Android Nougat is seventh addition of Android OS basically released as a beta build on March 9, 2016, it was officially released on August 22, 2016, with Nexus devices being the first to receive the update, though the LG V20 was the first new smartphone released with Nougat.
Android 7.0 Nougat’s goals are more about preparing for the future of Android app development, adding little tweaks here and there; with the end result being that in use your device will feel faster.
- Richer drop-down menu
- Vulkan unlocks gaming power
- Multi-tasking app interactions signal a bright future
- Multi-tasking needs further development
- Co-opts several familiar features
- Looks and feels familiar
Google’s new Instant Apps feature debuts in Android 7.0 and while it hasn’t gotten as much press as it should, it really is an exciting new addition to Android. In fact, we would go as far as to call it the biggest change to app stores since Apple first introduced its on-device app portal all those years ago.
In a nutshell, Instant Apps lets Android users begin using an app in the Google Play store instantly. You don’t have to buy it — surprise, you don’t even have to download it. Simply open the app’s store page and you can begin testing it immediately to see if it’s something you might be interested in downloading.
This is a killer feature that really is a revolution for users.
Multi-window App Support
Samsung’s Galaxy Note smartphones have had this feature for quite some time, as have a few other Android phones. Now, all phones can take full advantage of huge displays that have become increasingly popular over the years.
With Android 7.0 Nougat, Google has added the ability for users to open two apps side by side on the screen. That means you can watch YouTube videos while you respond to emails, read a webpage on half the screen while Facebook is updating on the other half, and so on.
Last but certainly not least is Daydream. Google saw all these different companies building separate virtual reality platforms, while likely leads to incompatibilities and can potentially hurt the VR market in the long run. In an effort to unify the mobile VR experience, Google has created the Daydream hardware and software platform for virtual reality.
This way hawker like LG, Samsung and others don’t each have to build their own VR platform or partner with different third parties. And for developers, it potentially means they can build one VR app or experience that will work across all Android devices.
Google’s new “Doze” feature debuted in Android 6.0 Marshmallow, but the company is kicking its power-saving features up a notch in Android 7.0.
The original feature puts a smartphone or tablet in a dormant state when it’s not being used, but Android Nougat’s new “Doze on the Go” feature takes things a step further. Now, users will enjoy Doze’s battery-saving features even while the phone is in motion, anytime the display is off.
Also new in Android Nougat is Project Svelte, which stops apps from waking up each time a device’s network connection status changes.
Background System Updates
This new feature isn’t the coolest addition you’ll find in Android 7.0 Nougat, but it truly is nothing short of a game-changer.
With Android Nougat, operating system updates will happen in the background, just like they do in Google’s Chrome OS. The system will download OTA updates in the background over Wi-Fi and install them as a separate system image on a device’s storage. Then the next time the device reboots, it’ll boot to the newly updated image.