Google’s Android 7.0 Nougat is now officially out of the beta build, and the public release will start rolling out to Nexus devices on the list. Google has also confirmed devices the full roll-out could take a couple of weeks. For Google one of the problems with a new Android OS remains the rate of adoption; even now Android Marshmallow is running on some 12 per cent devices, which is far too low for an OS that is more than a year-old.
But with Android Nougat, Google is promising seamless updates (at least on the eligible devices) and manufacturers like HTC, Samsung, LG, Sony have committed a list of devices which will be getting the Android 7 update. LG V20 which launches on September 6 will be the first smartphone to launch with Nougat out of the box. Here’s a quick recap of the features of Android Nougat.
Notifications: The notifications bar has a more minimalist, clean UI and users will able to reply to a notification from the alert itself. Users won’t have to unlock the phone or leave a particular app they are using. Just long pressing on a notification will ensure a particular notification can be dismissed/hidden.
Multi-window: This feature will allow users to run apps in multi-windows simultaneously. Users can choose to run tasks both in the split-screen mode or picture-in-picture mode in Android Nougat. Google will let users decide the space for each window by tinkering with the divider, and it will work on Android tablets, TV sets as well.
Doze on the Go: With Android M, Google introduced Doze mode which would defer CPU and network activity for apps in the background when a phone was stationary. Now in Doze on the Go, even if your phone is in the pocket or in a bag and you’re moving around, but not using the phone, it will go into the Doze on the Go Mode. This will improve battery life on Android phones further, says Google.
Camera app: Camera app gets three new grid options which are: 4×4 grid, golden ratio overlay and a standard square. A user won’t need to crop pictures before editing them on a photo-editing apps, which accept the standard square size.
Data saver: The new in-built feature will let a user restrict data usage for select apps on their smartphones. This will help those on a limited data pack per month, and keep a tab on apps which are data hogs. If the device is on a metered network, the system blocks background data usage, and signals apps to use less data in the foreground wherever possible.
Vulkan 3D: The new Vulkan 3D rendering API will result in a “boost in performance for draw-call heavy applications.” Vulcan is now a part of the Android platform, and will ensure better graphics performance, especially for gaming.
DayDream: Google is also going big on mobile virtual reality with Android N, and DayDream will be a part of this platform. Google plans DayDream-ready headsets and mobiles in partnership with OEMs, and an Android N phone will be able to run this VR platform. Google plans to bring VR centric Google Play Store, Street View, Photos this fall to the platform as well.