The wait for LG Android 7.0 Nougat updates has been short thus far, but those with older devices could be in for a long delay. After quick updates like the LG G5 Android Nougat release, things have slowed down. Many are excitedly awaiting it to arrive, and here we’ll be going over everything owners need to know. From release schedules, confirmations and more. Including the LG G4 Nougat release.
Way back in August last year Google rolled out Android 7.0 Nougat. Since then we’ve seen multiple quick maintenance updates, including 7.1.2 for the Pixel. Those with LG smartphone though, aren’t getting updates as quick.
Thanks to an LG Nougat preview program updates have been faster this time around. However, millions of those with an LG G4 or V10 are still waiting. Additionally, some LG G5 owners are still on Marshmallow, and are wondering when they’ll get the latest and greatest software. That and more is detailed below for all LG smartphone owners.
Popular smartphones from all major manufacturers will see updates to Android 7.0 in the near future, if not already. Reports have surfaced from Samsung, LG, HTC, Sony and many others. Manufacturers are pushing out Android 7.0 though, and not the latest 7.1.1 release by Google. That will come later this year.
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. In fact, some benchmark results were spotted with the LG G3 running Nougat. A device that’s nearly two years old. That’s a good sign for owners, but don’t expect it anytime soon. If you have a G4 or V10 though, we have some relatively good news to share.
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.
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 most didn’t get it until February. A few are even waiting as we’re now in March.
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 began February 20th. Multiple reports online have confirmed its arrival. 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. It can take up to two weeks to hit your device, so by now most should have it.
Next, LG will continue their efforts on the LG V10 and LG G4. When though, is a complete mystery. Originally we heard February and March, but that obviously didn’t happen. However, we do have new information. Reports from Korea say to expect the LG G4 Android 7.1 Nougat update in Q3, which seems way too late. Same goes for the LG V10, which could see it this summer.
These are only rumors though, and we’re expecting LG to get these out within the next 1-2 months at the latest. When we know more we’ll share all the details. 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, how it compares to older software and everything that’s new. Of course LG has a lot of changes to the look and feel of our software, but it is a great place to start for owners.
As a quick recap, the LG Android 7.0 update will bring improvements across the board. From performance, battery life enhancements, improved split-screen multitasking and other changes. Google has over 50+ changes in Android N. Like faster app installs, which are also smaller, a new JIT compiler, improved graphics and performance with the Vulkan API, and even streamlined notifications with new quick reply controls. Not to mention customizable quick setting tiles and other things. Expect all of that and much more from LG Nougat updates.
A big addition to Android announced back at Google IO was “Instant Apps” which enables our devices 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 anything or leaving the web. Android just adds what it needs for that moment, and removes it once we’re done with the app. Here is more information on Instant Apps, which is now available for select Nougat devices.
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. Don’t expect everything from Nexus or Pixel devices, but most of Android 7.0 Nougat will soon enhance your LG device.
Additionally, the Google Assistant is rolling out to any and all smartphones on Android 6.0 Marshmallow or 7.0 Nougat. It should be on most phones by now, or soon.
As of today the LG V20 and LG G5 are the only LG devices on Android Nougat. 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. We know they are next, it’s just a matter of when. Hopefully the Q3 launch rumor is wrong.
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. Considering the G5 was in December the company is a few months ahead of schedule. If that’s anything to go by we could see LG G4 Nougat updates in April.
Stay tuned for more details, and we’ll update the moment we know more.
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