ZTE Axon 7
ZTE Axon 7 will support Google Daydream post Android Nougat update. The ZTE Axon 7 is displayed at their stand at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain, Feb. 24, 2016. REUTERS/Albert Gea

The ZTE Axon 7 is now receiving the Android 7.1.1 Nougat update and is the first device outside of Google’s Pixel and Nexus lines to get this version of the software. Users should receive the software wirelessly but can also access the software update through their device’s settings. Best for installation is a fully charged handset and a Wi-Fi connection.

With Android 7.1.1 Nougat the ZTE Axon 7 receives compatibility with Google’s Daydream VR protocol. Users should be able to pair the Axon 7 with Google’s Daydream VR headset.

Also on the Android 7.1.1 changelog for the ZTE Axon 7 is T-Mobile Wi-Fi Calling support, emoji and gif keyboard updates and Google’s February security update.

The Axon 7 features a 5.5-inch-QHD display, Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 chip, 4GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage, a 20-megapixel camera rear camera and 8-megapixel front camera, a 3,140mAh battery and a USB-C port. Variants include a 5.2-inch display model and a model with a 6-inch display, 6GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage. The affordable premium device sells for around $450.

Now that the ZTE Axon 7 has updated to Android 7.1.1 more manufacturers may start sending this software version to their devices instead of Android 7.0. Samsung was expected to update the Galaxy S7 to Android 7.1.1 but opted for the earlier version.

Google is currently beta testing Android 7.1.2 and may officially release the software April 7. Android 7.1.2 may be the native software for devices including the Galaxy S8.