After 5 months of Android N developer previews, Google today finally dropped the final release of Android Nougat on us.
The official name for this version is Android 7.0 Nougat, and this exact version will start rolling out to Nexus devices, the Pixel C, and the General Mobile 4G today. Before Google started making developer previews of their next versions of Android there was a real sense of excitement at the time of the release. But since we already know this version in and out, it isn’t really surprising anymore.
To be a bit more exact about which devices are getting the update to Android N today or in the following weeks, I’ve made a list of all the devices which will be receiving the update:
- Nexus 6
- Nexus 5X
- Nexus 6P
- Nexus 9
- Nexus Player
- Pixel C
- General Mobile 4G
All other Nexus devices not mentioned in this post won’t receive the upgrade to Android Nougat, and all others out there walking around with their Non-Nexus devices will need to wait until their OEM decides to push a build to their phone / tablet, if it’s even going to receive the upgrade. Android Nougat seems to be a small upgrade coming from Marshmallow, but there are a lot of things changed which you may not know about:
- 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.
LG brings the first device with Android 7.0 Nougat out of the box
While reading this you may want to know about the new Nexus devices. Sadly, there aren’t any Nexus devices we can talk about right now. And Google even announced on their website that the upcoming LG V20 will be the first device with Android 7.0 Nougat out of the box.
The OTA update for Android 7.0 Nougat will be rolling out in the coming weeks. And it may even take a bit longer if you’ve got a specific carrier SIM inserted. All Nexus devices and the Pixel C + General Mobile will receive the OTA notifications if they’re either running stock Android Marshmallow or the N developer preview. As of now it seems like Google is pushing out the update to all devices running the latest developer build, so if you want the latest and greatest from Google that seems to be the way to get it as soon as possible.