Google began the roll-out of the Android 7.0 Nougat yesterday (Monday, August 22nd)
The Android 7.0 Nougat update will be first released to the Nexus devices — OTAs will begin for the Nexus 6, Nexus 5X, Nexus 6P, Nexus 9, Nexus Player, Pixel C and General Mobile 4G (Android One). The Nexus 5 will not be joining in on the fun, though that’s of little surprise considering Google’s usual update patterns. The OTA could take weeks before reaching all devices.
According to the official Android Blog:
Android Nougat reflects input from thousands of fans and developers all over the world. There are over 250 major features in Android Nougat, but we wanted to highlight a few of the features you’ve been most excited about. And with more ways to make Android your own, it’s by far our sweetest release yet.
Here are some of the official Android 7.0 Nougat features listed by Google.
- Expanded emoji: There are now over 1,500 different emoji built into Android, including 72 new ones, so go ahead: express yourself.
- Quick Settings controls: Quick Settings gives you easy access to things like bluetooth, WiFi and the all-important flashlight. With Android Nougat, you can actually control what tiles go where, and move ‘em around to fit your needs.
- Multi-locale support: Apps can tailor their content based on your locale settings. So if you speak multiple languages, for instance, then search engines can show results in each of those languages.
- Multi-window: Run two apps side-by-side. The windows are resizable, too, by simply dragging the divider.
- Direct Reply: Reply directly to notifications without having to open any app.
- Quick Switch: Switch between your two most recently used apps by simply double tapping the Overview button.
When are you likely to get the Nougat 7.0 update on your device?
Galaxy owners could easily be waiting until late February or early March 2017 for the first Samsung Android 7.0 update.
Even then, it will likely only be the Galaxy Note 7 to get it first, with the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge following a little later and the Note 5, S6, S6 Edge and S6 Edge+ after them. With any luck, the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8 Edge will both arrive in early 2017 running Android 7.0 out of the box.
Best case scenario: Five months after Android 7.0 launch (January/February 2017)
If HTC follows the same path this year, the first HTC Android 7.0 update should roll out to existing devices less than two months after Android 7.0 is made official. HTC’s next flagship, presumably the HTC 11, should arrive with Android 7.0 at launch.
Best case scenario: Two months after Android 7.0 unveiling (October 2016)
Not including the Nexus 6P, the first Huawei device to get Android Marshmallow was not even an update, but straight out of the box. The Huawei Mate 8 arrived with Marshmallow on board in November, just weeks after Google had made the update available for Nexus devices.
Best case scenario: Mate 9 running Android 7.0 at launch (November 2016), updates in February 2017
As mentioned above, some Sony Xperia owners were treated to an Android N preview build just as they were last year with Android M. However, for those of you not interested in installing a non-final developer version, the Sony Android 7.0 update could arrive as early as the start of March 2017, around the same time as the first Galaxy devices.
Best case scenario: Five months after Android 7.0 (February 2017), plus Android N developer previews
If this is anything to go by, the first LG Android 7.0 update could well be to the LG G5 in
December 2016. It’s also worth noting that the upcoming LG V20 will be the first phone to feature Nougat out of the box, even ahead of the next-gen Nexus family!
Best case scenario: Less than two months after Android 7.0 release (November 2016)
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