Google has officially confirmed the arrival of Android Nougat v7.0 for all the supported devices. It means the latest Android version is finally out of the beta testing which started earlier this year in March. Since then, Google released a total of five developer preview builds and the fifth and last build was made available last month.
As you would expect, Android Nougat will first make its way to the supported Nexus devices which include the Nexus 6P, Nexus 5X, Nexus 6, Nexus 9, Nexus Player, and Pixel C tablet along with General Mobile (Android One). A few lucky ones will start to OTA update notification starting today while the complete roll out will take place in coming weeks. In case you don’t want to wait for the OTA update, you can always download factory image files for your particular Nexus device and flash it manually.
If we go by the history, Google has had a habit of releasing the latest Android version alongside new Nexus devices but this time, it has not done that. In fact, the upcoming LG V20 will be the first Android smartphone to come with Android Nougat straight out of the box.
If you don’t own a Nexus device, you will have to wait for your OEM to deliver an update which can take weeks to even months. Other than this, your only option is to wait for the arrival of some third-party custom ROM based on Android Nougat which again can take some time.
Android Nougat Features:
The latest Android Nougat v7.0 will be bringing a lot of new features and some visual changes which we have seen in the previous developer preview builds. There are more than 1500 emoji with 72 new ones along with the ability to use two or more languages at the same time. Google has also changed Quick Settings panel a little bit while giving you the freedom to move these tiles as per your wish.
Android Nougat supports split-screen feature for using two apps at the same time with ability to resize window as per your wish. While not all apps are compatible with this feature, it is certainly a good addition. You can now directly reply to notifications without opening the app and option to switch between two of the most recently apps by double tapping the Overview/Recent Apps button.
Google has added support for Vulkan API for better graphic performance along with the addition of Daydream, a platform made specifically for virtual reality content.
Another great change is in the way Android handles software updates. Now, all the OTA updates will get installed in the background so that you don’t have to sit idle and wait for the installation as well as for apps to get optimized.