Android Nougat release date very likely August 22

Nexus users could be getting Android 7.0 Nougat very soon. For everyone else, it'll be months away, if you ever get it.
Written by Adrian Kingsley-Hughes, Senior Contributing Editor

Get ready to sink your teeth into some Nougat, Nexus owners, because the release date could be as early as next Monday.

According to an update schedule published by Canadian cellular provider Telus, Nexus 5X and 6P users could be getting their hands on Android 7.0 Nougat on Monday, August 22.

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This date also lines up with the preview program for Korean LG G5 owners.

Now, nothing here is official until Google makes the announcement, but Telus release dates for Android have been spot on in the past, so there's no reason to doubt the company this time around.

Now, Android users probably know how this works. Nexus owners will be the first to get their paws on Nougat via an over-the-air update, while owners of Samsung, Sony, LG, and other hardware will have to wait for the OEM to test and customize the release. And if you have a carrier-branded device, then you may have to wait for them to test it and add their own frills (not to mention bloatware).

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What this means is that even if Nougat is released on Monday, unless you're a Nexus user then you're going to have to wait. How long for? How long's a piece of string? Some of the snappiest OEMs -- such as Motorola -- might push an update out within two months, while Samsung and Sony might take about five months.

But again, if there's carrier involvement, the process could be dragged out indefinitely, and your easiest option could be to just buy a new handset.

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