The much anticipated Android update has started to roll out! Google has made Android 7.0 Nougat official and it will find its way to Nexus devices soon. The update is currently rolling out for the Nexus 6, Nexus 5X, Nexus 6P and tablets like the Nexus 9 and the Pixel C. The people favourite Nexus 5 sadly loses out on this delicious dessert.
Android Nougat gets a new bunch of features like Multi-Window that allows users to keep two apps running simultaneously on the screen. Quick Switch, this allows users to toggle between the last 2 used apps quickly by double tapping the overview button. The entire notification shade has got an overall along with quick toggles that will allow users to change settings easily. Another feature called Quick Reply allows users to reply from the notification pane without opening the app. While these are some main user end changes, the update also introduces new emoji support with the total count standing in at 1500.
Android Nougat claims to improve battery performance over Marshmallow with the improved Doze function. The system will now go into battery saving mode quicker and maintain state while in your pocket or purse. Google has also made some core level tweaks to the OS by providing File Level Encryption that helps to isolate and secure individual files. Direct Boot allows the device to quickly boot up and launch apps securely even before unlocking the device. Nougat also brings Vulcan APIs which should help the OS deliver better gaming experience than before. Daydream is yet another feature added to bring native VR (Virtual Reality) to the platform.
Google also announced the LG V20 as the first device to come with Android Nougat out of the box. The staged update will start rolling out to Nexus users based on location, while preview users get a smaller update file to get it to the stable version.
Get Nougat Now!
If you are the impatient kind, here is how you can get Android Nougat instantly.
- Go to www.android.com/beta and log into the Gmail ID signed into your Nexus device.
- Click Enrol Device
- Your Nexus device will now get a notification of a software update. If not, got to Settings> About Phone> System updates and click Check for Update
- You’ll receive a software update to Android Nougat, file size is roughly 1.1GB
- This will update your Nexus to the stable version of Android Nougat
- Users can choose to opt out of Beta by repeating steps 1 & 2 (Unenrol Device)
- The device will still be on Android Nougat (NRD90M), tested on my Nexus 6P.