Today is the day that all Android fans have been waiting for, the launch of Android 7.0 Nougat. This version of Android has been in beta for quite some time now and this morning Google finally released the first stable build to the public. Of course, as with any other new release of Android, it will only be hitting Nexus devices for now. More specifically, the Nexus 6, Nexus 5X, Nexus 6P, Nexus 9, Pixel C, and Nexus Player.
From what people are saying so far it seems that this first stable build of Nougat is virtually identical to the latest developer preview. But for those of you who haven’t been running the developer preview on your device, here’s what’s new in Nougat:
- Improved notifications: bundled notifications, direct reply, and better notification controls
- A dedicated VR mode
- Improved Doze mode
- Data saver, which allows users to limit how much data their device can use
- Split-screen mode, picture-in-picture mode
- Quick Settings customization
- Unicode 9 emoji
- Direct Boot, which assists users devices in booting up quicker
- Seamless software updates
- File-based encryption
- Trusted Face, which allows users to unlock their device with just their face
- Ability to adjust the size of all display elements such as app icons
- Work Mode, which allows users to turn on or off Work apps
- Other small changes and additions
The Android Nougat update is a staged rollout as usual. Meaning it will be rolling out to all of the Nexus devices listed above over the next couple of weeks to a month. Something to take note of if you don’t have much patience is that Nexus devices currently running the latest developer preview of Nougat will likely receive the OTA first. OTA links are also available for a handful of devices already.
Do you own a Nexus device that has received the OTA update to Nougat? If so, drop us a comment and let us know what you think of it!