Today is the day we've all been waiting for since March when Google unexpectedly dropped the Android N developer preview on us. Android 7.0 Nougat, as it's now known, is officially done and rolling out to Nexus devices, the Pixel C, and the General Mobile 4G. There aren't any big surprises here—the final build is virtually identical to the last developer preview, but it should be more stable and it'll be on your phone or tablet very soon.
Supported devices getting the OTA are the Nexus 6, Nexus 5X, Nexus 6P, Nexus 9, Nexus Player, Pixel C, and General Mobile 4G. No older Nexus devices are getting the official OTA, and all other phones and tablets will have to wait for OEMs and carriers to get their ducks in a row to roll out updates. If you haven't been keeping up with Nougat, here's what you can expect.
- Expanded emoji: There are now over 1,500 different emoji built into Android, including 72 new ones, so go ahead: express yourself.
- Quick Settings controls: Quick Settings gives you easy access to things like bluetooth, WiFi and the all-important flashlight. With Android Nougat, you can actually control what tiles go where, and move ‘em around to fit your needs.
- Multi-locale support: Apps can tailor their content based on your locale settings. So if you speak multiple languages, for instance, then search engines can show results in each of those languages.
- Multi-window: Run two apps side-by-side. The windows are resizable, too, by simply dragging the divider.
- Direct Reply: Reply directly to notifications without having to open any app.
- Bundled notifications: See what’s new at a glance with bundled notifications from individual apps. Simply tap to view each alert.
- Notification controls: When a notification pops up, just press and hold to toggle the settings. For instance, you can silence future alerts from an app in the notification itself.
- Lockscreen wallpaper: You can now have different wallpapers on your device's homescreen and lockscreen.
- Improved Settings navigation: Find the right setting faster with an updated navigation menu in Settings.
- Quick Switch: Switch between your two most recently used apps by simply double tapping the Overview button.
- Vulkan: Games will now leap to life thanks to high-speed, next-generation graphics — all powered by your device’s multi-core processor.
- Daydream: Android Nougat is ready to transport you to virtual worlds with Daydream-ready phones, headsets and controllers — all coming later this year.
- Seamless updates: New Android devices with Nougat can install software updates in the background which means you won't have to wait while your device installs the update and optimizes all your apps for the new version. And for current Nexus users, software updates now install much faster, so you won't have to wait for minutes while your device reboots.
- File-based encryption: Android Nougat can better isolate and protect files for individual users on your device.
- Direct Boot: Direct Boot helps your device startup faster, and apps run securely even before you unlock your device when your device reboots.
- Improved system backup coverage: More device settings are covered by Android Backup, including accessibility settings, run-time permissions for apps, Wi-Fi hotspot settings and Wi-Fi network restrictions.
- Work mode: Work mode allows you to turn on and off your device's work apps and notifications for a better work, life balance.
- Display size: Not only can you change the size of the text on your device, but the size of all the display elements like icons and images.
If you read this far, you're probably crossing your fingers for something else—new Nexus devices. Well, there aren't any yet. Instead, Google again confirms that the LG V20 will be the first phone to ship with Android 7.0 Nougat.
The Nougat OTA will likely be rolling out slowly over the course of a few days (possibly as long as a few weeks). There may also be some variance based on the carrier SIM you have installed (you can always take that out). All supported devices on stock Marshmallow software will get the OTA notification, as will devices on the N preview enrolled in the beta. We'll try to post OTA links when we have them too.
A few more things we've learned over the course of the day. You can get an OTA quickly by enrolling in the developer preview beta. If you're still on M, we are collecting all the OTA updates as we get the links. Going forward, Android will be on a more predictable quarterly maintenance release cycle as well. A dev preview for the first MR will be out this fall.
- Android Nougat