It turns out LG may actually beat Google to delivering a phone with Nougat first out of the gate. Rumors are the LG V20 will launch in September and come with Android 7.0. LG has a mixed record when it comes to updates. They usually deliver for their most recent top-of-the-line phones, often after a limited test in a small region like Poland. We’ll let you know as we start to get more solid information.
In terms of current models, there’s a good chance the LG G5 and V10 should get Nougat, as the company went a couple of generations back to deliver Marshmallow to the G3. If you’re still holding onto that one, however, there’s a decent chance you won’t get Nougat as it’s outside the typical 18-month update window that a lot of manufacturers and carriers pledge.
Outside of the hardware innovation we saw with the Moto Z, there isn’t much in the Lenovo acquisition that gives us confidence about rapid updates for the Z Droid and Z Droid Force, which are currently Verizon exclusives (a non-Verizon, unlocked version of the Moto Z is to come later). Also, the company recently declined to commit to the monthly security update cycle, which isn’t great news. The upside is the software is pretty close to stock Android with a few add-ons, but you may be in for a wait to get Nougat.
Motorola has other phones, namely the Moto X Pure Edition and Moto G4, which is the latest in the budget lineup. We expect to see Nougat updates for those, so the best advice is to keep an eye on the Motorola blog for announcements.
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