Google is rolling out Android Nougat to select smartphones

Google has announced it has commenced the roll out of Android Nougat to select phones, precisely Nexus devices.

For those not in the know, Android Nougat is the latest version – the successor of Marshmallow – of the widely used mobile OS, Android.

First known as Android N, Google gave users across the world the opportunity to come up with a name for the OS. Android Nougat was eventually decided upon!

Google has described the OS, which comes with amazing features – over 250 we heard, as its sweetest release yet.

Some of the features include expanded emoji, Quick Settings controls, Multi-locale support, et al. These features makes your device more customizable and personal.


On the productive side of things, Nougat comes with features such as Multi-window, Direct Reply, and Quick Switch, which makes responding to work emails or making plans with friends, and multitasking a breeze.

Furthermore, Android Nougat comes with a feature that makes the battery smarter, thereby extending its life. It’s called Doze – it puts the battery to sleep when your device’s not in use.

For those in love with virtual reality and whatnot, Nougat has got them covered. It supports VulkanTM (an advanced 3D rendering API) and Daydream (Google’s platform for mobile virtual reality).

The icing on the cake has to be security – its importance cannot be overemphasized in a connected world as ours.

Android Nougat is built with powerful layers of security and encryption to keep your private data private. New set of features like Seamless updates, File-based encryption and Direct Boot will be available for newer devices soon.

Also, a new security feature for using Android Nougat at work will be introduced. You can learn more about Android for Work.


The only not-so-good aspect is that only people with Nexus 6, Nexus 5X, Nexus 6P, Nexus 9, Nexus Player, Pixel C and General Mobile 4G (Android One) can only use Android Nougat for now. They’ll get it via an over the air software update.

The first device that’ll come pre-installed with Android Nougat will be the soon-to-be-launched LG V20. For those who don’t own any of the devices up there, you might want to wait for this!

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