Google made some big changes to the way it handled Android 7.0 Nougat, including letting developers in on the fun much sooner than normal, letting Android fans have a crack at naming the update, and now releasing the factory images for that software a bit later than usual.
Yesterday Google officially began rolling out Android 7.0 Nougat to select devices. It’s an over-the-air (OTA) update, so not every eligible device out in the wild will receive the new software immediately. That’s where factory images come in.
Now Google has started to release those factory images. To start, the Android 7.0 factory images are available for the Nexus 9 (Wi-Fi), the Nexus Player, and Google’s Pixel C tablet. It’s a bit of a bummer that the newer Nexus smartphones aren’t a part in the first wave of factory images, but it probably won’t take long before they’re available.
For those who want to use the command line to upgrade and bypass the standard OTA update process, the factory images make that measurably easier. You’ll wipe your device when you flash a factory image, though, so do be aware of that.
Have you updated to Android 7.0 Nougat yet?