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
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