As expected, Google is pushing Android 7.0 Nougat from today, August 22. The company has just put up the official Nougat page, which contains a rundown of the main user facing features. From what we can see so far, it looks like the stable release going out today is very similar to Developer Preview 5 (covered further below). Here’s a brief rundown of the main official Nougat features, as per Google – stay tuned for our in-depth look coming soon.
New JIT compiler for faster updates, VR mode, and Vulkan API support.
Battery & data
Doze on the go for better battery management and new data saver for restricting data usage for background apps.
Split-screen mode, picture-in-picture, and double tap to quickly switch.
Bundled notifications, direct reply, and notification controls.
System usability improvements
Customizable quick settings, redesigned quick settings bar, redesigned Settings, emergency information, and lockscreen wallpaper.
Unicode 9 emoji
Privacy and security
New direct boot, seamless software updates (for new devices), file-based encryption, and scoped folder access.
Device setup and migration
More settings are no covered by Android Backup.
Multiple locales support, new languages, and new language preferences.
Accessibility settings are now part of the setup, customizable display size, accessibility mono output, and variable text to speech speed.
Android for Work
New work mode lets you turn off notifications from work apps.
Android Nougat release date
Google will be pushing the OTA to Nexus devices over the air, so keep an eye out for an update notification in your status bar. If you want to check manually, just go to Settings > About Phone > System updates > Check for updates. If you’re even more impatient, keep an eye on Google’s factory image page as well as the new OTA image page.
A little background on the Android N release
This year, rather than wait until Google I/O 2016, Google released the first Android N developer preview on March 9, two full months earlier than expected. The Android N preview went live for the Nexus 6P, Nexus 5X, Nexus 6, Nexus 9 (Wi-Fi and LTE), Nexus Player and Pixel C on the Android Developers site. The first beta release candidate appeared during Google I/O on May 18, 2016.
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