when Google (and its supposed manufacturer partner, HTC) would get its act together and release a couple of new Nexus phones.
The simple answer, thus far, is October 4. The long answer lies in a confusing truth.
To be clear, one of Droid Life’s trusty sources spilled that bean, but the outlet itself goes on to make some claims about how that date relates to the LG V20 launch and the Nexus launch.
Evan Blass leaked out word that Google will be sending out Android 7.0 Nougat alongside a security update with the August 5 patch level. It doesn’t necessarily have to come out that day, though the dates are big indicators of when they should be released. The latest Android Security Bulletin says that existing (and applicable) Nexus devices should get a single OTA with the August 5 patch level. Whenever that gets sent out, it’ll be an indicator that Android Nougat is at a stable point for release.
LG debuts its V20 next month as first Android Nougat phone in the world, much less in the OEM space. Insider sources claim another motivation for the chaebol to pull up a fall flagship release and that is to chase after Samsung’s early Note event as well as a slightly redesigned iPhone launch.
By scheduling a Nexus hardware launch past that date, Google gets out of the way of its longtime manufacturer partner, LG, weans off any initial release bugs of Nougat and can take advantage of the holiday sales period.
What does this all speak to you of? A change in Google’s attitude towards tying a symbolic hardware standard with the release of a new version of Android? Or something more of happenstance and accident?