Android 7.0 “Nougat” was the 7th much-awaited version of the Android operating system, officially rolled out in India on this 22nd August by Google. The version has brought notable changes in the operating system & and its development platform. A redefined OS reaching more than halfway through the alphabet with names, at letter 14 of 26.
It has plethora of features like new mode “split-screen display” or the “multi-window mode” wherein two apps can be snapped simultaneously to occupy halves of the screen, Redesigned notification shade, Allowing inline replies to notifications, “Data Saver” mode, Quick Switch feature, New quick settings menu, Bundled notifications, Doze Mode 2.0, Launcher Shortcuts feature and lots more.
We can hear you out there screaming, “When is Android Nougat update coming to my phone?!” the answer to it is if you’ve got a recent flagship phone, well then you are placed top in the preference ladder by Google. As each manufacturer can take some time to tweaking the updates which is obvious.
The devices which gets the first Nougat update are Nexus devices like Nexus 6P, Nexus 5X, Nexus 6, Nexus 9, Google Pixel C, Nexus Player or an Android One. Second in the priority ladder stands Xperia Z3+, Xperia Z4 Tablet, Xperia Z5, Xperia Z5 Compact, Xperia Z5 Premium, Xperia X, Xperia XA, Xperia XA Ultra and Xperia X Performance. A new model LG V20 will be entering the markets soon which will be the first Nougat Android smartphone.
HTC has assured it will be bringing Android Nougat to the HTC 10, One A9 and One M9, although there’s no certain tentative deadline yet. It’s rolling out now, and you’ll get the new software in the “coming few weeks”, according to Google. If you have a smartphone or tablet from another manufacturer, the wait is likely to take some more time.
Meanwhile, Samsung hasn’t yet announced Nougat on the Galaxy Note 7 and probably will be ready within the next two to three months whereas Motorola has also assured Android Nougat update for Moto G4 Plus very soon.
As reported by Google, Android Nougat will provide its biggest step forward in graphics with the introduction of “Vulkan“, giving game developers much-needed control of the GPU. It is going to result simply in even better graphics and smoother, faster performance & longer battery life.
There’s also been some Android runtime improvements & tweaking, including optimisations to the JIT compiler which is said to increase the task speed between 30%-600% as compared to the previous version. With Android Nougat updates are more seamless enabling security updates automatically downloaded and a simple, fresh boot up of your device will be observed.
Other features of Android Nougat are file-based encryption, Do not disturb feature, New settings menu, Quick switching apps, Editing the DPI and Font size feature, Vulkan API, Advanced File Manager, JIT Compiler, Virtual Reality mode, System UI Tuner enabled, Quick Settings, Notification prioritisation and Direct boot. Adding to that, Android N will bring support for Unicode 9 & also the introduction of 72 new emojis including various skins.
To conclude Android Nougat is all about extending functionality, improving pre-existing features and further expanding next technological breakthroughs possible in stock Android.