The Vulkan graphics API is a big deal for mobile developers, since its direct GPU access allows for complex graphics to be rendered with a considerably lower hit to the processor, and thus a lower overhead on the hardware and battery life. A few devices like the SHIELD family and Samsung's 7 series already supported Vulkan several months ago, but Nougat now features full support for all updated Android 7.0 devices. Developer Super Evil Megacorp, which turned heads last year with its Vainglory mobile MOBA, now has a beta version that uses the Vulkan API. Read More
Google's restore options upon setting up a new device have been gradually improving over the past few versions of Android, culminating in being able to transfer data from an old Android device in Lollipop, rather than restoring from a Google account. Google's taken another step with Nougat, with the ability to restore from an iOS device.
Selecting the iPhone or iPad option results in the setup process telling users to go to a web address on their iOS device and following the instructions. The URL is www.android.com/switch, which prompts users to transfer over contacts, photos, music, email, and find favorite apps. Read More
One of the benefits of Google's Nexus devices is that you can flash full factory images if something goes wrong. Google makes these files available for download each time a new OTA update rolls out, and the first few devices now have Nougat images. This could be just what you need to get your device back on a stock build of Android in a single step. Read More
We already know that Google is planning to make Android's release cycle a little more predictable with quarterly maintenance updates. The first update is expected to include a developer preview, and it sounds like Google is planning to bump the version number up to 7.1. This comes from Google's crash and report filter in the developer console—it offers an option to filter for Android 7.1. Read More
With Android 7.0 now officially rolling out to devices, you might wonder which non-Nexus phones will see the update some day. Sony has released a list of devices it intends to update to Nougat at some point in the not too distant future. The gist: if you've got a Sony phone from 2015 or 2016, you'll probably get the Nougat update. Read More
The OTAs have been rolling out since yesterday and as of today we can get some Nexus Factory Images fresh out of the oven. It's now time for AOSP to get caught up. Google is in the process of uploading Android 7.0 Nougat and its first official build NRD90M to the Android Open Source Project.
This is obviously a major version release, so there's quite a bit of code to transfer and that always takes quite a while. The process usually runs several hours and may not finish until tonight. We'll update this post when it looks like the upload is finished, at which point we can generate a changelog for closer examination. Read More
It's Nougat day, finally. Google's latest and greatest version of Android is beginning its slow rollout to Nexus devices, plus the Pixel C and General Mobile 4G. Dev preview devices are getting the OTA almost immediately, but devices on Marshmallow are taking a little longer. Google has said it could take a week or two for everyone to get the OTA, but you don't need to wait that long. We're collecting the full Nougat OTA links right here. Read More
Google started the rollout of Android 7.0 Nougat today, but what about the next update? According to the Android developers blog, Google is working on moving Android to a regular maintenance update cycle over the next few quarters. The first Nougat maintenance update is already in process, and Google will make it available as a developer preview prior to release. Read More
If your phone or tablet was part of the developer preview beta, you will probably be the first to get the update to the final build. We've gotten a lot of tips about the OTA hitting these devices, so head to your settings and check for updates. Read More