Android Nougat has officially dropped and now the wait begins. If you're the impatient type, however, you can skip ahead and download the latest Android hotness right now. This year, you have a few more options than usual if you can't wait to get Nougat on your Nexus device:
- Enroll in the Android Beta program: Google introduced a new Android Beta program that lets you try out the most cutting edge version of Android. Right now, that's Nougat. As the How-To Geek points out, you can enrol in the beta here, download and install Nougat, then promptly leave. Normally, leaving the beta will wipe your phone, but as long as you only download the final build that's rolling out right now, you should be fine.
- Flash a Nougat OTA Update: If you're comfortable with ADB and fastboot, you can flash an OTA (over-the-air) update to upgrade your device without wiping anything or enrolling in the beta program. You can check out our guide here to walk you through the process. Android Police has a handy roundup of the Nougat OTA packages here.
- Flash a Nougat factory image: If you'd prefer to start from scratch on a new version of Android, you can flash new factory images for Nexus devices to your device. This isn't strictly necessary just for an update, but if you're used to flashing factory images, Android Police has another helpful roundup here.
Between these three methods, everyone should be able to find something they're comfortable trying to skip the line. If you'd rather wait, the update should roll out over the next few weeks, so it might be a while.