Just seven days in, and we already know quite a lot about which phones should be getting upgraded to Android 7.0 in the relatively near future. It’s not all good news, we’re afraid, as the Sony Xperia Z3, Z3 Compact and other Snapdragon 800 and 801-powered devices may not be able to fully support Nougat treats.
Meanwhile, a bunch of Nexuses have said their farewells to Marshmallow, and the LG V20 is still expected to see daylight as the first third-party product running build N out the box.
On the US carrier front, T-Mobile is trying out a new approach, listing the three update phases of nine of its phones we had no doubt in our mind would qualify for the software makeover. These are the HTC 10 and One M9, plus the Samsung Galaxy Note 5, Note 7, Galaxy S6, S6 Edge, S6 Edge+, S7, and S7 Edge.
Each and every member of the “magnificent nine” is of course in the incipient stage of Nougat optimization, namely “Manufacturer Development”, where “T-Mobile and the device manufacturer have agreed to support a new software update.”
Once OEMs get their ducks in a row, “T-Mobile Testing” will begin, with a proprietary certification process underway to “make sure you get the best quality software possible.” Then, the software is finally “approved to launch”, rolling out OTA. But that’s still several months down the road.