Earlier this week, Google began rolling out Android 7.0 Nougat, the latest version of its mobile operating system, on its own Nexus devices. With support for more than 250 major features, the OS has started to arrive via an over-the-air software update.
The successor to last year’s release, Marshmallow, Nougat is coming first to the Nexus 6, Nexus 5X, Nexus 6P, Nexus 9, Nexus Player, Pixel C, and General Mobile 4G (Android One). Users with supported devices who have signed up for Google’s Android Beta Program can also expect to see the update soon.
Google said Nougat will bring a number of new features and improvements, including better battery life, a charge-saving Doze mode, optimized memory use and changes designed for users with low or impaired vision. The updated OS will also introduce multi-window viewing, a slew of new emojis, file-based encryption and support for Google’s mobile virtual reality platform Daydream.
Designed for ‘Immersive Experiences’
“We took a different approach to building and launching Nougat this year,’ Sameer Samat, vice president of product management for Android and Google Play, wrote in a blog post Monday. Available as a beta release since March, “Android Nougat reflects input from thousands of fans and developers all over the world,” he added.
In a separate post on Google’s Android Developers Blog, vice president of engineering Dave Burke noted that his team is already working on the first “maintenance release” update to Android 7.0 Nougat, which is expected to launch as a developer preview this fall.
Google is also “pushing the Android 7.0 source code to the Android Open Source Project (AOSP), extending public availability of this new version of Android to the broader ecosystem,” he added.
What that means is that Nougat will eventually be arriving not only on smartphones and tablets, but on wearables, televisions, cars…