While we’re still lamenting the lack of a Marshmallow update on some of our mobile devices, it seems that Android Nougat — the seventh version of Google’s mobile OS — is beginning to roll out to the Nexus line of smartphones; either via OTA or if you haven’t gotten it, you can install it yourself. But what’s new with this latest version of Android? Here’s a quick round-up of the newest features of Android 7.0 Nougat.
A Multitaskers Delight
If you find yourself working from your phone, like we often do, you know that constantly switch between the app you use as a reference and the email your writing can be quite tedious. Nougat now supports multi-window view that also allows you to quickly switch between apps with a double tap, if you have more than two things happening at the same time.
Better Gaming Performance with VulkanTM
If you love gaming on your Android device, this should be right up your alley. Nougat will now support VulkanTM, an advanced 3D rendering API, that is powered by your device’s multi-core processor — plus support for Google’s virtual reality application, Daydream.
Extended Battery Life with Improvements to Doze
Those on Android Marshmallow have already been enjoying the Doze feature that helps your device stay alive longer by reducing its power draw while completely idle. With Nougat comes an improvement to the Doze feature that might save you from hugging a wall or needing your powerbank sooner during your commute home.
Streamlined Quick Settings and Notifications
Nougat will also come with a better way to access settings from the drop down menu that’s less obtrusive than the last iteration. Settings you toggle on and off often can be reduced to a single strip of icons on top of the screen; taking up less real estate. This makes room for the new Bundled Notifications feature that is sorted by app, so you don’t have to scroll down through an entire list of what you missed while you were fast asleep in bed.
Improved Security Features
Our safety and privacy is obviously important and the folks over at Google seem to think so too. They’ve introduced Seamless Updates that allow for software updates to download in the background for selected devices, File-based Encryption that isolate and protect your files for individual users on your device, and Direct Boot that, well, boots your device faster and securely before you even enter any security codes.
Other Android Nougat Features
Other features on Android Nougat include: a data saver to help manage your mobile data usage for apps running in the background, changing the display size that include icon size aside from the text, 72 new emojis to better express yourself, and multi local language settings that can show search results or other app supported features in multiple languages.
That’s it for the round up of features from Android Nougat. Remember, if you own a Nexus device and haven’t received the OTA update — you can download the images for Android Nougat and update you phone manually.