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Android Nougat 7.0 is a version of Android, succeeding Android Marshmallow 6.0. It was made official on 22 August, 2016. Google’s Nexus devices were the first set of devices to be updated to Nougat. However, the LG V20 was the first phone to come out with Nougat right out of the box.
Google has had historically named the different versions of Android after eatables. For instance, the first version that got a name was Android 1.5 and it was called Cupcake. Thereafter, Donut, Éclair, Froyo, Gingerbread, Lollipop, etc. happened. The nomenclature has always been alphabetical, and this time the name had to start with the letter N.
The major new features that Android Nougat offers are split-screen mode (multi-window), an improved notifications panel, a revamped Quick Settings area, “clear-all” option to close all in-use apps from the multitasking window, Data Saver, option to reply to messages from the notification panel, a new and improved Settings app, and quick app switching, to name a few.
Nougat essentially stays rooted to the aesthetics introduced with Lollipop, which was then refined by Marshmallow. Nougat also doesn’t fiddle, much like Marshmallow, and focuses on fine-tuning the interface. The Quick Settings and notification elements are perhaps the major visual changes made. The primary settings menu looks a bit updated as well.
Android Nougat enhances encryption by taking things to the files and folders. Also, it lets the user permit apps access particular folders on a device instead of letting the app have access to all the local storage. There’s also the refined Trusted Face setup that enables phone unlocking with the face.
Android 7.0 is the first Android flavour to support multi-window mode officially. This functionality helps access and run a couple of apps on the screen side by side. Pressing the “Overview” button helps launch the multi-window mode, with the second window displaying recent apps to choose from.
Google has optimised battery endurance for Nougat-powered Android devices. It achieves the battery optimisation by reducing open services and apps’ background activity, improving the low-power mode functionality, and optimising performance so that the background memory processes do not tax the phone’s processor much.
Though virtual reality (VR) is not mainstream yet as most Android users still don’t use devices that support VR, Nougat does lay necessary framework for a VR platform. With more mobile devices becoming VR-ready, this Nougat feature would soon get the love and praise it deserves.
All Pixel and Nexus devices (not more than two years old) should get the OTA update for Android 7.0. As far as phones by other manufacturers are concerned, the majority of the flagship and most mid-range phones not older than two years should be updated to Nougat.
Google realises how important emojis are to instant messaging. It, therefore, has added 72 fresh glyphs, in addition to the more than 1,500 emojis available, which have been modified a bit more to look more realistic. Android emojis have been traditionally cartoony, but that’s not the case anymore with Nougat.