SAN FRANCISCO, Aug 23: Google is ready to start sending out the latest version of its Android operating system to a handful of devices.
The release announced Monday means many Nexus-branded devices should receive a free upgrade to Android 7.0, nicknamed "Nougat," during the next few weeks.
The first models in line include the Nexus 6, Nexus 5X, Nexus 6P, Nexus 9, Nexus Player, Pixel C and General Mobile 4G.
Other smartphones coming out this fall will be sold with Nougat already installed.
The new version of Android has been in a testing phase since March as Google polished the system that will feature 72 new emojis and the ability to reply to notifications without opening an app.
Rival Apple is scheduled to release the latest operating system for the iPhone next month.
Here are five interesting things you would love to know about Android Nougat:
1. Manual Exposure Control And A Lot Of Other Camera Features
We have seen a couple of preview builds of Android Nougat earlier and we couldn’t find any such feature that could actually allow users to control exposure manually instantly from the camera app. However, Android Police has recently reported that the final build will be coming with a slide on the right hand side of the camera app that would allow users to control exposure manually. Along with this, there seems to be a lot of other interesting camera features as well including customization of volume buttons for certain camera functions.
2. Watch More And Do More With Split Screen
If you are already using a Samsung tab or a Chinese smartphone like Xiaomi or Honor, you would already know what we are talking about. It was high time for Google to incorporate the split-screen function in stock Android as most of the skinned versions already have this.
3. Reply Directly From The Notifications Menu
Open the app from the notifications menu and replying consumes in a couple of seconds… and it seems Google wants to make Android N too effective and user friendly as much as possible. Users will be having a ‘direct reply’ feature on Android N that allows to respond to text messages or update task lists directly from the notification menu.
4. Be More VR Friendly
We have already seen how friendly is Android Nougat with Virtual Reality in the dev preview 5 build. Users get the VR options in the Display settings and are able to access options like ‘use low motion blur settings’ or ‘do nothing’, reports Tech2.
5. Doze Your Smartphone When Screen Is Turned Off
Most of us have experience a powerful battery saving mode on Android M that turned on automatically when the smartphone was kept stationary. However, now, with Android Nougat, Google has come up with ‘Doze on the Go’ feature that activated power saving mode as soon as the screen is turned off. Users can save more battery with this new mode and as we all know, saving battery is our ultimate criteria when it comes to smartphones these days!