In a surprise move, Google released the latest version of their Android operating system earlier this week.
Codenamed Nougat, the seventh major update of Google's popular mobile operating system, is set to bring notable improvements to the user interface and security of Android devices that will support it.
As is the case with Android updates, the Nexus line of smartphones and tablets will get it first. Expect other devices from other manufacturers like Samsung and Motorola to get it in the next few months.
Models that will get Nougat early include:
- Nexus 6
- Nexus 5x
- Nexus 6P
- Nexus 9
- Pixel C
- Nexus Player
What should users expect with Android 7.0 Nougat? Here's a quick rundown:
- Splitscreen Mode
Nougat brings multi-window views that will allow two apps to run side by side. For example, users can now watch a video while composing a text message. Users can also quickly switch between apps by double tapping the "recent apps" icon.
- Vulkan Graphics
Nougat ushers in Vulkan API support for better 3-D gaming experiences on the go.
- Smarter battery saver
Google improved the battery saving feature Doze in Nougat. With this feature, your Android device will go into low power mode when it's in your pocket or purse.
- Better notification system
Nougat's improved notification system will let users quickly reply to emails and messages within the notification itself, without opening an app. Bundled notifications will also feature more information with a single tap.
- Custom Quick Settings
The drop-down quick settings menu is now customizable. Users can now select which relevant system icons will show up when they swipe down.
Nougat will also usher in Android's virtual reality mode called Daydream in supported devices.
- New emojis
72 new emojis are being introduced including facepalm and bacon.
- Better security
Nougat has security enhancement up its sleeves including background updates for select devices, file-based encryption, and direct boot. It also features OS level security tweaks like memory protection and attack surface reduction.
To learn more about these new features, check out Google's official Nougat page.
How to update
If you have a compatible device and you want to fast-track your update, here's what you could do:
Sign up for the Android Beta Program with your device Google account, enroll your device and join the Beta. After that, your device will soon get an Over-The-Air 7.0 update you can install.
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