• Android 7.0 Nougat

Android 7.0 Nougat (Photo : YouTube/Android)

Android flagships that debuted in 2016 have been getting their share of Google's latest mobile OS treat or Android Nougat but not the version 7.1.1 that already dropped for the Pixel and Pixel XL smartphones. Samsung's Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge, the HTC 10 and the virtual twins OnePlus 3 and OnePlus 3T all recently jumped to version 7.0 though the bump up was far from a smooth sailing.

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Though in Samsung's case, moving up to Nougat from Marshmallow was essentially a walk in the park so far, due largely to the approach taken by the South Korean tech giant of first subjecting the OS upgrade on a beta route. SamMobile reported that the Nougat beta program for the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge was scheduled to end on January 17, which should mark the deployment start of the latest Android build.

But the company decided to push the release button days ahead of schedule, a move that the same report said will benefit early beta testers. So before the 17th of the month, a considerable number of S7 and S7 Edge owners should be getting the Nougat treatment for the Galaxy S flagship device and as noted by SamMobile, the update file weighs around 215MB.

Changes to expect are usual security, bugs and stability fixes plus additional features such as a fresh user interface. For the majority of Sammy fans on the S7 and S7 Edge, Android 7.0 should be ready to download starting today.

The same goes for HTC mobile device users, specifically those rocking the HTC One A9 and the 2016 flagship HTC 10. WCCFTech reported that Nougat 7.0 is technically ready for these two Android models but the latter will have hold off for now.

"HTC had to halt the Nougat update rollout for the HTC 10 in Germany. The reason behind the stop is an unknown bug that hinders the deployment of the update," the same report said, adding that re-deployment is likely to happen in early February.

Thankfully users of the HTC One A9 are luckier as HTC announced this week that "we have received technical approval on the Nougat OS update, and OTA will begin tonight." WCCFTech noted on its report that the announcement was made January 16 via Twitter.

And owners of the OnePlus 3 and the enhanced OnePlus 3T are practically in the same boat with HTC 10 users. Nougat 7.0 for them proved a dud for now. In the case of the OnePlus 2016 flagship phones, it looked like that OnePlus rushed the Android update rollout just so to fulfill its vow of delivering the bump before the end of 2016.

True Android 7.0 or OxygenOS 4.0.1 was delivered as promised but as it turned out "to stay true to its words ... the company resorted to pushing the buggy version," WCCFTech reported. A fix though or version 4.0.2 should be out in the next few weeks.