For several months many Nexus owners have been enjoying the Android 7.0 Nougat release. And recently it has slowly arrived for more devices, like the LG G5 and Galaxy S7. It’s loaded with new features, improved battery life, multi-window mode and more. Here’s what we know about all LG Android Nougat software updates.
In August Google released the update to Android 7.0 Nougat. Then followed with 7.1 and even Android 7.1.2 for Nexus and Pixel. Those with LG smartphones are wondering then they’ll get it. The first updates arrived in December, and now US carriers are starting to do the same. Here’s the latest info, including information about the LG G5 Nougat release.
The Android N beta test ended in August of 2016 and was quickly released for select devices. Shortly after LG confirmed a preview program, and promised fast updates to Google’s new software. How fast depends on expectations, as we’re now in February of 2017 and many still don’t have it. That said, it’s starting to arrive for more and more devices which we’ll explain below.
Popular smartphones from all major manufacturers will see updates to Android 7.0 in the near future. Reports have surfaced from Samsung, LG, HTC, Sony and many others. Most can expect Android 7.0 and not the latest Android 7.1 Nougat, sadly.
Owners with the LG G4, LG G5, LG V10, budget devices and potentially even the older LG G3 will get Android 7.0 Nougat. Some already have. And while LG has been relatively quiet, we’re starting to see more movement from US carriers. In fact, some benchmark results were recently spotted with the LG G3 running Nougat. A device that’s nearly two years old. Which is a good sign for owners.
With that said, when will your LG device get Android Nougat? We’re not entirely sure, but we have some details worth sharing. 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 LG V20. As a result many expected LG to be one of the first for software updates too. On November 8th LG confirmed the LG G5 Android 7.0 update had begun. However, it didn’t arrive for those in the United States until far later, and more are hitting devices here in February.
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 then the Verizon LG G5 update kicked off in December. Below is a screenshot confirming the software, November 1st security patch, and the large 1.3GB file. Here’s a screenshot for proof.
So what about AT&T? They’ve been fast with updates in the past, but that wasn’t the case this time around with the LG G5. AT&T is the last major carrier to send out G5 Nougat updates, which are arriving starting February 20th. Multiple reports online have confirmed the news. Head into Settings > About Phone > and check for updates. Remember, AT&T only allows users to check once per day. Otherwise you’ll need to change the phone date forward and try again. Or just be patient.
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. The V20 needs a bug-fixing update too, as it has its fair share of problems with Nougat.
Surprisingly, select LG G3 phones have been spotted with Nougat. And while it’s possible it may receive an update, the phone is nearly two years old. 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
At the top of the page LG owners can find an in-depth breakdown of Android 7.0 Nougat, and how it compare to Marshmallow. Showing what’s new and what will change after the update. Of course LG has their own skin over stock Android, but much of it will be the same.
As a quick recap, the LG Android 7.0 update will bring improved performance, better battery life with something called “Doze”, better split-screen multitasking and more. The recent apps button can be tapped to switch between the last used apps back and forth with ease. 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. Much of that and other bug fixes will be in all LG Nougat updates.
A big addition announced back at Google IO was “Android Instant Apps” which enables Android to install small bits of an app (from a search result or web link) and allow one-time instant app usage. Giving smartphone users an app-like experience without downloading an app or stopping what you’re doing. Android just adds what it needs for that moment, uses the app then removes those parts, and its done. Here is more information on Instant Apps, which is now available for some.
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 follow in the near future. Now that the final US carrier is sending out Nougat to the LG G5, we should start to hear more about the V10 and G4 from 2016. Expect those two devices to be next.
It’s worth nothing that most of LG’s updates have arrived in February or March the year after Google releases an update. Like The LG G3 Android 5.0 update arrived March a few years back. So while a few owners received it in 2016, most updates will arrive in the next month or two.
Stay tuned for more details, and we’ll update the moment we know more.