Google IO 2017 Coverage

Samsung reveals which phones and tablets will be updated to Nougat in the first half of 2017

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Unless you own a Pixel or one of the last Nexus devices, a question that runs through your head when Google announces a new version of Android is if your device will receive a firmware update, never mind when. Owners of selected Samsung smartphones and tablets can breathe a small sigh of relief thanks to the Korean manufacturer having revealed which of its devices will be updated to Android 7.0 Nougat during the first half of 2017.

Your unlocked Moto Z, Moto Z Play will get Android 7.0 Nougat over the next two months

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The wait for unlocked devices from the Moto Z family to get Android 7.0 Nougat is almost over, but it won’t be happening in January.

Lenovo is telling owners of the unlocked Moto Z and Moto Z Play when to expect the software update but not when it’ll actually be released. It’s a glimpse of transparency, though, since details surrounding the Moto brand have been light ever since Lenovo bought Motorola in 2014.

Hit the break to see when Nougat is rolling out.

Nexus 6 update to Android 7.1.1 expected in January

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Owners of the Nexus 6 have been watching cautiously to see how long Google is going to continue to support the device now that it is in the window for Google to decide to let it go by the wayside. Those same owners may be particularly tense given the Nexus 6 is currently the oldest device in the stable still getting updates after Google decided to not push out an update to Android 7.0 for the Nexus 5. Some good news surfaced today for Nexus 6 owners as their patience will be rewarded with an update to Android 7.1.1.

TouchWiz gets rebranded as Samsung Experience in latest Nougat beta firmware for Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge

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Samsung opened up its Galaxy Beta Program back in November for the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge, allowing those who signed up to test its beta Nougat firmware ahead of an official release. The electronics giant is rolling out the third update for those enrolled in the program, and it comes with some interesting changes, including a move away from the TouchWiz branding for its user interface.

Unlocked HTC One M9 receives Nougat update, coming to carrier variants early 2017

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Android 7.0 Nougat may have only managed a 0.4% footprint in the latest Android distribution figures, but it should see an increased rate of adoption as OEM’s update their flagships in the coming months. Some brands are quicker than others at updating their handsets, with HTC being one of the better examples. One such case in point is HTC’s announcement earlier that it has begun rolling out the Nougat update to the unlocked HTC One M9.