Android Nougat: Update Rolled Out To Sony Xperia XA, Moto G4 Play, Galaxy Tab S2 And Multiple Chromebooks

Android Nougat Update Now Rolling Out To Sony Xperia XA

Sony is now rolling out the Android 7.0 Nougat update to several models of the Sony Xperia XA. This update comes a few days after the Japanese electronics giant released the Android Nougat update to the Sony Xperia XA Ultra. The models of the Sony Xperia XA that will receive the Android Nougat update include the single SIM models F3111, F3113, and F3115, and dual SIM models F3112 and F3116.

Owners of the Sony Xperia XA should expect a notification stating that the update is now available anytime soon. However, users who want to update their devices now may try checking for the update manually, and then download it once the device confirms that an update is already available. The usual reminders for updating the Android operating system should still be observed when downloading the update for the Sony Xperia XA. For example, it is important to make sure that the phone’s battery has sufficient charge to power the device throughout the update process. It is also advisable that the update is downloaded through Wi-Fi since major Android updates usually have large file sizes and in turn, may consume a substantial portion of data allocation if downloaded through mobile data. While there is no word on the actual file size of the Android Nougat update for the Sony Xperia XA, it is likely to exceed more than 1GB. Given the size of the update, it is also important to ensure that the device’s internal storage has sufficient space for the update.

The Android 7.0 Nougat update brings many new features to the operating system. Some of these new features improve the device’s user experience like the addition of multi-window support and app shortcuts. The multi-window support is native to the Android operating system, so more applications can now be used in a split-screen. Meanwhile, there are also improvements made to the doze mode that could potentially improve the device’s battery life. In addition to these new and improved features, it is likely that the manufacturer also updated the device’s firmware and built-in applications. However, Sony has yet to disclose what those improvements actually are.

Android 7.1.1 Nougat rollout kicks off for the Moto G4 Play

Lenovo hinted two months ago that an Android Nougat update for the Moto G4 Play would be rolled out sometime in June. Well, it looks like the Chinese company kept its promise, as many Moto G4 Play owners report they have successfully captured the update on their smartphones.

The first country to get the update is Brazil, but Moto G4 Play users in other regions should expect to receive Android 7.1.1 Nougat in the coming weeks as well.

According to the official changelog, the update weighs in at around 640MB and, aside from the usual Android Nougat new features and improvements, contains the June security patch, the newest released by Google.

Moto G4 Play owners living in Brazil who haven’t been notified on the update can manually check for it by heading to Settings / About phone / Software updates.

On a side note, the Moto G4 Play could be in the cards for another major Android OS update since it made its debut on the market less than a year ago. It remains to be seen what plans Motorola has for customers who purchased its entry-level smartphone.

Android Nougat Hitting Galaxy Tab S2 9.7 On AT&T’s Network

AT&T started pushing out the Android 7.0 Nougat update to all Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 9.7 units on its network, as evidenced by the company’s official support pages for the device that were updated at some point in the last 24 hours. The update is rolling out for both the T817A and T818A model, i.e. the Wi-Fi-only and 4G LTE-enabled variant of the tablet. The former is now receiving a software package that’s just over 1.1GB in size, while the latter is being updated with a slightly larger build that weighs around 1.15GB. Both Samsung and the second largest mobile service provider in the United States are recommending owners of the Galaxy Tab S2 9.7 (T818A) to download the update over a stable Wi-Fi connection in order to avoid eating into their monthly data cap. Likewise, users should make sure they have enough free storage space on their tablets and either leave them to charge during the installation procedure or initialize the download with at least 50 percent of battery left.

The Dallas, Texas-based wireless carrier is the third telecom giant in the country to roll out the Android Nougat update for the Galaxy Tab S2 9.7 lineup, with Verizon and T-Mobile already distributing the same software package to their subscribers earlier this month. Owners of the unlocked variants of the tablets should all be running Nougat by now and anyone who isn’t is encouraged to search for the update manually by launching the system Settings app, opening the “About device” section, and tapping the “Download software updates” option on the following screen. The same procedure can be used for searching for new software on AT&T’s Galaxy Tab S2 9.7 models, but with the wireless carrier only starting the Android Nougat rollout, the package likely won’t be available in all parts of the country until next week.

Apart from a broad range of new features and performance optimizations that ship with all builds of Android 7.0 Nougat, AT&T bundled the upgrade with the May Android Security Update, the company said. Both of the firm’s Galaxy Tab S2 9.7 variants are expected to continue receiving security patches in the coming months, though it remains to be seen whether they will also get updated to Android O at some point next year.

Multiple Chromebooks Are Receiving Android Nougat Updates

Multiple Chromebooks are receiving Android Nougat updates according to a recent report, and it seems the updates are varying across the stable, beta, and developer channels which would mean that there likely isn’t a rhyme or reason to Google’s methods for pushing out the updates. So far, Android Nougat is said to have shown up for at least three different Chromebooks that didn’t have it before, and this includes the ASUS Chromebook Flip C302, the Lenovo Chromebook Flex 11, and the Acer Chromebook 14.

All three of these Chromebooks are listed as having the Android Nougat software while being on totally different channel builds of Chrome OS. The ASUS Chromebook Flip C302 is said to have received an update to the Chrome OS software on the beta channel which came along with Android 7.1.1 Nougat, while the Lenovo Chromebook Flex reportedly has Android Nougat via an update that came through on the developer channel, and lastly the Acer Chromebook 14 is said to have received a software update on the stable channel that came along with Android 7.1.1 Nougat.

While details of the software for the Lenovo Chromebook Flex 11 and ASUS Chromebook Flip C302 aren’t pictured, screenshots of the Acer Chromebook 14 can be seen below which display the device being on the stable channel and having Android 7.1.1 Nougat software. Coming along with the bump to Nougat seems to be Play Store access which means that once all Chromebooks start receiving the update to their Chrome OS software that comes with Android Nougat, if they don’t already have access to the Play Store for use with Android apps then they should gain it through the software update. It’s worth noting that these updates are only seemingly being pushed out on a limited basis at the moment, and only the Acer Chromebook 14 looks to have received it on the stable channel when it comes to the three Chromebooks that were mentioned as getting updates. Since Nougat is showing up for Chromebooks on the beta and dev channels as well, there is no telling how long it will take for those Chromebooks and any others to get Nougat on the stable channel.

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