It’s finally here. After months of testing and preview launches, Google is finally rolling out one of the most substantial updates for its mobile operating system – Android 7.0 Nougat for the general public. The over-the-air update will be gradually pushed to existing nexus handsets including the Nexus 6, Nexus 5X, Nexus 6P, Nexus 9, Nexus Player, Pixel C and a single Android One smartphone from General Mobile 4G. Unfortunately, the Nexus 5 has been ditched for any further updates except for security patches. While some might get the update today itself, Google does mention it can even take a week for some regions, however, exact details are currently intact. Users who’re already enrolled in the beta program will be now receiving the final build.
Android Nougat is a significant update in terms almost every smartphone aspect comprehensible including graphics, multitasking, design, security and much more with almost 250 crucial additions in total according to Google. To begin with, it brings a long overdue multi-window support, picture-in-picture mode for video streaming apps, a quick switch for jumping across two of your recent apps by double pressing the multitasking button and a major notification shade overhaul with Quick settings control. Additionally, Google has added Vulkan API for delivering insanely powerful graphics, under-the-hold Doze improvements for better battery life, and a native virtual reality solution called “Daydream”. Android 7.0 is also a whole lot secure packing file-based encryption, seamless updates and considerably faster booting times using a dedicated compiler.
It’s quite certain Google has mended a lot of things it got wrong with previous generations of Android with this update. While Android 7.0 is currently limited to Nexus users, other OEMs will be soon announcing dates for their release. Recently, we saw a leak revealing the upcoming Nougat update for Huawei’s P9 and HTC has declared that their flagship devices are already in line for the sweet new treat. Furthermore, LG’s V20 is going to be the first smartphone to run Android 7.0 out of the box. Given the lengthy visual and backend feature set of this update unlike Marshmallow, we’re quite sure most manufacturers will attempt to finalize their builds in the next couple of months. That said, if you own a Nexus 6, Nexus 5X or the 6P you can simply flash the device with factory images or just enrol your device to the beta program to get an instant update OTA.