Nexus users rejoice! Google has started rolling out their latest version of their mobile OS, Android 7.0 Nougat, to Nexus users all over the world. This comes almost two months after we learned the name of the OS and over 5 months since the first developer preview of what was then Android N came out.
We’ve seen plenty of features surface through the five developer previews of Android Nougat Google released, like multi-window support, new emojis, an improved way of interacting with notifications, a redesigned Quick Settings pane, an improved lock screen, and plenty of stuff found under-the-hood. If you wanna know everything new inside Android 7.0, check out the list below.
- Expanded emoji: There are now over 1,500 different emoji built into Android, including 72 new ones, so go ahead: express yourself.
- Quick Settings controls: Quick Settings gives you easy access to things like bluetooth, WiFi and the all-important flashlight. With Android Nougat, you can actually control what tiles go where, and move ‘em around to fit your needs.
- Multi-locale support: Apps can tailor their content based on your locale settings. So if you speak multiple languages, for instance, then search engines can show results in each of those languages.
- Multi-window: Run two apps side-by-side. The windows are resizable, too, by simply dragging the divider.
- Direct Reply: Reply directly to notifications without having to open any app.
- Bundled notifications: See what’s new at a glance with bundled notifications from individual apps. Simply tap to view each alert.
- Notification controls: When a notification pops up, just press and hold to toggle the settings. For instance, you can silence future alerts from an app in the notification itself.
- Lockscreen wallpaper: You can now have different wallpapers on your device’s homescreen and lockscreen.
- Improved Settings navigation: Find the right setting faster with an updated navigation menu in Settings.
- Quick Switch: Switch between your two most recently used apps by simply double tapping the Overview button.
- Vulkan: Games will now leap to life thanks to high-speed, next-generation graphics — all powered by your device’s multi-core processor.
- Daydream: Android Nougat is ready to transport you to virtual worlds with Daydream-ready phones, headsets and controllers — all coming later this year.
- Seamless updates: New Android devices with Nougat can install software updates in the background which means you won’t have to wait while your device installs the update and optimizes all your apps for the new version. And for current Nexus users, software updates now install much faster, so you won’t have to wait for minutes while your device reboots.
- File-based encryption: Android Nougat can better isolate and protect files for individual users on your device.
- Direct Boot: Direct Boot helps your device startup faster, and apps run securely even before you unlock your device when your device reboots.
- Improved system backup coverage: More device settings are covered by Android Backup, including accessibility settings, run-time permissions for apps, Wi-Fi hotspot settings and Wi-Fi network restrictions.
- Work mode: Work mode allows you to turn on and off your device’s work apps and notifications for a better work, life balance.
- Display size: Not only can you change the size of the text on your device, but the size of all the display elements like icons and images.
The Nexus devices to receive Android Nougat are as follows:
- Nexus 6P
- Nexus 5X
- Nexus 6
- Nexus 9
- Pixel C
- Nexus Player
- General Mobile 4G (Android One)
Each of these devices will receive the update over the air, while any devices enrolled in the Android Beta Program will automatically receive the final version of Nougat via the same method.
Interestingly, Google has confirmed over on the official Android Nougat webpage that the first phone to ship with Android 7.0 will be the LG V20. Of course we already knew this, but it’s nice to hear it straight from the horse’s mouth, if you will.
Unfortunately, the Nexus 7 and LG’s Nexus 5 handset will not receive Android Nougat, meaning the latest update for the devices is Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow. Of course, this makes plenty of sense since the devices were released back in 2013 (the Nexus 7 even had a version of itself made in 2012), however it’s still sad since the devices are so popular. Nonetheless, we’re gonna miss the Nexus 5 and 7 around here. Rest in peace, old friends.
To see if you’ve received Android 7.0 Nougat yet on your device, head over to Settings > About phone > Software Updates. If you do have the update, be sure to have at least 80% battery life and a good, stable Wi-Fi connection before installing. Otherwise, you may have serious problems with the installation process.
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