Google has announced that the final version of Android 7.0 Nougat is rolling out to Nexus devices and tablets, today. It is coming to the Nexus 6, Nexus 5X, Nexus 6P, Nexus 9, Nexus Player, the General Mobile 4G (Android One) and the Pixel C.
Even though the update is technically available today, Google said that it could take days or even weeks for it to hit every eligible device. If you haven’t been keeping up with the features in Nougat, here’s a list of what you can expect.
- Expanded emoji: There are now over 1,500 different emoji built into Android, including 72 new ones, so go ahead: express yourself.
- Quick Settings controls: Quick Settings gives you easy access to things like bluetooth, WiFi and the all-important flashlight. With Android Nougat, you can actually control what tiles go where, and move ‘em around to fit your needs.
- Multi-locale support: Apps can tailor their content based on your locale settings. So if you speak multiple languages, for instance, then search engines can show results in each of those languages.
- Multi-window: Run two apps side-by-side. The windows are resizable, too, by simply dragging the divider.
- Direct Reply: Reply directly to notifications without having to open any app.
- Bundled notifications: See what’s new at a glance with bundled notifications from individual apps. Simply tap to view each alert.
- Notification controls: When a notification pops up, just press and hold to toggle the settings. For instance, you can silence future alerts from an app in the notification itself.
- Lockscreen wallpaper: You can now have different wallpapers on your device’s homescreen and lockscreen.
- Improved Settings navigation: Find the right setting faster with an updated navigation menu in Settings.
- Quick Switch: Switch between your two most recently used apps by simply double tapping the Overview button.
- Vulkan: Games will now leap to life thanks to high-speed, next-generation graphics — all powered by your device’s multi-core processor.
- Daydream: Android Nougat is ready to transport you to virtual worlds with Daydream-ready phones, headsets and controllers — all coming later this year
- Seamless updates: New Android devices with Nougat can install software updates in the background which means you won’t have to wait while your device installs the update and optimizes all your apps for the new version. And for current Nexus users, software updates now install much faster, so you won’t have to wait for minutes while your device reboots.
- File-based encryption: Android Nougat can better isolate and protect files for individual users on your device.
- Direct Boot: Direct Boot helps your device startup faster, and apps run securely even before you unlock your device when your device reboots.
- Improved system backup coverage: More device settings are covered by Android Backup, including accessibility settings, run-time permissions for apps, Wi-Fi hotspot settings and Wi-Fi network restrictions.
- Work mode: Work mode allows you to turn on and off your device’s work apps and notifications for a better work, life balance.
- Display size: Not only can you change the size of the text on your device, but the size of all the display elements like icons and images.
The first Android smartphone that will ship with the 7.0 update will be the upcoming LG V20. If you have any devices in the Android Beta Program, you’ll receive this final version as well.
And at least Google was able to keep their promise of Android Nougat being released in the summer (which there is technically still about a month left until it’s officially the first day of fall).
You can learn more about Android Nougat at www.android.com/nougat