Back in March early this year, Google had rolled out a public beta of Android Nougat, the newest version of its Android mobile operating system. In the past, Google has deployed yearly updates before, but that March announcement was considered early based on previous Android update schedules. Still, it provided Android users with the option of quickly installing the beta version by way of an over the air roll out.
Fast forwarding to August, Android Nougat is now officially out of beta and has now been made available to a number of Nexus handsets, specifically the Nexus 6, the Nexus 5X, the Nexus 6P, the Nexus 9, and the Nexus Player, plus the Pixel C tablet and the General Mobile 4G. For those people who are currently using any of the devices mentioned in the previous sentence, they should be able to see an update prompt soon, regardless if they are enrolled in the beta or not.
According to Google, there are more than 200 major new features present in Android Nougat. Perhaps the most obvious new feature is the updated notifications system. Indeed, the new look and feel is now closer to Google’s Material Design aesthetic. Functionality wise, most mobile apps now let users perform an action or reply to a message right directly from the notification. Android Nougat also groups notifications from the same app, which should prove handy for users who want to view all related messages contained in one expandable notification.
The Quick Settings widget has also seen some changes, especially when pulled down from the top. Users can now quickly move items around without needing to activate developer mode. Also, swiping down a slight bit has the effect of producing a compact view for the first five items in the menu. When users swipe down further, all options are displayed. For other information about Android Nougat’s new features, you should check out the Official Android Blog. As for those who do not own a Nexus device or the General Mobile 4G, you might not see an update prompt soon.
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