Every year a major update to Android is released. This year's update is called Android Nougat, following the theme of dessert-inspired names.

Unlike previous updates, Nougat was first released to developers with a public preview beta programme, meaning early access to the new version of Android. It's now been released to Nexus devices. If you want to know what the Nougat update brings with it, you can read our Android Nougat review with everything you need to know.

Things are a little more complicated already in 2016, because Google subsequently launched the Pixel and Pixel XL devices on Android 7.1, bringing some exclusive features to its own new phones.

Google started rolling out Android 7.0 Nougat to Nexus devices on 22 August. This covered a great number of devices, but it wasn't until early October that the Nexus 6 got in on the action, with that update appearing on 3 October. The LG V20, officially unveiled on 6 September, was the first device to feature Android 7.0 Nougat right out of the box.

Android 7.1 Nougat launched with the Pixel phones on 4 October, with those two devices becoming available on 20 October. Google has subsequently confirmed the Android 7.1 beta programme, which started on 19 October.

The final release of Android 7.1.x is scheduled for early December. Google has also confirmed it is working with device manufacturers to bring the Nougat update to your devices.

Google started rolling out Android 7.0 Nougat from 22 August. The company confirmed the Nexus 6, Nexus 5X, Nexus 6P, Nexus 9, Nexus Player and Pixel C would all be getting an over-the-air updates, which has happened for Android 7.0 Nougat. The Nexus 5 has been put out to pasture.

Google has started the Android 7.1 beta programme, bringing Daydream VR support and other goodies to devices prior to full release and that started on 19 October. The Nexus 5X, Nexus 6P and Pixel C can all get access to Android 7.1 now.

The beta programme will extend to other devices in November, when you can expect to give it a try on your Nexus 6 and Nexus 9.

Google has also confirmed that the Android 7.1.x final release is due in early December, when all the eligible Nexus devices will update - including the Nexus 6, Nexus 5X, Nexus 6P, Nexus 9, Pixel C, Pixel and Pixel XL - and some Android One devices.

BlackBerry is all about Android now. The BlackBerry Priv launched on Android Lollipop and it took six months to see an update to Marshmallow.

With a bit of luck BlackBerry will speed things up for Android Nougat but early 2017 is probably more likely than the end of 2016.

HTC operates a 90-day promise for software updates and the company also says your device will be updated for two years following its release.

It has confirmed via Twitter that it has received the "final shipping Android 7.0 Nougat software" and that it expects to roll out to begin in Q4. HTC has said Android Nougat will be coming to unlocked models of the HTC 10, HTC One A9 and the HTC One M9, as well as carrier versions.

There was no mention of the One M8 but expect Android Nougat on HTC around the end of November 2016. If Google releases the additional code for 7.1, HTC may well move to bring all of it to those HTC handsets, or might just be offering 7.0.

Huawei began offering Android Marshmallow devices from November 2015 when it launched its Mate 8 with the software pre-loaded. This might therefore mean the company will do the same this year, launching the Mate 9 with Android Nougat before the end of the year.

In terms of updates, it might be a couple more months before older devices see the Nougat update but Huawei is a little quicker than others. We can't be sure if Huawei will offer 7.1 Nougat, but the company already offers one of the 7.1 additions - a swipe action on the fingerprint scanner.

Sub-brand of Huawei, Honor, launched the Honor 7 Enhanced Edition in December 2015, offering Android Marshmallow from the box.

The Honor 5X and the standard model of the Honor 7 then both received the Marshmallow update a couple of months later around March so early 2017 for Android Nougat is a safer bet than end of 2016. Like Huawei, Honor already offers a swipe action on the fingerprint scanner, one of the features of Android 7.1.

LG was one of the first manufacturers to deliver the Marshmallow update, with G4 users in Poland getting it from mid-October 2015. The main push for Europe then came in November 2015, continuing to March 2016 when the G3 received the Marshmallow update.

With this in mind, chances are LG G5 owners will see an Android Nougat update within a couple of months of the final build release, perhaps before 2016 is out. Users with older handsets like the LG G4 may have to wait a few more months but early 2017 is plausible based on this year's update schedule.

The company also launched the LG V20 on 6 September, which is the company's first device running Android 7.0 Nougat and the first device to launch with the new software out of the box. However, with Android 7.1 now in the mix, it's unclear which version will be arriving with LG handset owners.

In the past, Motorola was amongst the fastest to update devices, but that hasn't been the case for Nougat. The company has gone official, however, confirming a wide number of handsets that will be updated

  • Moto G (4th Gen)
  • Moto G Plus (4th Gen)
  • Moto G Play (4th Gen)
  • Moto X Pure Edition (3rd Gen)
  • Moto X Style
  • Moto X Play
  • Moto X Force
  • Droid Turbo 2
  • Droid Maxx 2
  • Moto Z
  • Moto Z Droid
  • Moto Z Force Droid
  • Moto Z Play
  • Moto Z Play Droid
  • Nexus 6

The new Moto Z and Moto G4 will be the first on the list, with updates from Q4 2016. It's not clear if this will be Android 7.0 or 7.1, but the testing on the Moto G4 has already started testing with a small number of users in Brazil.

OnePlus hasn't been the fastest at updating its devices to Marshmallow. The OnePlus 2 didn't receive the update until the beginning of June and the OnePlus X is only just about to receive it, meaning it has waited until October.

The company is teasing, however, tweeting on 4 October to tell owners that it is working on the Nougat update for the OnePlus 3. 

Samsung phased a roll-out for the Marshmallow update, with some devices receiving it in South Korea at the end of January 2016. Other regions and devices had to wait a little longer with updates still being pushed in March 2016.

With so many devices to update, Samsung tends to be a little slower. At the moment, the company hasn't committed to a timeline, but it's thought that the Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 edge will be updated to the Grace UX - as found on the Note 7. That update might incorporate the 7.1 Nougat update too.

However, the T-Mobile network has confirmed some Samsung devices that will be updated, including: Note 5, S6, S6 edge, S7 and S7 edge.

Sony has announced it will make Android Nougat available to the Xperia Z3+, Xperia Z4 Tablet, Xperia Z5, Xperia Z5 Compact, Xperia Z5 Premium, Xperia X, Xperia XA, Xperia XA Ultra and Xperia X Performance.

The company said the update would come to devices "as quickly as we can" and a press conference held by Sony Slovakia detailed roughly when. Apparently, the Sony Xperia XZ and Z Performance will be first and users can expect the update in October 2016, followed by the Xperia X and X Compact in November 2016.

The Xperia Z5 series, Z3+ and Z4 Tablet are expected to receive the update in December 2016, while the Xperia XA and XA Ultra are last on the list with a date of "early 2017".