Just as we previously anticipated, Google finally took off the remaining wraps of the new Android 7.0 Nougat and as expected, the first one to take the new mobile operating system are those from the Nexus line of devices but be reminded though that this version of Android wont be support the entire lineup and Google is pretty much specific on which devices under the Nexus line and on selected Android One initiative to take the bite on the new OS.
For the new Android 7.0 Nougat, the following Google devices are supported:
- LG Nexus 5X
- Huawei Nexus 6P
- Motorola Nexus 6
- HTC Nexus 9
- Asus Nexus Player
- Google Pixel C
- General Mobile 4G
The new operating system take a new path from the usual Google practice and instead of bringing the new operating system along with a new device for this year. Google skip the latter and instead introduce the operating system without an official standard-bearer however Google rest assured that there will be a device that’ll take the full advantage on the new operating system in a third-party OEM which we’ll name in a few moments.
For now, let’s take a look on what’s new with the new operating system and what has been change since Android 6.0 Marshmallow. Google has more than 200 new additions to the core operating system with the help of the developer community. Earlier this year, Google announced the Android N Beta program which open the doors to developers on optimizing their apps on the new OS, in return, software developers will provide Google the feedback needed to optimize the operating system before it will become public and indeed over the course of the development cycle, Android 7.0 Nougat has new features and vast improvements from its predecessor.
Your device is you
Android 7.0 Nougat gives you freedom to make your device reflect your personality and tell the world about you in a fun and graphic way. With the new OS, Google expanded the support for 1500 emoji’s and 72 more to tell the world how you feel. Expressing yourself has never been easier, so go ahead and tell everyone.
Emoji’s and Quick Settings
The new Quick Settings interface can now be rearrange to your desire thanks to the editable interface, you can now place each control where you find it easy to access, move them around and find your spot and make your device more personal.
More functionality, More productive
Get more from your device with multiple windows, the heralded feature which originally came out with Samsung’s Note 2 device is now being supported natively on Android which then enable every device running Android 7.0 Nougat to open and view two apps at the same time and side-by-side.
Another cool feature new to Nougat is the Direct reply from Notifications without opening the main app thus saving you time and battery in the process. There’s the new Quick Switch feature that helps switching to the two most recent opened apps by simply double tapping the Overview button on the device.
Graphics has never been this way
Taking advantage to the latest hardware features and processing chips, Android’s Vulkan API helps leverage Apps and Games with demanding graphics needs come to life. While the Vulkan API has been around since Android 6.0 Marshmallow, the next thing we’re about to share with you is DayDream, it’s Android’s new Virtual Reality platform that takes you to Virtual worlds with DayDream enabled devices that will become available soon.
Nougat keeps Security a top priority
Android has always been serious when it comes to security, Google already support biometric enabled devices and added layers and layers of security encryption to protect your data and now Android is once again given an upgrade from new updates, a file-based encryption and Direct Boot.
With Android Nougat, users would find that their device will now be applying update while using them. Software update will run in the background while users can continue with whatever they are doing with their device. There’s also a new File-based encryption meaning each user can safe protect files from every user since Android has already supported multiple users, this feature should become handy with devices with more than one registered user. And then there’s Direct Boot, this feature allows a faster and safer boot process.
Battery power is very important to every Android device and Google has worked to improve its power consumption with each iteration of the OS. Nougat further takes battery-saving features to one notch higher. Beginning with Marshmallow, Google introduce the Doze feature and is make an improvements with Nougat but making the Doze feature saving even more battery power when your device sits on stand-by.
For hundreds of features that Nougat comes with, the above mentioned are the most highlighted ones and does matter with the overall usability experience. And as we’ve mentioned earlier, This year’s announcement is solely for the new operating system. To simply put it, there’s no Nexus for 2016 and that’s something new to the traditional Google announcements. However and surprisingly enough, Google has a third-party device that’s going to fill-in the shoes of Nexus and that’s no other than Google’s partner for years in the Nexus line and that’s LG.
Like we’ve said, no Nexus for this year but Google formally announced that the upcoming LG V20 device the mighty successor to the high-end V10 will be the first device in the market to boot Android 7.0 Nougat out of the box.
The upcoming LG V20 is expected to be announced a couple of weeks from now and is expected to become available in the market by the third week of September.