comscore Google confirms LG V20, not new Nexus smartphones, first to run on Android 7.0 Nougat out-of-the-box

Google confirms LG V20, not new Nexus smartphones, first to run on Android 7.0 Nougat out-of-the-box

Google is breaking traditions this year, and its next-generation Nexus smartphones won't be the first to run on Android Nougat out-of-the-box. It will be the upcoming LG V20 instead.


Last night, Google released the final version of Android Nougat 7.0, which can now be installed on select Nexus devices. But when it comes to smartphones running on the latest Android OS out-of-the-box, Google’s upcoming Nexus devices won’t be the first off the starting line. Instead, the LG V20 will be the first smartphone to run on Android Nougat — and yes Google has confirmed this as well. On the Android Nougat official page there is a message towards the bottom that reads — ‘Introducing the new LG V20, the first new smartphone that comes with Android Nougat, right out of the box. Coming soon’. Also Read - Steam support coming to Chrome OS devices soon

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Google is widely believed to have tasked HTC to develop two Nexus devices this year, which are reportedly codenamed Sailfish and Marlin. While multiple leaks have given us a fair idea on what to expect from the upcoming Nexus smartphones, what we don’t know is when Google plans to launch them. LG, on the other hand, has revealed that it plans to launch the V20 smartphone at a four-day event in San Francisco starting on September 6. We have already come across a couple of leaks and teasers by LG, and the V20 is surely shaping up to be an interesting smartphone. Also Read - Google will not store your bank card details from January 1, 2022: Here’s how it will impact you

LG V20 specifications

As per rumors, the LG V20 will feature a 5.5-inch full HD (1080p) In-Cell display, Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 820 processor, Adreno 530 GPU, and it will come in two variants — 32GB variant with 3GB of RAM, and 64GB variant with 4GB of RAM. The smartphone is also expected to feature a microSD card slot, an 8-megapixel selfie camera, fingerprint scanner, USB Type-C port and a 4,000mAh battery.

Besides these, the LG V20 will boast great audio playback thanks to the 32-bit Quad DAC, and a new teaser also claims that the smartphone will offer ‘the best video and audio experience’ on a smartphone. While the rest of the details are scarce, we will know more in just about a fortnight.

With the LG V20 being the first smartphone to run on Android Nougat 7.0, it takes away the one aspect that everyone looks forward to ahead of the launch of new Nexus devices. Google’s Nexus devices not only run on the purest form of Android, but also on the newest. It comes as a big surprise that Google didn’t wait till the launch of its new smartphones, and went ahead with the release of its new OS. DON’T MISS: Has Google s Nexus smartphone program lost its sheen?

From releasing Android N preview ahead of its usual schedule to making it easy for anyone to install the preview and give it a test before the final release, Google is doing things a bit differently this time around. Android Nougat 7.0 comes with a host of new features and improvements like multi-window support, inline notification reply, improved data saver and project svelte to name a few. ALSO READ: Google releases Android Nougat 7.0 final version, here is how to install it on your Nexus smartphone

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  • Published Date: August 23, 2016 10:45 AM IST

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