In August Google released the highly anticipated update to Android 7.0 Nougat. Followed by a small bump to Android 7.1 Nougat. Now, owners are wondering when they’ll get it. LG has been one of the fastest in terms of updates, and below is everything we know about LG Android 7.0 Nougat updates. Including the LG G5 Nougat update which is rolling out as we speak.
For several months many Nexus owners have been testing and enjoying the Android 7.0 release. It’s loaded with new features, improved battery life, multi-window mode and more. Many of which will be coming to an array of LG smartphones.
The Android N beta test ended in August and was quickly released for select devices. Shortly after LG confirmed a preview program, and promised fast updates to Google’s new software. Below is everything we know about updates, which devices will get it, and what LG phones are seeing Android 7.0 Nougat arrive today.
Popular smartphones from all major manufacturers will see an update to Android 7.0 in the near future. Or Android 7.1 depending on when it arrives. Reports have surfaced from Samsung, LG, HTC, Sony and many others.
In August, a few days before Android 7.0 was officially released LG confirmed a preview beta program for the LG G5. A few lucky users were able to participate in the program, but now carriers around the globe are starting to officially release the software update.
Owners with the LG G4, LG G5, LG V10, budget devices and potentially even the older LG G3 will get Android 7.0 Nougat. And while LG has been relatively quiet, we’ve seen plenty of evidence to suggest exactly that. In fact, some benchmark results were recently spotted with the LG G3 running Nougat. A device that’s nearly two years old.
That all said, here’s the latest news on LG Android 7.0 Nougat updates, what’s new and more. Including the LG G5 update kicking off in the United States.
LG Android 7.0 Nougat Updates
The first smartphone to ship with Android 7.0 Nougat was the new LG V20. As a result many expected LG to be one of the first for software updates too. And they were right. On November 8th LG confirmed the LG G5 Android 7.0 update has begun.
Back on November 8th the LG G5 Android 7.0 update began in Korea. LG confirmed it would soon arrive in the United States, Asia, then continue to other popular markets around the globe.
The first update in the United States arrived on November 21st. Beginning with the Sprint LG G5. Several users on Reddit confirmed the news, then eventually Sprint made it official. The T-Mobile LG G5 Android 7.0 Nougat update quickly followed, and now the Verizon LG G5 is getting it as of December 1st. Below is a screenshot confirming the software, November 1st security patch, and the large 1.3GB file. Here’s a screenshot for proof.
Owners with the T-Mobile LG G5 can head into Settings > About Phone > Software Updates and check for the latest software. It comes in around 1.3GB so we’d recommend a WiFi connection for the best results. Expect AT&T and Verizon to make announcements within the next two weeks. A similar update is rolling out to Verizon owners as well.
Next, LG will continue their efforts on the LG V10 and LG G4. With the G4 update rumored for early January or February, and sadly the LG V10 sometime in March. Those are only rumors though, and it could be much earlier depending on how development goes.
Surprisingly, select LG G3 phones have been spotted with Nougat. And while it’s possible it may receive an update, the phone is approaching the 2-year old mark. Meaning it may only get security and maintenance updates, not the new software. We’ll have to wait and see.
What’s New in Android 7.0 Nougat
Our link at the top of the page is an in-depth look at Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow vs Android 7.0 Nougat. Including everything that’s new and different with comparison photos. It goes over many of the key changes, so start there.
As a quick recap, the LG Android 7.0 update will bring improved performance, better battery life with “Doze” features, better split-screen multitasking, the recent apps button works like ALT+TAB and switches between the last used apps, and much more. Google has over 50 big changes in Android N. Like faster app installs, which are also smaller, a new JIT compiler, improved graphics and performance with the Vulkan API, revamped notifications with quick reply from the pulldown bar, customizable quick setting tiles and so much more. All of that and more will complete LG’s software upgrades.
A huge addition announced back at Google IO was “Android Instant Apps” which will enable Android to install small bits of an app (say, from a search result or web link) and allow one-time instant app usage. No installing an app and starting over. Android just adds what it needs for that moment, uses the app then removes those parts, and we’re done. That has yet to go live, but we’re expecting it by the end of the year.
Not to mention things like a better and improved Google Now or Search using the Google Assistant with machine learning, number blocking and call screening, and more than we know under the hood or behind the scenes.
Most of this will come with LG’s software skin on top, and closely resemble the sleeker UI we’ve seen on the LG V20. Samsung has TouchWiz, HTC uses Sense UI, etc. Not every new feature will be implemented, others will be changed, but this will be a welcomed addition to all LG smartphones.
As of right now the LG V20 and LG G5 are the only devices running Android 7.0 Nougat from the company. Others will quickly follow, but we’re not sure yet when. Expect LG or carriers to make further announcements regarding the rollout for the LG G5, and share additional information at a later date. Before the end of the week we expect LG to confirm the release, followed by carriers.
It’s worth nothing that many of LG’s updates have come in February or March the following year after big updates. Like The LG G3 Android 5.0 update in early March. So while some could see it in 2016, most older LG smartphone owners in the US should expect updates in 2017.
Stay tuned for more details, and we’ll update the moment we know more.