The latest iteration to Android has just been released. Termed Android 7.0 Nougat, the updates brings minimal cosmetic changes but lots of changes behind the scenes. Here are some highlights
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Included in the Android 7.0 Nougat update are 1500 emojis for you emoji loving folks out there.
One of the most noticeable cosmetic change is that there is now native support for Multi-window. Double tapping on the multitasking button now switches between the recent app and the current app.
Also there’s support for the Vulkan API, can’t wait for more games to take advantage of the API.
In the Android 7.0 Nougat upgrade, there’s native support for Virtual Reality (VR) with something Google calls Daydream. Daydream however is a hardware feature which is not present on most current phones
With Marshmallow, Google introduced Doze to conserve battery power while the phone was idle. The Doze in Marshmallow however needed you to have you phone still before it kicked in. With Android 7.0 Nougat, Google has optimized it to work even when you’re on the go, sweet!
Google has also tweaked it’s already excellent notification drawer with Bundled notifications, direct reply from the drawer and the ability to edit the quick settings.
Other inclusions are the data saver to help save mobile data, more notification controls and even more granular control of the text display size.
As with Daydream, current gen devices will not have support for Direct Boot. Direct Boot is a unique way Google is handling software updates with hardware partitions. Basically with two partitions, the software of the phone can be updated without interrupting the operation of the phone making software updates seamless. A welcome introduction indeed.
And that’s it for the standout introductions. There’s good news and bad news. The good news is that the Android 7.0 Nougat update is out now for Nexus devices except the Nexus 5 and and Nexus 7 2013. The bad news is that if you do not use a Nexus device it might take up to a year before you eventually get the update.
To find out more about Android 7.0 Nougat, you can visit the dedicated Android 7.0 Nougat website