Finally, at long last and after a period of consulting with public opinion, Google has announced the official name of Android N, it is called ANDROID NOUGAT. Yes, the people have spoken and they wanted Android 7.0 to be named after the nutty confectionary, rather than Nutella or Nectar.
Android N is set for a release later on this year. Android Nougat is Google’s next phone and tablet operating system update that’s been so thoroughly refined that the company is officially more than halfway through the English alphabet, letter 14 of 26.
Android Nougat Update: When will your phone get It?
As of right now, this is the Android N update schedule for Nexus:
- March: Android N developer preview 1 (alpha)
- April: Android N developer preview 2 (beta)
- May: Android N developer preview 3 (beta)
- June: Android N developer preview 4 (with final APIs and SDK)
- July: Android N developer preview 5 (near-final build)
- August/September: Final Android 7.0 AOSP build
What phones will get Android N?
If you’ve got a recent flagship phone, you should be in luck. Most phone and tablet makers try and push the software to phones and tablets that are less than two years old, but it may be quite a wait.
Samsung, Sony, LG and HTC are usually quite fast at getting the update to your phone, as is Motorola. Some other manufacturers can take a little while to release it, though.
If you want the latest software, it’s best to get a Nexus device, as the newest version of Android will always be pushed to that first. Newer Nexus owners are currently able to test out Developer Preview 1.
HTC has confirmed it will be bringing Android Nougat to the HTC 10, One A9 and One M9 – although there’s no time table yet.
Motorola has also confirmed the Moto G4 Plus will get Android 7 software in the future.
Explore the New features supported by Android N..
At Google’s 2016 I/O developer conference we first glimpsed a new concept called Instant Apps. It’s actually a feature that’ll be supported by devices running as far back as Android 4.1, but the arrival of Nougat will likely serve as the launchpad for the new feature, which will let users access portions of apps without having to install them.
The highlight of Android N is split-screen multitasking. This means, the device screen can show two different apps simultaneously, and video apps will support picture-in-picture. Needless to say, something we’ve already seen in Apple and Samsung devices.
The system fills the screen with two apps, showing them either side-by-side or one-above-the-other. The user can drag the dividing line separating the two, in order to make one app larger and the other smaller. Manufacturers of larger devices will be able to choose freeform mode, allowing users to freely resize each activity. If the manufacturer enables this feature, the device offers freeform mode in addition to split-screen mode.
Project Svelte – reducing RAM usage
“Also, we’re continuing to invest in Project Svelte, an effort to reduce the memory needs of Android so that it can run on a much broader range of devices, in N by making background work more efficient,” writes Google.
Project Svelte is an ongoing effort by Google to minimize RAM use by system and apps across the range of Android devices in the ecosystem. In Android N, Project Svelte is focused on optimizing the way apps run in the background.
Even Better Battery Life
Remember the battery saving Doze feature introduced in Marshmallow? Google has decided to further improve it. So, instead of turning off the power-draining features while your phone is stationary, it will work even when the screen is off.
With the update to 7.0, Doze now works on the go, restricting CPU and networking behaviour even when you’re out and about. This means users should see even greater gains in battery longevity from current devices and a better power/performance balance from future ones too.
Native number blocking
Another feature that for the longest time has had users looking to third-parties for a solution, number blocking will soon be part of the vanilla Android experience.
The number blocking functionality sounds pretty robust, preventing calls and messages from blocked numbers getting though, but what’s more, your block list will survive through restarts and resets of your phone, so even if you wipe your handset, it’ll keep tabs on the blocked numbers even when it’s being set up as new.
There are a heap more goodies woven into Android 7.0 Nougat, such as faster device start-up, customisable quick settings in the notifications drawer, quick replies, keyboard themes, Android Jack compiler to use many popular Java 8 language features, Vulkan graphics support and more emojis, etc.