At last, the long awaited update is here. What am I babbling about? Nougat is here. No, not a new type of dessert, Android 7.0 Nougat. Yes, that’s right. Google has now begun rolling out the official version to its latest Android operating system.
As we said in an article before, Android 7.0 Nougat will supposedly give you better battery life, a host of new multitasking features and also a bunch of new emoji.
But before you dash away and mash the “Check for Updates” button on your smartphone, There’s a few things you should note.
The initial devices to get the Android 7.0 Nougat update will be Google’s own Nexus 6, Nexus 5X, Nexus 6P and General Mobile 4G handsets as well as the Pixel C and Nexus 9 tablets and the Nexus Player set-top box. Sadly, the Venerable Nexus 5 made by LG despite still being a popular phone has not made the list. Let us just offer a moment of silence for all owners of the Nexus 5 who won’t be getting the official update.
As it is with all major Android updates, the timing of the OTA (over-the-air) update will vary by carrier and also by Manufacturer. According to Google, the update should be arriving within the coming weeks for the Nexus devices though some will get it sooner. In addition, the company has also confirmed that LG’s upcoming flagship-esque V20 will be the first new device to ship with Nougat pre-installed. The rollout for non-Nexus devices from other manufacturers will vary based on carrier and device.
If you already own one of the above mentioned Nexus devices and you have also been using the Developer Preview of Android Nougat, then the final result will look pretty much the same. While much of Android N’s biggest improvements were focused around improving security and performance, features such as full on split-screen mode will help you multi-task on a whole new level by allowing you to run two apps simultaneously and also 72 new emojis will give you even more emotions when texting your friends.
That’s not all though. Under the hood, Google has also been tuning the performance of Android 7.0 Nougat to offer significantly better battery life compared to its predecessors. The Doze feature, initially seen in Android 6.0 Marshmallow last year, will now kick in when your phone is getting shuffled around in a pocket or a bag.
Last, but by no means least, Android Nougat-equipped devices will be a lot more VR friendly. The latest operating system was optimized for Daydream, Google’s upcoming mobile VR platform and built to support better 3D graphics.
If you already own a Nexus device, and haven’t signed up for the Android 7.0 Nougat Beta, you can do so by clicking here. Before you go flashing the update, please do go through all the steps mentioned in the guide to prevent loss of data and the possibility of bricking your device.
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