Google has made available the much anticipated Android OS v7 aka Nougat yesterday. Google has officially began its roll out to its Nexus devices and will soon be available to other Android devices in the coming months.
Android OS v7 aka Nougat is the latest Android mobile operating system. Like it should, it comes with new and improved featured to give it’s users a exciting experience.
if you’re reading this, it’ll of your interest to know what makes up the Nougat. Therefore, below are the main features of Android 7.0 widely know as Nougat.
Notable Features of Android 7.0 Nougat
Android Nougat and Virtual Reality
Virtual Reality comes along Android Nougat. The Play Store, StreetView, Photos, YouTube and Play Movies will all support VR, allowing you to jump into games, locations and videos – all via Google’s Daydream VR platform.
Daydream is due to be released later and isn’t in the Android N update yet.
Virtual reality and Android Nougat will alow you to jump into apps, games and locations whiles feeling you’re in them.
Android Nougat also comes with improved multi-tasking capabilities. You can now be able to open more than one app at once on your Nougat phone or tablet thanks to its multi-window support.
This feature isn’t new to Samsung and LG smartphones since it can be found on them. And now Google brings it to its software.
All running apps can also be closed together using a “Clear All” which can be found at the top of the multi-tasking menu.
Directly Reply Notifications
You can now also reply to new messages or notifications directly from the notification bar. You wouldn’t have to close a running app to reply to your incoming notifications.
Grouped / bundled notifications
And you need not worry about one app eating up the entire notification bar. Google says all notifications from a single app will be grouped together as one.
These grouped notifications can be expanded to see individual notifications that awaits you by tapping the all new expansion button.
Much more, you can long press a notification to either silence future notifications or turn it off completely.
More battery life with Doze Mode 2.0
Doze mode was first introduced / was a battery feature feature of Android 6.0 Marshmallow. Android Nougat is boosting it’s battery saving capabilities by expanding / widening up Doze Mode so that it can thoroughly limits background tasks whenever the screen is turned off.
So you now put your phone to sleep whiles sure of having even more battery when you wake it up.
Performance and Security
As we all expect, Google says Android Nougat comes with performance leap forwards. The introduction of Vulkan will give game developers greater control of the GPU. That in turn will result in even better graphics and a smoother, faster performance.
Again, if you’ve downloaded apps from other sources outside of Google Play Store, you’ll now be able to identify where the app came from by going into your Settings, App Info and then Package Installer.
With security, there’s extra security additions such as file-based encryption and Direct boot to help your device start up faster while running your apps.
And even more fancier, Android N brings support for Unicode 9 which among other things will see the introduction of 72 new emoji.
When will I get Nougat? Will my device get Nougat?
Not so soon and not too long. For now, Nougat is available for selected Google Nexus devices. Nexus devices are always the first to receive new Android OS updates. If you have a Nexus 6P, Nexus 5X, Nexus 6, Nexus 9, Google Pixel C, Nexus Player or an Android One device you’ll soon get the upgrade.
If you have none of that but have a recent flagship phone or tablet from a well-known maker such as Sony, Samsung, HTC, LG or Motorola, it’s likely you’ll see the update rolled out within the first few months of 2017.
There are rumours that Samsung Galaxy Note 7 maybe one of the the first non-Nexus device to get the update. And I think it should whiles LG V20 becomes the first phone to run Nougat out of the box.