Android Nougat is finally being released to Nexus and other select devices as reports indicate that an update is already being developed to fix bugs to polish Google’s best mobile operating system ever.
According to an official statement from Google, the new Android 7.0 also known as “Android Nougat” will officially be released to the Nexus Player, Nexus 5X, Nexus 6, Nexus 6P, Nexus 9, Pixel C, and General Mobile 4G (Android One) via over-the-air (OTA) software update.
According to Google, the OTA update for these devices will run for several weeks starting on August 22, bringing a more secure, more immersive, more battery smart, more productive, and more personal Android to millions of users all over the world.
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The Internet giant had also confirmed that the new Android Nougat’s first retail device is the LG V20, which implies that there will be no addition to the line of Nexus phones until September, according to Techno Buffalo.
The Android Nougat contains more than 250 new features, some of which are highlighted below:
According to Google, the new Android Nougat would host an expanded collection of emojis built into the phone’s system including 72 new ones to allow users to better express themselves.
The new OS also allows the user to customize the Quick Settings page, enabling them to be moved around the screen. Nougat also boasts a multi-locale support system which provides the user with multi-language results when using the search engine when needed.
Working over the phone is made easier with Android Nougat’s multi-window feature which allows users to run and manage apps side-by-side similar to the multitasking feature of Apple’s iPad Pro. What is great about this feature is that it can be resized to the user’s liking by simply dragging the divider.
The new Android OS also boasts a Direct Reply feature that makes responding to notifications quicker and easier through a direct response to notifications that does not require actually opening the app that sent the notification.
Android Nougat also has a Quick Switch feature that provides easier interchange of activity between two most recently used apps accessible via the Overview button.
Google is constantly working on better battery consumption management since Android Marshmallow’s release last year. This time, Android Nougat’s Doze feature lets your device drop to an even lower battery usage when it is not in use, thereby saving more precious energy.
Android Nougat is designed to provide a more immersive experience for users, which is why developers included support for features like VulkanTM that allows users the optimum gaming experience with high-speed next-generation graphics; and Daydream which provides users access to virtual reality via their smartphones with the help of smart accessories like VR headsets.
Aside from the regular maintenance, Google is planning to uphold, more security features are added to Android Nougat-powered smartphones coming this fall.
Some of these include Seamless updates which allows the smartphone owners to use their device while getting updates in the background, a File-based encryption that allows users to protect individual files on the device, and Direct Boot that makes starting up your device quicker and easier.
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In more recent news, Google’s Vice President of Engineering Dave Burke revealed to Techno Buffalo that the company is already working on the first update for the Android Nougat.
“In fact, we’ve already started work on the first Nougat maintenance release, that will bring continued refinements and polish, and we’re planning to bring that to you this fall as a developer preview,” he said.
He also revealed Google’s plans to maintain a “new regular maintenance schedule” which probably means more frequent updates to the OS aside from the monthly security patches.
Burke also urged Android Nougat users to continue sending their feedback on the new operating system in order to help them fix any inconsistencies and problems with it to make it close to being the perfect and most reliable OS in smartphone history.
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