The ZTE Axon 7 has become one of the first smartphones to receive Android 7.1.1 Nougat outside of the Google-branded devices. ZTE announced the update rollout via its US blog and detailed the improvements you can expect to find in the new software.

ZTE says that it has updated and optimized the Axon 7’s Daydream VR capabilities — though in what manner isn’t specified — and delivered Google’s gender-equal emojis, while Axon 7 owners on T-Mobile can now send and receive calls and text messages over Wi-Fi. Further, the upgrade includes Google’s security patches for February as well as other “miscellaneous” updates and improvements.

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March 7, 2017

It’s not a huge and impactful list of changes, but bear in mind that the Axon 7 was updated to Android Nougat from Android Marshmallow little over a month ago. Though that update was slightly late on its January deadline, ZTE has worked fast to produce this new build so soon after.

Meanwhile, OnePlus also recently announced that it is rolling out Android 7.1.1 to its latest flagships.

ZTE says you can visit your Axon 7’s Settings > System Update page to download the new software, but it might take a few days to appear. Read our full ZTE Axon 7 review at the link.

Scott Adam Gordon
Scott Adam Gordon is a European correspondent for Android Authority. Originally from the UK, Scott has been tinkering with Android phones since 2011 and writing about them full-time since 2014. He now lives in Berlin with three roommates he never sees. Befriend him on Twitter and Google+ at the links.
  • R Bharath Kumar

    Are You Serious?
    February Patch Lol
    Oneplus is giving March patch for Op3 and 3T…

    Oneplus Dope

    • 40jimlloyd40

      I have the Axon 7 and the story is incorrect. I received the March security patch along with 7.1.1.

      • Frank Perez

        Same here

      • R Bharath Kumar

        If it’s March then it’s good
        Bro

    • MiMtnBiker

      Sorry to burst your One+ bubble, pal, but it is the March 1st security patch for the A7.

      • R Bharath Kumar

        It’s the article mistake not mine
        I haven’t criticized anyone
        Actually I like the ZTE axon 7 for it’s design and sound and screen
        And the packing is dope

        But I didn’t liked them for not giving latest patch along with the new update that is why I commented on that

        AA should look into what they were writing in their article

  • S.L Jones

    Hopefully this fixes my camera focus which was broken with the last update… This phone had been pretty awesome until then…. Barring minor problems

    • TexasMadeJ ✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

      Hopefully it does correct your camera focusing issues. If it doesn’t, are you able to return/exchange it? My Axon 7 has been great in the 5 months I’ve had it, no problems thus far and great performance all the way around.

      • S.L Jones

        I don’t want to exchange it because the unit had been pretty flawless up until that point and actually fixed some of the minor issues I was having before the update, of course now I have the major focusing issues. And I know they have a great warranty (I think 2 years) but I’ll have to send it in, I don’t really have a backup cuz I sold my V10, so I’m hoping the update fixes it

        • Zade

          I sent it in and it still has the focusing issue not as often though hopefully the update fixed it

  • TexasMadeJ ✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

    Article is wrong, the security patch is dated March 1, 2017…

  • Michael Krämer

    WTF? US users get the 7.1.1. update and over here in Europe we still don’t get the 7.0 update?

    • Paddy3118

      Agreed. What about the UK!

  • Eric Wang

    While ZTE is making all these improvements to the Axon 7 I’m here pissed off my Axon 7 Mini still has 6.0.1. But then again, not as bad as Lenovo ignoring some of the older Motorola devices

    • Aloof

      Axon 7 isn’t as old as those older Moto though. Still agree with you, as far as US is concerned (for 2015 models).

  • JON @segujer

    good late work thx zte

  • permazorch

    Love my Axon 7 in every respect, but no encryption is starting to really bug me.