The time has come. The sweet Nougat enters the Android world. Google has updated its official Android website introducing various new features and updates that comes to us with the brand new Android 7.0 Nougat OS. The update basically comes to the Nexus devices like Nexus 6P, 5X, 7, 9, Nexus player, and the Pixel C. Currently, Nougat is only available for Nexus series and will soon be available to other devices; LG V20 being the first non-Nexus to get Nougat out of the box. The update, as usual, comes as OTA, which will effortlessly upgrade phone over the air, as well as factory image, to restore Nexus device to complete stock. Update: The Nougat build number has been confirmed as NRD90M from AOSP. Download factory images from below.

Earlier this month we saw August 6.0.1 August security patch level that was a pre-Nougat release update. For Android fanatics, Google also had the option to test the Android 7.0 firmware with the final Nougat developer preview 5 (which can be updated via OTA signup program and Android 7.0 factory image ). Anyway, as seen on the front page of Android official website, Android 7.0 brings tons of new features like emojis, multi-language setting, full multi-window view, quick apps switch, Vulkan API, Doze on the Go, Custom Quick Settings, Notification Direct Reply, Notification Controls, Display Size, Seamless Updates, File-based Encryption, Direct Boot, and much more. You can check out the full list from below. Also see: How to root Android 7.0 Nougat on Nexus and other Android devices.

What’s new with the Android 7.0 Nougat NRD90M firmware?


Expanded emoji: There are now over 1,500 different emoji built into Android, including 72 new ones.

Multi-locale support: Apps can tailor their content based on your locale settings. Meaning, search engines can show results in preffered language.

Quick Settings controls: Quick Settings gives you easy access to things like bluetooth, WiFi and the all-important flashlight.

Multi-window: Run two apps side-by-side. The windows are resizable, too, by simply dragging the divider.

Direct Reply: Reply directly to notifications without having to open any app.

Bundled notifications: See what’s new at a glance with bundled notifications from individual apps. Simply tap to view each alert.

Notification controls: When a notification pops up, just press and hold to toggle the settings. For instance, you can silence future alerts from an app in the notification itself.

Lockscreen wallpaper: You can now have different wallpapers on your device’s homescreen and lockscreen.

Improved Settings navigation: Find the right setting faster with an updated navigation menu in Settings.

Quick Switch: Switch between your two most recently used apps by simply double tapping the Overview button.

Vulkan: Games will now leap to life thanks to high-speed, next-generation graphics — all powered by your device’s multi-core processor.

Daydream: Android Nougat is ready to transport you to virtual worlds with Daydream-ready phones, headsets and controllers — all coming later this year.

Seamless updates: New Android devices with Nougat can install software updates in the background which means you won’t have to wait while your device installs the update and optimizes all your apps for the new version. And for current Nexus users, software updates now install much faster, so you won’t have to wait for minutes while your device reboots.

File-based encryption: Android Nougat can better isolate and protect files for individual users on your device.

Direct Boot: Direct Boot helps your device startup faster, and apps run securely even before you unlock your device when your device reboots.

Improved system backup coverage: More device settings are covered by Android Backup, including accessibility settings, run-time permissions for apps, Wi-Fi hotspot settings and Wi-Fi network restrictions.

Work mode: Work mode allows you to turn on and off your device’s work apps and notifications for a better work, life balance.

Display size: Not only can you change the size of the text on your device, but the size of all the display elements like icons and images.

Check out more from source.

Features and screenshots:

As you can see, there is not much that has been changed in the UI since the final Android N developer preview 5. Just some security patches here and there and a more stable ROM. Google is expected to release the Nougat update today and the OTA may start hitting Nexus devices anytime soon. Meanwhile, you can check the factory images and OTA updates from below.

Download Android 7.0 Nougat OTA update for Nexus

UPDATE: Google developer page started updating OTA and factory images. Check out the links from below. started The Android 7.0 Nougat factory images are now available for Nexus 6P, Nexus 5X, and Pixel C with firmware build NRD90M. Also find the OTA updates from previous Developer Preview 5. Also, users have reported that you can receive the update over the air by signing up for the Android Beta program from here. The new firmware build update for Nexus 6P, Nexus 5X, Nexus 6, Nexus 9 (WiFi and LTE), Nexus Player, Nexus 7 2013 (WiFi and LTE variants), and Pixel C have been listed below.  Only a select devices have received the update. However, due course of time, we will update the build numbers and links here once they are available. So, stay tuned and keep visiting. On the other hand, Nexus 5, still remain on Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow, whereas, Nexus 10, 4, Nexus Q run on Android 5.1.1 Lollipop. If for some reason you have not received the updates over-the-air using Google FOTA service, then here is the OTA and factory image round up for you.

Official Android 7.0 Nougat OTA updates For Nexus:

Here are the direct download links. Check out the official download repository from below.

Download the OTA updates from here. This is from the official Google Developer Page.

Download OTA Capture for Nexus from previous Developer Preview 5

If you are already running the Android 7.0 Nougat Developer Preview 5, then here are the OTA capture for various Nexus devices.

  • Google Nexus 5X – NRD90G to NRD90M (Nougat)
  • Google Nexus 6P – NRD90G to NRD90M (Nougat) – 46 MB
  • Google Pixel C – NRD90G to NRD90M (Nougat)

How to update Nexus to official Android 7.o Nougat via OTA zip files?

Make sure the factory images are for your device by verifying the code name like angler, bullhead, etc. The OTA updates can be installed directly via stock recovery or using the ADB sideload method. For sideload method, first, you need to setup the ADB and Fastboot environment on your PC. Fortunately, we already have the tutorials ready for you. Take a look at how to install OTA updates manually on Nexus devices.

Download Android 7.0 Nougat Factory Images for Nexus

Official Android 7.0 Nougat Factory Images For Nexus:

  • Google Nexus 5X – MTC20F to NRD90M (Nougat) – link below
  • Google Nexus 6 – MOB30W to NRD90M Nougat
  • Google Nexus 6P – MTC20F to NRD90M (Nougat) – link below
  • Google Nexus 7 2013 WiFi – MOB30X to NRD90M Nougat
  • Google Nexus 7 2013 LTE – MOB30X to NRD90M Nougat – link below
  • Google Nexus 9 WiFi – MOB30W to NRD90M Nougat
  • Google Nexus 9 LTE – MOB30W to NRD90M Nougat  – link below
  • Google Nexus Player – MOB30W to NRD90M Nougat
  • Google Pixel C – MXC89L to NRD90M (Nougat) – coming soon
  • Google Nexus 5 – MOB30Y

Download the Factory Images from here. This is from the official Google Developer Page.

How to update Nexus to Android 7.0 Nougat via Factory Image?

To install the Android 7.0 Nougat factory image on your Nexus device, grab the file from above link and head over to the tutorial here: how to install Factory Images on Nexus devices (alternatively, see this tutorial). Factory images will perform a clean installation and restore your device to complete stock. Backup before you proceed. Like and share us on social media. For queries, comment down below or join the forum.

Source: Android official, Developer pagesupport

Follow and Subscribe

Sarang Avatar

One response

  1. mohit patel Avatar
    mohit patel

    Google released final Android 7.1.1 Developer sample 2 for Nexus devices earlier this week. Google will release Android 7.1.1 update to Nexus 6P on December 6.

Leave a Reply

Back to top arrow