Famous tipster Evan Leaks recently posted a Twitter update revealing a slightly specific Android 7.0 Nougat release timeframe. Google previously disclosed that their newest mobile operating system is arriving “later this summer,” but the launch window got even narrower as according to Evan Leaks, Android Nougat is set for release next month.
An exact release date for Android 7.0 Nougat was not mentioned, though, but the tweet noted that it will arrive with the August 5 security patch. Could this be a hint that the Android 7.0 Nougat is getting an early August launch?
9to5Google said it’s probably not going to happen, leaning towards a mid-August launch for the new Android OS. “Seeing that the final developer preview released on the 18th, it’s more likely we’ll see it come towards the middle of the month,” it explained.
The Twitter post also revealed an unfortunate news for Nexus 5 owners — the smartphone is not getting the Android 7.0 Nougat update.
Android 7.0 releases next month, with the 8/5 security patch. Sorry Nexus 5 owners, no Nougat for you ????— Evan Blass (@evleaks) July 30, 2016
The final Developer Preview build for Android 7.0 Nougat became available a few days ago, which triggered more news about the imminent release of the upcoming mobile firmware. Google rolled out the latest beta update for devices like the Nexus 5X, the Nexus 6 and 6P, Nexus 9, and Nexus Player. The Android Nougat Developer Preview 5, carrying the build number NPD90G, is also available for General Mobile 4G (Android One) and Pixel C units.
For those who can’t wait to experience Android Nougat, the best option right now is to get the Developer Preview build. A previous report from the Inquisitr noted that the last beta update is accessible through the Android Beta Program. Manual installation of Android 7.0 Nougat Developer Preview 5 is also possible, according to Team Android.
“Developer Preview 5 includes near-final system images for supported devices and the Android emulator,” according to Android Developer’s post. Take a look at the final Developer Preview for Android 7.0 Nougat by watching the YouTube video below posted by Tim Schofield.
The official name of the OS, Android Nougat, was revealed at the beginning of this month.
This upcoming mobile firmware is expected to bring in a number of new features. One of these is the multi-window support that essentially allows several apps to share the screen at once. Android Developer site explained this functionality:
“On handheld devices, two apps can run side-by-side or one-above-the-other in split-screen mode. On TV devices, apps can use picture-in-picture mode to continue video playback while users are interacting with another app.”
Android Authority reported that the latest beta for the Android 7.0 Nougat brought in Google Camera 4.1 which came with new features like customizable volume key actions. The battery-saving Doze mode, which was first experienced in Android Marshmallow, will also bring in some enhancements upon the highly-awaited Nougat OS release.
As for other new features to expect from Android Nougat, according to a report from GSM Arena, beta testers using Nexus 6P was able to experience what is being called Sustained Performance Mode, allowing “app developers to inform the system of the resources a certain task will take up, as well as its duration and have Android manage to load better and save some battery in the process.”
Improved multi-language support can also be expected from the Android 7.0 Nougat and other seemingly minor changes such as the deletion of Dark Theme and Desktop shortcuts, the report added.
If Google will stick with its release pattern, the Android 7.0 Nougat should be set for launch alongside new mobile devices. For instance, Nexus 6P and Nexus 5X are rumored to arrive together with the OS. However, according to TechRadar, new Nexus smartphones are pegged for a September or October arrival. Does this mean the Android 7.0 Nougat will have the limelight all to itself come its tipped August release?
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