There are plenty of reasons to update to the latest Android operating system. But whether or not you get it will depend on your smartphone’s model. As long as your phone makes the list, you can update to Android Nougat in a breeze.
Nougat is Android’s latest operating system that features over 1,500 emojis, multi-window view, quick switch between apps, high performance 3D graphics, built-in VR mode that can be activated for Daydream-ready phones, and Doze, which is one of its best features. It helps save battery power when you’re on the go. Whenever you place your mobile phone in your pocket or purse, the battery will automatically switch to low power usage.
Now who wouldn’t want to switch to an Android Nougat operating system?
A bigger question would be is your phone compatible with the new OS?
Nougat is available on the Nexus 5X, Nexus Player, Nexus 6, Nexus 6P Nexus 9, Google Pixel C, LG V20, LG G5, and a number of Sony Xperia models, such as Xperia Z3+, Xperia Z4 Tablet, Xperia Z5 Premium, Xperia X, Xperia XA Ultra. Xperia X Performance and Xperia Z5 Compact. The operating system will also be available for select HTC and Motorola phones, OnePlus 3 and ZTE Axon 7.
If your phone is included on the list, time to upgrade to Nougat.
Download and Install Android Nougat
- Make sure to back up your phone before updating its OS. Simply enable your mobile device’s built-in backup feature. Go to Settings > Backup & reset, and then check ‘Backup my data’ and ‘Automatic restore’.
- Check if you received a notification to update to the latest operating system. Otherwise, check for updates manually. Go to Settings > About Phone > System Updates.
- If the update is available, click on it to start the download and installation process.
Force update to Android Nougat for older Nexus devices
Can’t wait for your network or mobile’s manufacturer to release an official update? You can always sign up to the Android Beta program.
- Go to the Android Beta website.
- Select ‘Enroll device’ to be one of the people who will receive the update.
Will you get Google Assistant after updating? Highly unlikely. After all, this feature is only available in Google home and smartphone’s Pixel and Pixel XL. But you might be able to enable it with a device running on Android, especially on Lenovo, Nexus and Moto G phones.
It is important to note that this process is only applicable for devices that have installed Google app version 126.96.36.199 or higher, and SuperSU.
Enable Google Assistant
- To install Google Assistant, install a flashable zip through custom recovery, or modify the build.prop file.
- If you opt for the latter, replace “ro.product.model=Pixel XL” and “ro.opa.eligible_device=true”.
- Reboot and clear cache for Google app.
To check if you now have Google Assistant, long press on the home button to run the feature.
Now why is Nougat still unavailable for Samsung Galaxy S7, Galaxy S7 Edge, and other Samsung phones? Find out.