Google on Monday announced that the final, consumer-ready version of Android 7.0 Nougat is ready for public consumption. According to Google, the final release will begin rolling out to select Android devices over the coming weeks.
Among the models expected to see the 7.0 Nougat update are the Nexus 6, Nexus 5X, Nexus 6P, Nexus 9, and Pixel C. Moreover, any users who were testing out the beta versions of Android 7.0 are going to see the software in the near term.
Key changes in the 7.0 Nougat release include an improved Doze function which puts the phone into a deeper sleep, drawing less power. With the latest build, Doze works even when you’re on the move and not simply at night when the phone is idle.
Productivity gets a boost with Android 7.0 as split-screen capabilities give users two panels to run apps at the same time. Consider it a picture-in-picture mode that allows for watching a movie while texting or reading a recipe and creating a shopping list.
Notifications are getting a punch-up with bundling for apps, direct replies, and more customization and control. Similar to what you see in Hangouts, it will be easier to reply to others from the notification shade.
Other tweaks include an expanded emoji library of 1,500 (72 new ones), improved system and app update processes, and support for Vulkan API (high-end 3D graphics). And, one area we’re always cool with improving, security, gets even better with Nougat. Look for file-based encryption, a trusted face aspect for Smart Lock, and direct booting for quick access to key system functions.
Last, but certainly not least, Android 7.0 brings about support for Google’s Daydream virtual reality. Although it’s not yet launched, the framework is ready to go for devices running the latest in Android.