And with that, Android fans around the world let out a sigh of relief.
It was expected that Android 7.0 (Nougat) would be released earlier than usual, seeing as the first Dev Preview was available for download even before this year’s Google IO. The usual schedule was around the beginning of October. But last week, Canadian mobile carrier, Telus, released the dates for the upgrade for August 22nd. Most took this with a grain of salt because release dates are bound to be shifted but Oh Happy Day, the upgrade is here.
Of course, Nexus owners get first dibs on the latest Android version with the exception of the Nexus 5 and Nexus 7. Sorry, these are not getting the official upgrade. But don’t worry, custom rom makers are bound to bring the Nougat-y goodness to a phone near you. Also, Android One owners (Infinix Hot 2) owners are bound to get it too as soon as possible. As for owners of other handset makers, you will have to wait and see whether your smartphone maker deems it fit for you to get the upgrade. Owners of premium phones released in 2015 or 2016 will seemingly get it, but it will be a waiting game even though companies like Samsung have upped their game slightly when it comes to software updates.
If you have a Nexus device and you enrolled in the Android Beta Program, you should be receiving the OTA to the full version of Nougat shortly. For the more adventurous who are used to flashing the factory image, give it a while, it should be out shortly at this link. Just keep on refreshing the page till you see it
In case you forgot or didn’t know, here are the features you will get in Android 7.0 Nougat:
- Multi-window support
- Quick switch
- Unicode 9.0 (new Emoji)
- Vulkan API for low-level fast graphics
- VR (Virtual Reality) support built-in
- Improved “Doze” support (better battery life)
- New notification shade design with customizable quick settings (easily toggle Wifi, etc)
- 1st class/party quick-reply/direct-reply notification support
- Automatic notification bundling (No more rows and rows of Facebook notifications)
- “Data saver” toggling, which disables backgrounded apps from using cell data while still allowing foreground apps to use it
- Notification controls via long-press
- Customizable display “density” and font-size controls, so you can fit more on your screen or alternatively make it easier to see/read
- Unified software security updates on “select new devices”
- File-based encryption (in addition to the previous storage device encryption), for better security with multi-user support
- “Direct Boot” starts your critical apps (alarm, etc) even when you haven’t unlocked your device