According to world-famous Android news leaker @evleaks, the next version of Android, Android 7.0 Nougat, will be arriving on August 5, 2016.
The news was announced in a tweet this part Saturday. @evleaks, whose real name is Evan Blass, stated that the update will be bundled as part of the security patch scheduled for release on August 5.
That’s surprisingly early for an Android release. In most cases, Google will announce a new version of their OS in the late spring or early summer as part of their I/O conference, and then they’ll release the final version in October or November after testing different builds all summer long.
Android 7.0 releases next month, with the 8/5 security patch. Sorry Nexus 5 owners, no Nougat for you ?
— Evan Blass (@evleaks) July 30, 2016
With Android 7.0 Nougat, Google appears to have bumped up its release schedule – although it could be simply because Android 7.0 Nougat is significantly smaller than other Android updates.
In any case, Nougat will likely appear on the lineup of new Nexus devices released in fall 2016 – which are currently codenamed Sailfish and Marlin. At the same time, as @evleaks mentioned above, the update will not be available on the Nexus 5 – sorry Nexus 5 users (but at least you have an easy upgrade path after Google announces its new Nexus devices?).
We also know that Android 7.0 Nougat will launch out-of-the-box on the new LG V20, scheduled to be released in September 2016. The V20 is a follow-up to last year’s LG V10, which was released in October 2015).
As with all Android updates, you’re not going to actually get the release on your device for a little while – it will probably take months before your carrier and manufacturer test all their devices and release a finalized build. Still, you might get it sooner than other updates have arrived in the past.