As expected, Google has started rolling out the Android 7.0 Nougat update for its range of Nexus smartphones and tablets. Being a major software release, the latest update brings a host of improvements over Android Marshmallow. Android Nougat brings in some nifty features such as multi-window support to run two apps side by side, improved notifications pane with inline replies, improved data saver to restrict background data, more tweaks to doze mode for extended battery life and more. Google has also added support for Emoji Unicode 9, Vulcan graphics API and a dedicated VR mode among others. The update is being rolled out via OTA (over-the-air) and here’s a simple guide update your Nexus smartphone.
This time around, Google is going with a slightly different approach by setting a new quarterly maintenance schedule. Also, while the developer preview program is here to stay, Google has already started working on the next preview version, which is due to release this fall. “Android 7.0 Nougat will begin rolling out to users, starting with Nexus devices. At the same time, we’re 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,” Dave Burke, VP of Engineering, Android, wrote in a blog post.
List of Android 7.0 Nougat supported devices
As usual, users owning a Nexus smartphone or tablet will be the first ones to be treated with the latest Android Nougat update. The range of supported devices includes the current flagship smartphones — Nexus 5X and Nexus 6P, and Nexus 6, Nexus 9, the Nexus Player and the Pixel C tablet. However, sad news for Nexus 5 owners, as the smartphone has hit end of life and will remain on Android Marshmallow 6.0.1.
Manufacturers such as Samsung, LG, HTC and Xiaomi among others, will also be treating their supported smartphones with goodness of Android 7.0 Nougat. However, due to the over the top customizations that OEMs put, it may take a couple of months or more till the update is ready to be rolled out. Also, not every smartphone will be updated to Android 7.0 Nougat. As of now, LG G5, HTC 10, One M9,One A9, Samsung Galaxy S7-family, Galaxy Note 7, Moto G4, Moto G4 Plus, Moto Z and Moto Z Force have been announced to get the update in the coming months. The list of smartphones may eventually increase as manufacturers start evaluating their smartphones. ALSO READ: How do you pronounce Nougat and everything else the Internet is asking about the new Android N name
How to update your Nexus device to Android 7.0 Nougat via OTA
Earlier this year, Google released the Android N developer Preview well ahead of its schedule. To get more users test and report bugs before official release, Google also simplified the installation process for everyone.
Step One: To begin with, head over to Android Beta program page from your compatible Nexus smartphone or Pixel C tablet.
Step Two: Sign in with your Google account, and scroll down to select your eligible device.
Step Three: Tap on the “Enroll device” option and restart your smartphone.
Step Four: By now, you should get the update notification on your smartphone. However, if you haven’t already, you can manually check for the same by heading over to Settings > About Phone > System Update > Check Now. ALSO READ: Android N developer preview: Top 10 new features of Google’s latest Android OS
It is a 1.1GB update, but it may vary from one Nexus device to other. In case, you have already been a part of Android N Developer Preview, you should get an OTA update of around 60MB in size.
As the OTA update is being rolled out in a staggered manner, it may take a while until it hits your device. Your region and carrier are other factors that may delay the update process. For those who can’t wait for the official OTA to arrive can flash the factory images. However, Google is yet to release them. Once they release the update, we’ll offer you a walkthrough on how to flash your Nexus smartphone using factory images. Till then, stay tuned.
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