Google has just formally introduced the latest version of its Android mobile operating system -- Android Oreo. While the whole world gets excited about what Android Oreo brings to the table, it is worth taking a look at how its last two predecessors, namely Android Nougat and Android Marshmallow, are doing.
Earlier this week, Google had revealed that it was starting the roll out of Android 7.1.2, the newest version of Android Nougat, to devices such as the Google Pixel and the Nexus 5X (built by LG) by way of an over the air update. Based on the most recent developer preview, owners of the Nexus 5X will be delighted to know that the device will now receive a new feature that was once only available to the Pixel, but often requested to be included in the Nexus 5X. Specifically, this feature allows users to swipe down on the device’s fingerprint reader to display notification alerts.
Google’s latest flagship devices, the Pixel and the Pixel XL, were released preinstalled with the tech giant’s own Android 7.1 Nougat, a pretty standard update but still one that came with new features. But now, the company has revealed that the latest update, Android 7.1.1, is now being rolled out to other Android powered mobile devices, which means that some of the cool features previously found on Pixel handsets are now made available to other devices as well. Well, which other Android devices exactly?
Users of Android powered mobile devices know exercises of patience all too well, especially when it comes to waiting for the latest version of Google’s mobile operating system to make its way to their smartphones and tablet devices, particularly those not made by Google. Still, some phone makers are quicker than others (like LG), while for the rest, it often takes months.
Here is some good news for owners of Samsung’s current flagship devices -- the South Korean tech giant has just revealed that it is commencing the roll out of Google’s Android 7.0 Nougat to Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge handsets by way of its Galaxy Beta Program. It bears noting though that this deployment is only for Galaxy S7 users based in the United States, as well as in the United Kingdom and in Samsung’s native homeland South Korea, for now.
LG’s flagship device, the G5, officially becomes the first mobile device not made by Google to get updated to Android 7.0 Nougat, the newest version of the world’s most widely used mobile operating system. LG is looking to launch a worldwide roll out of its Android Nougat update to G5 units, but almost certainly, G5 owners who are based in South Korea will be the first to receive the software update. As for users living in other major mobile markets, especially the United States and China, they should be able to get the update in the next few weeks.
The new version of Google’s Android mobile operating system, Android 7.1 Nougat, was not highlighted much during Google’s event this week. The reason may have something to do with the fact that the coolest features on the tech giant’s latest handsets, the Pixel and the Pixel XL, will not be included in the newest iteration of Android, after all. Which features are we talking about?
When the LG V10debuted in the latter part of last year, it was considered an unusual release. After all, the device came with a second screen, one that was fully independent from the handset’s primary 5.7 inch display screen. The purpose of the second screen was to show information such as weather, time, or date when the primary display screen is turned off, but when the primary screen is on, the second screen serves as a launching pad for mobile apps and other shortcuts.
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.
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