Today is the day that most people (including me) have been waiting for since March when Google unexpectedly announced the Developer Preview of Android N. Google completed its five month beta program and is releasing the Android Nougat 7.0 today. The new update will begin rolling out to the following devices:
Although it is not surprising, it’s still sad to see that the Nexus 5 and the Nexus 7 (2013) are not eligible for the update and won’t be getting it.
— Android (@Android) August 22, 2016
Google has also hinted at the release of the new LG V20 and apparently it will be the first new Smartphone that will have Nougat out of the box. As for the rest, manufacturers have not committed to a specific timeline for rolling out the updates for existing devices.
However, Koh Dong-jin, Samsung’s President of Mobile, stated in an interview with The Korea Times that the newly announced Galaxy Note 7 will receive the update in another 2 or 3 months. HTC has also stated that the HTC 10, A9 and M9 will receive the updates but haven’t provided any dates.
So sweet. Android Nougat—the next version of Google’s Android—will be coming to the HTC 10, HTC One A9 & HTC One M9. pic.twitter.com/cB5S2zv0PW
— HTC (@htc) June 30, 2016
Bottom line is that unless you have a Nexus or Android One phones, it could be months and even a year or more before Nougat is available on most phones.
Android 7.0 Features
Nougat hasn’t changed drastically from Marshmallow but it does include a few notable new features listed below:
- Multi-window support
- Unicode 9.0 (72 new emojis, 1,500 in total)
- Quick Settings Control
- Direct Reply
- Daydream (VR ready)
- Display size changeability.
- Android for Work
These are just a few of the new features introduced in Nougat. We’ll discuss them in detail in another post later.
Keep in mind that the Nougat over-the-air (OTA) update will likely be rolling out slowly over the course of a few days so be patient in case you haven’t received the update on your phone yet.