Just a few days after Google rolled out its latest major update, Android 7.0 Nougat, to selected Nexus devices last week, US carrier T-Mobile has now announced the nine devices that will be receiving the software update soon. While the actual rollout will probably be months away, given our history with these major updates, it’s still something to look forward to for those who own the mostly Samsung and HTC flagship smartphones. Users will also be able to track the progress of the updates, at least in three general stages.
The first nine devices on the T-Mobile network that will be receiving Nougat are: HTC One M9, HTC 10, Samsung Galaxy Note 5 and Note 7, Galaxy S6, S6 edge, and S6 edge plus, and the Galaxy S7 and S7 edge. They also briefly explained the three stages that are required to bring the software update to fruition. The Manufacturer Development stage is when the carrier and the device manufacturer, in this case HTC and Samsung, have agreed to bring the software update to the specified devices. All of the mentioned smartphones are currently in this stage.
The second stage is T-Mobile Testing, and as the name states, they will be undergoing the certification process testing in order to ensure a quality update. The last stage is when the software has been finally approved and is ready for downloading for the users. The rollout takes a bit of time of course, since it has to go through several processes from Google, the device manufacturer, and the carrier if applicable.
Android 7.0 Nougat’s improvements include a data saver mode to restrict background data for those hungry applications. It also brings an interim doze mode which is in between device standby and the current full doze mode of Android 6.0 Marshmallow. The update will also bring a better notification system as well as split screen multitasking for apps.