The ZTE Axon 7 was announced in May of last year with plenty of hyperboles over its BMW Designworks-inspired look, renowned pianist Lang Lang endorsement, and Dolby Atmos surround sound. In reality, the phone was very good, bar its software as Ryan discovered in his review. But ZTE has been issuing updates to improve some of the shortcomings, like the signal reception and the weird notification bell. Today, another update will start rolling to the Axon 7, though this one is a lot more major.

This is Android Nougat we're talking about, and with it come a host of changes like multi-window support, customizable quick settings tiles, plenty of new emojis, and more. Also in tow for existing and future Axon 7 owners is Daydream compatibility. Yup, you can now slide your Axon 7 into a Daydream headset and play all the games or watch all the movies until your battery dies or your phone overheats. Here's the detailed changelog:

  • Release Notes Available Below:
  • Android OS Upgraded from 6.0.1 to 7.0
  • Axon 7 2017U is Now Daydream Ready! Get a Daydream View to experience VR today.
  • Camera RAW Implemented in Manual Mode and Enhanced Auto-Focus for Camera.
  • Google Security Patch Updated to December 2016
  • Various Device Stability and Security Improvements.
  • Hiya Caller ID/Blocking added to default dialer.
  • Miscellaneous Performance Improvements and other Enhancements.
  • NOTE: Manual Restart Required After Upgrading.

The Axon 7 is joining the Pixels, Moto Z family, Huawei Mate 9 Pro, and upcoming ASUS Zenfone AR in being Daydream compatible. And according to ZTE's press release, you won't have to wait long for the update: it should be going live today. So you can start checking your phone for it and maybe order a discounted $49 Daydream viewer from the Google Store while the deal is valid.

  • Thanks:
  • Jeff Wassel

Press Release

Android Nougat and Daydream by Google Available Now for the ZTE Axon 7

The Axon 7 becomes the most affordable Daydream-ready phone in the U.S.

RICHARDSON, Texas--(BUSINESS WIRE)--ZTE USA, the fourth largest smartphone supplier in the U.S. and second largest in the no-contract market,* today announced that both Android Nougat and Daydream are available now for its award-winning Axon 7smartphone. With these updates, the ZTE Axon 7 continues to deliver the best value of any flagship smartphone on the market today.

“Delivering Android Nougat for the Axon 7 provides consumers with an enhanced experience and greater value when purchasing this flagship device,” said Lixin Cheng, chairman and CEO of ZTE USA. “Also, with Daydream certification, consumers are now able to have an immersive VR experience at a price they can afford when paired with the Daydream View headset.”

The release of Android N provides Axon 7 users with the ability to personalize the device like never before. With added capabilities at their fingertips such as the ability to run two apps side by side, save battery power while on the go, and express themselves through added emojis, Axon 7 continues to provide a flagship experience at a price that is unbeatable.

As one of the first companies to support Daydream, Google’s platform for high quality, mobile virtual reality, the Axon 7 is now Daydream-ready. With its powerful audio and visual capabilities, the Axon 7 provides an immersive VR experience and is the most affordable Daydream-ready phone in the U.S.

Since the Axon 7 launched in the U.S. in July 2016, members of Z-Community have helped provide insight into what consumers want to see updated in the device. For a full list of phone specifications and features visit www.zteusa.com/Axon7.

*Strategy Analytics, Q3 2016

About ZTE USA

ZTE USA (www.zteusa.com), headquartered in Richardson, Texas, is a subsidiary of ZTE Corporation, a global provider of mobile devices, telecommunication systems, and enterprise solutions. Operating since 1998, ZTE USA is dedicated to making cost-efficient, quality communication technology accessible to all. ZTE is ranked by independent industry analysts as the fourth-largest supplier of mobile devices in the U.S. overall, and second-largest supplier of prepaid devices.

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