OEMs and carriers have not completed the rollout of the Android 6.0 Marshmallow update, but it seems Google is not stopping to wait as Android N is just around the corner. According to reports, on top of the Nexus line, Samsung along with HTC and LG will also be in line soon. When will devices get Android N?
Google is slated to release Android N this year. According to reports, if Google will follow its usual tradition, then the software should show up sometime soon following previews and tests. As with previous software releases, Nexus devices should come first before other OEMs.
According to a report from Yibada, Samsung Galaxy, LG and HTC phones should be running on the said firmware by the end of 2016. All devices are expected to run the update by May 2017. At the moment, Samsung still needs to complete the Marshmallow rollout to all its intended devices. HTC was quick to deliver its promise along with LG. However, if memory serves right, there may be delays along the way depending on how Android N will work on the initial devices during beta testing.
According to Know Your Mobile, people can also take note of the Android N update schedule for Nexus to have an estimate on when other devices could get it next:
- March: Android N developer preview 1 (alpha)
- April: Android N developer preview 2 (beta)
- May: Android N developer preview 3 (beta)
- June: Android N developer preview 4 (with final APIs and SDK)
- July: Android N developer preview 5 (near-final build)
- August/September: Final Android 7.0 AOSP build
As mentioned, Nexus is always in line. So following the rollout to the device lineup, other Android devices should have access right after. The schedule also depends on the tweaks and additions manufacturers and carriers do on the software.