It’s already been confirmed two months ago that Android 7.0 will be named Nougat. The question now is this: when will we see the latest version of the Android OS?
The answer seems to be “Pretty soon”. Google has not made any official comment about the release date of Android Nougat, but well-known tipster Evan Blass has revealed on Twitter that the latest version of Android will be released in August. He also pointed out that Android Nougat will come with the latest security patch, which was released on August 5. Blass has clarified that downloading the security patch won’t necessarily make Android 7.0 available in users’ devices, after several Twitter users complained that they downloaded the patch but didn’t get Android Nougat.
Blass’s August prediction does coincide with the “late summer” release date window that Google mentioned during its I/O Conference, which took place on May 18 to 20. However, it’s important to note that the term “late summer” can also mean early September.
Either way, it’s clear that the release of Android Nougat is near. Its beta version is nearly complete, with its Developer Preview 5 already available and the final release in the works. Unless Google decides that Android 7.0 needs more improvement, it will most likely be rolled out in less than four months.
But, just like with all Android updates, Android Nougat won’t reach all devices right away. It took months before Android Marshmallow (aka Android 6.0) was distributed to Android device owners around the world, and this will probably be the case with Android 7.0. Still, it’s good to know that the latest Android update is on its way, considering that it will reportedly bring about several exciting features, including virtual reality capability, multi-language support, and Google Camera 4.1.
Unfortunately, just like with Android Marshmallow, Android Nougat won’t be compatible with all devices. Evan Blass revealed in his tweet that Google Nexus 5 handsets won’t receive Nougat, although this remains to be seen.