Google has unveiled the name of its upcoming operating system and it’s Nougat, but users can download developer previews and enjoy the new features. It isn’t known when Nougat will be released, but we’ll see it pre-installed on the new Nexuses. Then, it will roll out to flagships and other newer mid-range smartphones created by big brands. Sony is one of the first manufacturers that will bring this update to a number of devices.
First of all, when a new Android update is released, it’s rolled out to unlocked devices, then mobile carriers are pushing out these updates to their subscribers. There are still many smartphones waiting to be upgraded to Android 6.0 Marshmallow, but Sony has taken care of this aspect months ago, when it released the firmware to its Xperia Z5, Z4, Z3, and Z2. Sprint, AT&T, T-Mobile, US Cellular and Verizon are the major US carriers that moved pretty fast and released Android 6.0 Marshmallow for Sony’s smartphones, and currently, the Xperia Z5 Compact, Xperia Z5 Premium, Xperia Z4 Tablet, Xperia Z3+, Xperia Z3 compact and Xperia Z2 Tablet are also seeing the Android 6 Marshmallow update.
Gear and Style Cheat Sheet has reported that the Xperia M4 Aqua, Xperia C5 Ultra, Xperia C4, and the Xperia M5 will soon receive the update as well. But, when it comes to Android Nougat, rumors suggest that the new operating system will be available in the third quarter of 2016, although more realistic predictions suggest that the software will show up in early 2017.
Most likely, the devices that will have priority to receive Android N will be the Z5-branded, then the Z4 tablet and the Z3 series will follow. Unfortunately for the owners of the Z1 series, neither Marshmallow nor Nougat will be released for these devices. Users who haven’t been notified about the availability of Marshmallow on their eligible devices can manually check for it by going to Settings > System Update.
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