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Nexus hard­ware and the Pixel C tablet will be­gin get­ting over-the-air up­dates for Nougat over the next few weeks, while LG’s V20 will ship with the op­er­at­ing sys­tem built in, writes Blair Han­ley Frank

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Red alert, Nexus own­ers: Google has an­nounced it has be­gun rolling out Android 7.0 Nougat via over-the-air up­dates. The first de­vices to get the new op­er­at­ing sys­tem will be Nexus 5X, 6P and 6 phones, as well as Nexus 9 and C tablets.

Like all new Android re­leases, ex­pect the roll­out to take a few weeks, with some car­ri­ers mov­ing quicker than oth­ers. Top-line fea­tures in­clude a new multi-win­dow mode for app mul­ti­task­ing, bet­ter con­trol over Quick Set­tings and re­cent apps, di­rect re­ply in no­ti­fi­ca­tions and 72 new emoji.

There are also some be­hind-the-scenes im­prove­ments for power man­age­ment, gam­ing per­for­mance and se­cu­rity. Google says there are more than 250 im­prove­ments. You can, for ex­am­ple, cus­tomise ex­actly which set­tings ap­pear in your Quick Set­tings menu. It’s these lit­tle qual­ity-of-life im­prove­ments that make Nougat so tasty.

We’re told there are no ‘big dif­fer­ences’ be­tween the up­com­ing pub­lic re­lease of the op­er­at­ing sys­tem and the last De­vel­oper Pre­view that may al­ready be loaded on your Nexus de­vice. And, in fact, if you’re run­ning the De­vel­oper Pre­view, it will au­to­mat­i­cally re­ceive the OTA up­date.

Get­ting the lat­est ver­sion of Google’s OS be­fore any­one else is one of the rea­sons to buy a Nexus phone. The side-by-side app mul­ti­task­ing, for ex­am­ple, will be es­pe­cially use­ful on Google’s Pixel C tablet, but we’re ex­cited to try this on our 5.7in Nexus 6P as well. Be­yond that, Nougat is packed with a bunch of small qual­ity-of-life fea­tures, such as the abil­ity to tog­gle be­tween your two most re­cently used apps with a dou­ble-tap of the Over­view but­ton, and cus­tomi­sa­tion con­trol over which set­tings ap­pear in your Quick Set­tings Menu.

If you don’t own one of the lat­est Nexus phones, or have any plans to buy one, you’ll need to wait for LG’s V20, which is due to ar­rive in Septem­ber with Nougat built in. It will fea­ture dual front-fac­ing cam­eras (for vary­ing fields of view), man­ual video con­trols, and a 32-bit dig­i­tal-to-ana­logue au­dio con­verter.

Top-line fea­tures in­clude a new multi-win­dow mode for app mul­ti­task­ing, bet­ter con­trol over Quick Set­tings and re­cent apps, di­rect re­ply in no­ti­fi­ca­tions and 72 new emoji

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