Android 7.0 Nougat review: an Android version for Android fans (Update: what’s new in Android 7.1?)

by: Kris CarlonOctober 21, 2016

Android Nougat is here and it’s a thing of beauty. It may not have the same dramatic visual overhaul we were first treated to in Android Lollipop two versions ago, but Nougat provides a lot of major improvements and refinements over Marshmallow, along with quite a few nice new usability changes. With that in mind, join us as we run through all the major Android 7.0 features – both user-facing and behind-the-scenes – in our full Android 7.0 Nougat review. We’ll also touch on what’s new in Android 7.1 Nougat…

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What’s new in Android 7.1 Nougat?

Check out the video below for a quick rundown of the new Android 7.1 Nougat features. For clarification purposes, a distinction needs to be made between the Android 7.1 version found on the new Google Pixel phones and the Android 7.1 update coming to Nexus devices.

For starters, the Nexuses don’t inherit the Pixel Launcher, so no Google Assistant, parallax wallpaper effect or the new wallpaper picker. Furthermore, some hardware-related features like the Pixels’ fingerprint scanner gesture controls and Night Light (aka Night Mode) also won’t be coming to Nexus devices.

On the positive side, you will get launcher shortcuts in Android 7.1, where long-pressing an app icon brings up a popup menu of common in-app actions. There’s also a new storage manager in Android 7.1 called Smart Storage, a “restart” option on the power down menu (at last!), a couple of gesture control options called Moves, an extra quick settings toggle at the top of the notifications shade, preliminary GIF support in the Google Keyboard and a two-tab view in Settings, which provides access to 24/7 phone or live chat support from Google.

A note on the Android 7.0 review

Android 7.0 will be very familiar to anyone that has seen the latest Android N developer preview.

Anyone that saw the Android N developer previews will no doubt see a lot of familiar Android Nougat features here. The builds are so similar that if you were running Android N dev preview 5, the official OTA for the Android 7.0 update was a tiny 49.5 MB, compared to 1.1 GB if you updated from Marshmallow.

While some of us may have seen large parts of Nougat already, we’ll be approaching this Android 7.0 review from the perspective of a new user – someone who hasn’t “seen it all before”. We want to provide a sweeping overview of Android 7.0 features, but we’ll also draw comparisons to Marshmallow where relevant and provide context with discussion of features that appeared in the pre-release versions of Android N but that didn’t quite make it to the final version.

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Nougat in a nutshell

If I had to sum Android Nougat up in a nutshell, I’d say that it’s Android putting its roots down. The general feel of Android has become increasingly stable since Lollipop, with less feature flip flopping, fewer performance issues and a greater focus on polish. Nougat is all about extending functionality, improving pre-existing features and further expanding what’s possible in stock Android.

As you know, Marshmallow largely maintained the overall look of Lollipop but baked in some big new features like Doze Mode, the fingerprint API and granular permissions. One year on and Nougat follows suit, maintaining the home screen and app drawer design of Marshmallow, but digging even deeper, laying the fundamental groundwork for what is yet to come.

There's way more exciting background stuff going on in Nougat than you see on the surface.

There are some new visual features to be sure, with a redesigned Settings menu and notifications area. But there’s also a lot more enhanced functionality and exciting background stuff going on in Nougat than you see on the surface.


This section will be devoted almost entirely to Nougat’s multi-tasking and split screen functionality. These are arguably the biggest ticket items in Nougat and the ones that will rightfully garner the most attention – and likely cause the most confusion. That’s because as good as Google’s implementation of multi-window mode and other multi-tasking features in Nougat are, they are a little complicated and bound to leave more than a few people behind.

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Split-screen mode: how it works

Nougat finally delivers split-screen mode to stock Android, a feature that has been around in manufacturer skins and custom ROMs since forever. Android Nougat’s built-in version is in some ways better than what we’ve seen before, but it can also be a little… over the top. Now, take a deep breath as I walk you through how it all works.

Split-screen works in both portrait and landscape mode, with the two ‘windows’ only being resizable in portrait mode. App developers can set their own minimum app height, but in landscape mode you’re stuck with a 50/50 width split, which actually makes sense.

Split-screen works in both portrait and landscape mode, with the two 'windows' only being resizable in portrait mode.

Split-screen mode can be activated by long-pressing the app overview/recent apps button while in an app proper. It can also be activated by long-pressing an app preview card in the app picker and dragging it to the top of the screen. You can even enable a gesture action so it launches when you swipe up on the overview button. So far, so many options.

That first app will then appear in the top window (or on the left if you’re in landscape mode) and you’ll be able to choose your second app from the app picker which displays automatically. Or, when the app picker is displayed in the secondary window, you can tap Home to launch an app from your home screen or open the app drawer.

Think of it like this: the app up top (or on the left in landscape mode) is the primary app, the other app is secondary and it is the one that can be changed easily. With this in mind, you’ll always want to start multi-window mode with the app you’re less likely to want to change.

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Quick switching apps is the best

The quick app switching action is possibly my favorite Nougat feature of all.

Quick switching is basically just shuffling between the two most recently used apps. It works system-wide, so you can quick switch whenever you’re in a full-screen app and you can also use it in the secondary window of split-screen mode.

Simply double tap the app overview button and you’ll switch between your two most recent apps in your secondary window. (The same gesture flips between full-screen apps when not in split-screen mode.)

The presence of the quick switching action – possibly my favorite Nougat feature of all – thus means you can triple task in multi-window mode. For example, you can be watching a YouTube video in the top window and quick switch between two social feeds in the bottom. Or you can be composing an email in the top pane while simultaneously switching between a note app and a web page in the bottom window. It’s actually pretty awesome.

Working with split-screen mode

Speaking of writing, multi-window mode is pretty smart when it comes to the keyboard. If you have two evenly-spaced windows up and need to type into one (say, a URL or search term), the windows will automatically resize to accommodate the keyboard and then automatically switch back when the keyboard is off screen again. You can also cleanly drag and drop text between the two windows although this doesn’t work with every app.

Split-screen mode is a mix of intuitive and useful ideas mixed with inconsistency and confusion.

Exiting split-screen mode is quite intuitive also: just drag the black divider all the way up to go full screen with the app on the bottom or drag all the way down for the app on the top. Alternatively, you can long-press the app overview button again and your primary app will go full screen.

Hitting the Home button while in split screen mode pushes your apps off screen but you’ll always know you’ve got split-screen mode activated because your status bar will retain the color of the primary app and the overview button will change to a split-screen icon. Double tapping the overview button will return you to your current split-screen setup while tapping it once will bring back your primary app and replace the secondary app with the app picker.

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When split-screen mode gets weird

One final comment on multi-window mode might give you an idea of how good, but slightly odd, this Nougat feature is. When you have a Chrome tab open in split screen mode, tapping the overflow button provides a new option called ‘Move to other window’ which will then open a second Chrome tab in the other split screen pane – this is really great.

But, depending on the size of your two split-screen Chrome windows, opening up the tab view will either cascade your tabs vertically or horizontally – and this is just kinda weird. It makes sense, I guess, but it’s definitely strange. Not being able to consistently drag and drop text with all apps, not having all apps support split-screen mode and inconsistencies like this Chrome example (and other bugs I’ve found) show it is still not quite polished.

Google clearly also has a few remaining issues with split-screen content resizing too. Now, the font size and width changes depending on how tall each window is. This is fine. But, for example, opening Gmail first followed by Google Play leaves parts of the Play Store search bar cut off (which you can see in the screenshot below).

Resizing the windows fixes this visual glitch but it’s a bug that should have never made it to the final release, especially after months and months of developer previews. (The some-have-it-some-don’t Night Mode is another example of how Google seems to have slightly run out of time with Nougat.)

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The million dollar question

If you’ve managed to follow me this far you’ve probably got a pretty good idea of just how useful split-screen mode can be if only you take the time to actually learn how to use it (there are no pop-up tutorials or anything for the feature). The question is though: will it actually catch on?

Unfortunately, the vast majority simply won't ever take the time to figure split-screen mode out properly.

Unfortunately for Google, the vast majority of Android users simply won’t ever take the time to figure it all out. Furthermore, the usefulness of split-screen mode on a 5.5-inch smartphone display is debatable and dwindling tablet usage means Nougat’s split-screen mode may never get as much use as it rightfully deserves. If you are rocking a tablet with Nougat though, you’re in for a treat.


Not everything in Nougat is so convoluted though. Some features are plain, simple and intuitive. From new feature additions to tweaks on Marshmallow staples, Nougat does a lot of things better than its predecessor.

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Notifications: redesigned, bundled and Quick Reply-able

The notifications area in Nougat has received a slight makeover, doing away with the Google Now-esque cards from Marshmallow and going super flat and full-width. You get more information and less wasted space in them too, which is exactly what you want from a notification. Likewise, bundled notifications and Quick Reply are so obvious and so useful it’s surprising they haven’t appeared in stock Android until now.

Bundled notifications and Quick Reply are so obvious and so useful it's surprising they haven't appeared until now.

There are basically three views to Nougat notifications: the super-compact lock screen view, the slightly-more-information notifications shade view, and the expanded view with ‘quick actions’, which you access by swiping down on a notification or by tapping the top part of the notification itself. Quick actions are what I’m calling Nougat’s sexy new Quick Reply feature and other similar functions.

Quick Reply is simply the ability to reply to a message directly from its notification without having to open the app fully. It’s a fantastic feature and one that will save you a lot of time and endless app switching.

But quick actions go beyond just replying: you can also share, delete, archive and more directly from a notification. These actions make Nougat’s notifications area a much more active and responsive place. But again, not all apps support this functionality yet either.

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Notification prioritization

You can still swipe to dismiss notifications and tell Android how much notification information to display on the lock screen in the Notifications area of the Settings (Sounds also has its own dedicated section in Nougat). But you can also long-press a notification to access its priority settings or swipe it a little to the side and tap the gear icon to access your options.

You can choose to show notifications silently, block all notifications or don't silence or block.

The choices are simple: show notifications silently; block all notifications; don’t silence or block. You can also enter the full app settings page where you have even more control, including whitelisting the app to notify you even when Do Not Disturb mode is on (but more on that later).

Multiple notifications from the same app will now get bundled together too, saving more space and allowing you to dismiss them en masse or expand them for individual attention.

System UI Tuner is back

For those of you that preferred the ‘sliding scale’ for setting the importance of app notifications from the developer previews, you can easily enable it in System UI Tuner via Power notification controls.

To add System UI Tuner to your Settings menu, just tap and hold the gear icon in the Quick Settings until it spins and your device vibrates. You’ll now find it at the bottom of the Settings menu. System UI Tuner also contains the toggle for the split-screen swipe-up gesture and toggles for which icons are visible in the status bar. You also find some Do Not Disturb options there.

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Customizable Quick Settings

Quick Settings in Nougat have also been updated. For starters, you’ll now always have a handy list of five toggles at the top of your notifications shade. You can edit the order of this list to make sure only the most important shortcuts for you are present. The small arrow on the right hand side will take you to the full Quick Settings page, which you can also access with the familiar two-finger swipe-down gesture from the top of the screen.

Nougat introduces a handy list of five toggles that are always present at the top of your notifications shade.

You can now have multiple pages of tiles too. Some of them instantly toggle a setting on or off, like the flashlight, Do Not Disturb mode and Location. Other tiles, like Bluetooth and Wi-Fi, can be tapped to access a mini menu right in the Quick Settings.

The ability to turn Bluetooth and Wi-Fi off must now be done from the mini-menu, even after the uproar about removing the tap-to-toggle functionality in the developer previews. Fortunately though, you can toggle Wi-Fi and Bluetooth on or off via the ever-present Quick Settings toggles at the top of the notifications shade. Long-pressing a tile will take you to its full Settings menu screen.

In the full Quick Settings list you can also tap the Edit button at the bottom right to rearrange the tiles or replace them with others. The optional extras list is pretty minimal: just Cast, Data Saver, Invert colors and Hotspot. But developers are now able to create custom Quick Settings tiles for their apps, which will definitely make things a lot more interesting in the coming months.

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Doze Mode on the Go

Some of you might remember how happy I was when the battery shortcut appeared in the developer previews, which meant a long-press on the battery icon would instantly take you to the full battery section in Settings. That’s here and I’m happy. But that’s not the most exciting battery feature in Nougat by a long shot.

Doze Mode now works not only when the device is stationary for a while but also when it is in motion.

Doze Mode has now been beefed up to work not only when the device is stationary for a while but also when it is in motion. Your screen needs to be off, obviously, but you’ll now get to enjoy varying degrees of Doze whenever your phone isn’t being used. It’s a little too early to say just how much better Doze is in Nougat, but the expanded functionality alone is appreciated.

The new two-layer system essentially means that a phone left in your pocket or bag while you’re on the move will shut down network access and only periodically sync data and run tasks. When a device is completely stationary for a while, it will slip into an even deeper hibernation, with no syncing, deferred jobs, no wakelocks and no GPS or Wi-Fi scanning. In this mode, the maintenance windows are even further spread out.

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Multi-language support, emoji and app links

Nougat now lets you set multiple locales as well as a primary and secondary language – and switch easily between them – which is obviously a huge deal for bi-lingual Android users and frequent travelers. You also have full control over how much information is displayed on-screen with the addition of a simple DPI changer in the Display settings.

Slide to the left to fit more stuff on screen and to the right to make everything bigger. This is another simple but excellent feature to have in stock Android, previously requiring an edit to the device’s build.prop file. It’ll come in extra-handy on big-screen phones and tablets.

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There’s 72 new emoji in Nougat including various skin tones courtesy of Unicode 9 and the wallpaper picker allows you to set an image as a home screen wallpaper, lock screen wallpaper or both. But perhaps best of all, you can now pin your favorite apps to the top of the share picker. Just long-press them from the share picker menu.

There's 72 new emoji in Nougat including various skin tones and over 1500 emoji total.

You can still pin apps to your screen (great for when temporarily sharing your phone with someone), define which apps open particular types of links (now known as Opening links in the Apps section of the Settings menu), and manage individual app permissions as you could with Marshmallow.


Android Nougat isn’t just about making things better or more complex though. A lot of work has been put into speeding Android up, a far greater project you can see Google-wide, from Chrome optimization and Accelerated Mobile Pages to Google Fiber and the Wing drone delivery project.

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New Settings menu

The Settings menu has been reconfigured in Android 7.0, with the two primary changes being the addition of a hamburger menu on the left and the presence of high-order information under each Settings section title. The first of these is going to be very familiar: it’s the same mechanism you’re used to for accessing Google Now and the navigation drawer in many Google apps.

Although you can access it anytime, once you’re in a sub-menu in Settings you’ll see the hamburger menu icon at the top left, which replaces the need for the back button. Tap it (or swipe from the left edge) and you can jump to any other part of the Settings menu instantly without having to repeatedly tap the back arrow.

Even when you can’t see the icon, like in the Advanced Wi-Fi Settings or on the main Settings page, you can still swipe it out. It’s a handy ‘quick escape’ feature even if it’s not likely to be used by many people. Like a lot of new features in Android 7.0 you can use it if you want to, but if not, you won’t even notice it’s there.

The essential information contained in each Settings section is now displayed on the main page.

The best part of the new Settings menu though is that the essential information contained in each Settings section is now displayed right there on the main page. You’ll instantly know which Wi-Fi network or Bluetooth device you’re connected to, how many apps you have installed, how much storage you’ve used and how much longer your battery is expected to last. It’s a small addition perhaps, but another massive time saver.

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There’s a new Suggestions area at the top of the Settings menu, where you’ll intermittently see suggestions from the Android system about a variety of things. From reminding you to use voice search, register a fingerprint, add email accounts or change your wallpaper, you can act on them or minimize and ignore them at will. If you want to get rid of the section entirely, just tap the overflow menu and remove all Suggestions.

When you’ve got Do Not Disturb mode (or several other settings like Flight Mode) enabled, you’ll also see a persistent reminder at the top of your Settings menu where you can also turn it off. The built-in file manager – found in Storage > Explore – has been slightly rejigged too, using a tiled layout now instead of the list view you got in Marshmallow.

In Nougat, when you go to the App Info page for apps you’ve installed yourself you’ll now be able to see whether they came from Google Play or were side-loaded. This probably won’t matter to most folks, but it will help if you’re wondering why an app hasn’t been updated recently or if you’re troubleshooting something.

Sounds and Notifications now have their own dedicated Settings areas and you can set your phone to Total Silence via the Do Not Disturb toggle in Quick Settings (but not via the volume button).

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Do Not Disturb

Do Not Disturb has been one of the most complicated implementations of any Android feature in recent memory. If nothing else, continued exposure to it means the basic idea has probably slowly started to sink in by now though. If you can wrap your head around it, it can actually save you a lot of time and effort when you don’t want to be interrupted.

Do Not Disturb settings allow you to choose from Total Silence, Alarms Only and Priority Only for a short period of time or indefinitely, as well as set exceptions.

The Do Not Disturb settings allow you to choose from Total Silence, Alarms Only and Priority Only. You can set exceptions for Priority Only mode to allow certain notifications in, enable Do Not Disturb mode for a set period of time or indefinitely, create automatic rules for the weekend, evenings or work hours and also block visual disturbances like LED notifications or on-screen pop-ups.

Data Saver

Data Saver is not exactly rocket-science, but it does put the tools in your hands rather than in those of app developers. Data Saver basically lets you deny internet access to background apps when you’re connected to cellular data. You’ll also get a large reminder at the top of the Settings menu when Data Saver is enabled to remind you it’s active.

Data Saver denies internet access to background apps when you're connected to cellular data.

Enabling Data Saver – which is accessible both as a Quick Settings toggle or via the Data area in Settings – will limit background syncing to when you’re connected to Wi-Fi. Of course, you can whitelist any apps you want to have unrestricted network access (like email or WhatsApp) even when Data Saver is switched on.

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Seamless updates

Speaking of updates, Android Nougat is also introducing the concept of seamless updates, which essentially means new Android updates will be downloaded in the background and stored on a different system partition. It’s the same approach to upgrading that Chromebooks take.

The 2016 Nexuses will be the first devices to receive Nougat's seamless updates.

Once an update has been downloaded in the background, the next time you restart your phone, the system will switch partitions and you’ll instantly have the new Android updates without having to go through the usual download, reboot and install process.

Unfortunately, the 2016 Nexuses will be the first devices to receive these seamless updates though. That means you won’t get them on any current device, including the Nexus 6P and Nexus 5X.


Maintenance updates and the beta program

For those of you on the Android N beta program, you might want to stay on it even now that Nougat is officially out. Google has announced that regular Maintenance Release (MR) updates will be rolling out in pre-release form to those on the beta program. The pre-release MRs will bring “continued refinements and polish,” but also deliver bug fixes and feature tweaks before everyone else gets them.

As with all beta releases though, these might also be less stable than the regular updates everyone else will get. If you’re the type that simply must have the latest and greatest as soon as possible and are willing to suffer the occasional bug to get them, then the beta program is for you. Everyone else can just sit tight and wait for the regular public releases to roll out.

Camera shortcuts

The update to the Google Camera that comes with Nougat on Nexus devices also adds a new twist gesture to switch between front and back cameras. Unlike on Moto devices, it can’t be used to launch the camera so it only works when the camera app is already open.

Fortunately, the outstandingly handy power button shortcut returns, so all you need to do to instantly launch the camera is double press the power button. You may need to enable this feature in the Display settings first though.

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Recent apps changes

The recent apps menu, or app overview, or multitasking menu or whatever you want to call it, has also been slightly modified in Android 7.0. Cards are now larger and there’s fewer of them, meaning the potentially endless list we had in Marshmallow has been trimmed down to something a little more realistic. The Android system itself can now remove long-unused apps from the list.

A handy Clear all button has been added to the very top of your card stack so you can clear up the clutter and tell Nougat that it can close any associated app processes. If you use it on the regular, it will also make switching between your most recent apps a much easier-to-navigate affair.

These changes, along with other time savers like the Quick Settings mini-toggles, camera shortcuts and the quick app switching feature really start to add up.

Time savers like the Quick Settings mini-toggles, camera shortcuts and the quick app switching feature really start to add up.

Vulkan, Java 8 and OpenJDK

Nougat officially adds support for the Vulkan API, which promises faster, smoother and better rendered gaming graphics. I won’t go into details because we’ve covered Vulkan elsewhere in greater detail, just know that it comes from the same folks responsible for OpenGL and that OpenGL remains in Nougat.

Game developers can simply choose from the higher performance and complexity of Vulkan or stick with the easier-to-implement but less intense OpenGL standard. It’s a win-win for gamers and developers alike, even if Vulkan will take a while to spread.

Nougat also supports Java 8. Java 8 really only applies to developers, so I won’t do a hatchet job here trying to explain why it’s a good thing. Sleep well knowing it allows developers to do better things with code though. Finally, Nougat makes the move from Java APIs to an OpenJDK-based approach, which maybe doesn’t matter so much considering Google just beat Oracle in court.

What is JIT anyway?

You know how on Lollipop and Marshmallow when you rebooted you’d have to wait ages while the system ‘optimized apps?’ That’s because back in Lollipop, Android made the switch from the Dalvik virtual machine to the Android Runtime (ART) which compiles apps ahead-of-time. While this meant apps launched faster once you were booted, rebooting itself took forever because all your apps had to be compiled first.

JIT means a faster booting phone and apps that use less RAM, require less storage and get updated faster.

Android 7.0 switches things up a little, re-introducing just-in-time (JIT) compilation to ART’s repertoire. In simple terms, this means the Android system will pre-compile some apps but only compile parts of other apps when they are actually required. The result is a faster booting phone, apps that use less RAM, require less storage and get updated faster. Not bad, huh?


No Android update would be complete without security improvements either. Android 7.0 has a lot of stuff going on, from hardening the media stack so as to deny future Stagefright-style media library privilege escalations, to simply letting you know from where an app was installed. But Nougat also has a few safety-minded features as well as serious security advancements.

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Direct Boot

Direct Boot in Android Nougat aims to take that limbo stage between booting up and decrypting your device and make it a little more useful. Imagine your phone randomly reboots without you knowing and you then miss an alarm and several important notifications? Well, Nougat will now boot all the way to the lock screen before requiring a PIN or pattern unlock to decrypt, allowing select information to still be delivered to an encrypted device.

Direct Boot means you’ll still be able to receive incoming calls, get notifications, hear alarms and see new emails while your private information remains secure. You just have to wait for developers to add Direct Boot support to their apps and hopefully not abuse the privilege. Direct Boot will never get a pat on the head in the same way as split-screen mode will, but it’s arguably more useful for the average person.

Direct Boot means you'll still be able to receive incoming calls, get notifications and hear alarms while your private information remains secure.

File-based encryption

I know, these topics are getting less and less sexy as we go on, but it’s important stuff, so stick with me, OK? Encryption is a really big deal. If the San Bernardino iPhone case didn’t already make you aware of that, Google wants to make sure Android Nougat does.

Suffice it to say that Android 7.0 moves to a file encryption basis as opposed to Marshmallow’s full disk encryption system. This means there is now a clear distinction between device-encrypted content (like generic system data) and file-encrypted content (like app and user data). What this means for you is that your personal stuff is better protected while boring system stuff can be made more useful.

Android 7.0 moves to a file encryption basis from full disk encryption in Marshmallow.

As an example, Direct Boot accesses device-encrypted data that allows it to boot all the way to the lock screen. But device-encrypted data can also include explicitly registered app data like incoming notifications and calls. Everything else is safely encrypted at the file level, further securing your data.

The new Nexuses will support file encryption and Direct Boot automatically, but everyone else will have to enable Developer options and select Convert to file encryption, which will wipe your data in the process. You will now see a lock screen system notification on Direct Boot that reads ‘Some functionality may be limited’.

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Number blocking/call screening

Android 7.0 features an advanced number blocking and call screening platform that provides users with complete control over unwanted callers and unknown numbers. Carrier integration also means numbers you’ve blocked through the dialer can be blocked via all mediums, including VOIP and call forwarding. Number blocking can also block texts and allow multiple apps to use the blocked numbers list for more system-wide blocking support.

Managing app folder access

Additionally, Nougat adds fine-grained control over what folders installed apps can access. Before, you kind of granted apps access to everything, but now you can limit their access to files in much the same way as you can manage their permissions. ‘Scoped directory access’ allows app developers to specifically request access to individual folders rather than all of your folders – another win-win.

Similarly, in the Special access part of the Apps section settings, you can tap through a multitude of restricted areas like Modify system settings, Draw over other apps, Premium SMS access and Unrestricted data access to see which apps have requested access and toggle that access on or off. This is just one of the many user-facing controls in Android 7.0.

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Emergency info

Android Nougat can add emergency information to your lock screen. Simply go to Settings > Users > Emergency information to add the kinds of data you’d want any first responders knowing, like your blood type, name and address and any allergies. Keep in mind though that this information will also be visible to anyone that happens to pick up or steal your phone.

Better backups and Accessibility settings

With Nougat, even simple things like app backups are improved because they now cover app permissions, network access settings, restrictions and accessibility settings. Accessibility on Android 7.0 has been stepped up too, with Accessibility settings being available during device setup, an obvious plus for anyone needing those features front and center. Variable text-to-speech speed and mono output for those with single-ear hearing loss are great additions, as is the DPI slider for resizing on-screen content.

Android for Work

To round out the I-can’t-believe-you-made-it-this-far section, Android 7.0 adds quite a few new features for Android for Work. From an always-on VPN to a Work Mode setting that lets you block work-related notifications once you’ve clocked off for the day.

You’ll obviously need a device with an Android for Work profile set up on it, but if you do, you’ll be able to enjoy fun stuff like ready access to the company directory and additional security features for work-related apps that won’t affect the rest of the device. Woohoo.

Android 7.0 Nougat review - Night Mode settings


In the leftover pile we have an assortment of stuff, from Allo and Daydream to Night Mode and VR. To run through them quickly, Google Assistant won’t appear until the new Nexuses arrive with Allo on board (we’re not even sure we’ll see Allo released as a standalone app before then).

While Nougat officially supports both Daydream VR and Project Tango, that won’t really matter until we start seeing Nougat appear on Daydream-ready devices and the Tango phone. Various mentions of VR mode already exist, but they don’t do much yet. We also don’t have any Daydream headsets for the Nexus 6P either, assuming it will indeed support full blown Daydream VR.

Android’s blue-light filtering Night Mode is another weird one. A piece of leftover code from the first developer preview meant Night Mode stuck around in the previews as long as you kept accepting the OTA updates and didn’t flash a new factory image.

Strangely, Night Mode, which was removed in the developer previews, still appears for some people in the final build of Nougat.

Oddly, Night Mode still appears for some people in the final build of Nougat, although its functionality seems to be a little wonky depending on who’s using it. A new app has appeared to bring it back fully (as all the relevant code remains in Nougat), but again, even that’s not working for everyone. Hopefully Google will fix those performance issues and bring it back officially in the next MR update.

Finally, there are a couple of new features in Developer options that are actually pretty useful to regular folks if you’re willing to risk breaking things in order to make use of them. You can now tell Android to allow an app to be moved to the SD card even if the app’s manifest values say it can’t be.

Furthermore, you can tell the system to force any app to appear in split-screen mode, even if it hasn’t been designed to do so. Of course, the Google Camera – the most obvious non-split-screen-friendly app of them all – is somehow exempted from this kind of coercion.

Android 7.0 Nougat review - split-screen mode apps overview


If you’ve made it this far then you’ll be painfully aware of just how few sexy and exciting “general audience” features Android Nougat has and just how many boring but ultimately more-useful-for-everyone nerd-features it packs in instead. There is a lot of customization potential in stock Android now, more than there has ever been before, but it is perhaps wisely kept out of mainstream view.

Nougat adds some great features, the kind of stuff we used to have to turn to custom ROMs, manufacturer skins or third-party apps to get. But most of these will only really ever be used by advanced users – either because they are too complicated for the ‘average user’ or because most people will never even realize they even exist.

This is perhaps, the best way to sum up Android 7.0 Nougat. It’s an Android version for Android fans. It does the basics well and without much fuss for everyone, but for those of us willing to dig around or with an eye on the future, there’s plenty to keep us busy. It’s remarkably stable with only a few inconsistencies and bugs: certainly the fewest I’ve ever seen on a new Android version.

But while it may be harder, better, faster, stronger for the Nexus master race, for the vast majority of Android users, the most important Nougat feature will be how well it works if or when they ever actually get it on their device.

When do you expect to see Nougat? What is the one feature it misses out on?

  • vmxr

    having a choose between dark theme and light theme would be nice

  • Rameez

    Double Tap?

  • dk

    vulkan api?

    • Ricko

      It is still on developement

      • GreaterLesser

        The Vulkan API should be complete by the end of summer at the latest – Just in time that it could be included in Android N before it’s official release. Though there is no official here say, Vulkan might be completed before then to match the launch date of AMD’s new GPUs.

      • It will be ready in the upcoming months, there is time for Android N release :D

      • ConCal

        So is N ,so likely it will arrive with N.

    • Diego


    • PlanetVaster

      1.0 was released a couple days ago :)

  • HeatFan786

    Stylus support would be nice, but it is more than just having mere support. The software has to implement it in some useful ways. I am not going to use a stylus just for the sake of having the ability to tap on a screen. Samsung is the leader for stylus support right now.

    • calden74

      There are already third-party apps that give out this info, Android also has a battery chart that reveals which apps are the problematic ones. Using permissions you can pretty much nip everything battery draining in the butt. The last thing we want is for Android to stop allowing apps to run in the background, this isn’t iOS. You can also completely switch this off already under development settings, you can even limit the amount of apps running in the background by a certain number, mine is set to 5.

  • robert johnson

    how about work on the camera software. It’s very basic in my opinion. It should have a little more features, like pause while recording, and easy access to camera adjustments.

    • The camera is just an app, they could update it at any time. I agree though that it’s severely lacking in features and quality.

      • charlos64

        I think the camera app depends on an API. The API has been updated since lollipop. Maybe they want to support old Android versions.

        • And ignore the new versions?

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    • Sebastian Nuñez Del Prado

      I’ve had pause while recording for years. But then again I’ve had Samsung phones. So there’s always more features.

    • dimitris aspetakis

      I would do almost anything to get a manual mode for the stock camera app. Oh, and better EIS ???

    • Ettercap

      Wow yea I’ve had top tier Samsung devices for so long I forgot your average android device doesn’t have these features… pause while recording, manual mode in the stock camera app, a modern UI all things a modern Samsung phone has.

      Even my Galaxy S3 has Native Multi-Window, stock Android is just now getting this feature? I got my Galaxy S3 in 2012 that’s freaking 4 years ago.

      I’m sorry but how are many of these new features?

    • Jeffry Suputra

      this is for smartphone, that mean it will take care almost everything automatically. if you want a manual mode for your smartphone camera app, why you dont just go buy a DSLR, nad well my xperia doing great with its camera it has manual mode but its not fully manual, and it works great

  • Diego

    I think I will buy a nexus just to try the beta.
    Looks damn cool if ya ask me.

  • wicketr

    PLEASE give better control for sandboxing apps that run in the background that have NO reason to have background tasks running. Also allow us to more easily tell which apps are causing wakelocks and causing battery drain. Too many apps like Facebook appear to be fine, but are hiding their CPU/battery draining traits in Android. Shine a light on those rats!!

  • Matt

    Really hoping that Google Messenger gets support for instant messaging and simply recognises others by phone number or email address.

    • GreaterLesser

      I hope it gets the delayed messaging feature that’s so popular in other 3rd party SMS/MMS apps

    • Sammy Phillips

      Yes. SMS is so outdated.

  • Erik Garcia

    “Everybody’s talkin about Android N & I’m still here waiting for marshmallow on my Note 5….”

    • reallydude?

      The joys of the Android market. Too bad that Google can’t tighten the reigns a little and require OEMs to update more frequently :/

      • Marty

        Here’s how that might go:

        Umm…sir…umm…could you…umm…I mean…umm…maybe could you…umm…probably…umm…update your software…umm…maybe, I think…umm…more sooner often…umm…if you want…umm…but no big deal…umm…maybe?

        NO! Shut up!

        Ohh, okay…umm…no problem…I think. Thanks.

        • Diego

          comment of the year.

        • Dominick Oranika

          Definitely comment of the year, lmfao

        • Blue Cao

          Def comment of the year. haha

          Though Jobs didn’t have to worry about that problem.

      • DDD

        When so much of their income comes from Android being run on other OEM’s phones, Google has little leverage.

        • reallydude?

          I understand that, that’s why I said too bad they can’t. They especially have little leverage since it is an open source platform.

        • Marty

          Umm…just exactly what income are you referring to? Google only charges a license fee to use its proprietary apps. And Google doesn’t sell Android…it’s free to all.

          Other than ad revenue in the search app and their Play services apps, there really isn’t much income from Android.

          • DDD

            You completely missed the point. Completely. I never mentioned how much they got from Android, but what percentage they get from other OEMS.

          • Marty


          • DDD

            I literally just stated it.

          • Marty

            So you are saying Google earns monies from Samsung, Sony, LG, HTC and all other OEMs that make and sell Android devices? If that is what you are saying, my question is: What is the money coming to Google for?

          • DDD

            Wow. Google makes money through Android and most Android devices are owned by other OEMs.

          • Marty

            The only money Google makes through Android is advertising revenue…in Google’s own apps.

          • DDD

            Is it still not through Android?

          • Marty

            Yes, of course, through Android.

          • DDD

            So, your confusion about what I initially said is what exactly?

          • Marty

            No confusion. But, since you didn’t let it go but chose to antagonize, there is no “percentage” as you called it, as though Google makes money directly from the Android OS usage by OEMs.

            Google makes money from the advertisements placed in Android apps, not in Android phones. This ad revenue is not OEM dependant. Google doesn’t charge OEMs any fee for each ad placed. An advertiser contracts with Google to place an ad in one or more of Google’s apps, but not in specific OEM Android devices.

            What you alluded to was OEMs paying Google a “percentage” as though Google was charging a fee or even a set amount. They are not, other than to use Google’s proprietary apps…and I’ve read they have discontinued even that small fee. Google doesn’t get this fee on each Android device sold. The fee is to the OEM, and only as a license just once.

          • DDD

            I chose to actually try to explain myself, not antagonize. Your comprehension skills are either piss poor.

            If the other OEM’s switch to another OS, Google loses all the ad revenue they currently get from them. The only phone that one could argue belongs to Google is the Nexus line and they don’t make up a large part of the Android market. They’d have pretty much nothing. So if they try to do anything vast, OEMs like Samsung can threaten to switch to another OEM, leaving Google with nothing.

            You really should learn to read, before trying to sound like a smartass.

          • Marty

            This is the last thing I’m going to say on the matter so read well. Google doesn’t make ad revenue from OEMs. Never did, never will. Google makes ad revenue from advertisers. Ads are placed in Google services like the Play Store, Search and so forth. Those services are in devices running Android. If Samsung stopped making Android devices, Google wouldn’t lose any ad revenue because Google already has all the monies they charged from advertisers. Google doesn’t charge OEMs for anything.

            If you choose to respond with insults and a childish, impertinent attitude, I won’t be replaying back.

          • DDD

            Advertisers pay according to the user base they reach. An advertiser won’t pay the same amount if Android’s user base drops drastically. An ad being shown on a local station in a small town won’t be near the cost of one on a national station.

            Frankly, I don’t care if that’s the last thing you say. You keep yapping about OEMs paying Google directly or Google charging OEMs, when I never said they did. When you keep responding with your ridiculous condescending attitude, I’ll have no problem with you not saying anything. I’d rather deal with someone who isn’t going to attack a strawman despite me explaining/offering to explain my argument.

          • Dang ol’ boomhauer man

            The particulars of the operating systems of web users has no meaning or impact to advertising.
            An ad is an ad whether it is displayed in Chrome, Internet Explorer or goddamn Safari.
            The number of Android users has nothing to do with ad revenue

          • DDD

            I know the browser doesn’t matter. That’s not exactly what I was referring to. The ad revenue they get from Android can be separated from the revenue coming from non-Android devices.

          • Dang ol’ boomhauer man

            Google doesn’t really care if Samsung uses their OS or not.

            It’s like this: you can run Android, or you can run Windows. Lol
            iOS belongs to Apple, so good luck using that. Windows mobile has no apps and only has a customer base of 5% of the world. So what now Samsung?

            Ohhhh are you going to switch to Tizen?

          • Hans Pedersen

            Oracle “accidentally” leaked info that Google has made something like a 22 billion dollar profit from Android so far. I think Google is happy with how Android is set up at the moment; zero liability, massive income.

          • Neil Sugarbush

            Actually that leak, while it sounds large, highlighted how very little Google was making on the Android ecosystem.

          • Hans Pedersen

            Yup, $22 billions in pure profits on software they’re practically giving away… I would hate being in that boat.

        • devilreaper

          Google doesn’t make that much money on the android software side of things. As a matter of fact Microsoft makes money off android more than google. Some weird copyright or patent thing I guess. Not really sure about whether it is true or not.

        • Dominick Oranika

          Why can’t google be like cyanogenmod? optional updates every single day. More features than google feeds us

          • DDD

            Well Google has to work on Android itself. CM only has to work on extra features on top of Android.

        • Which (again) speaks to the prescience that Steve Jobs had. He recognized that ceding even an OUNCE of control to manufacturers or service providers would destroy rollout of new and meaningful features.

          It’s a shame people had (or still have) such a hard on against the guy, because time and again, history has proven him not only right, but damn near clairvoyant.

          • DDD

            The thing is, he didn’t just take control from service providers, he took it away from users also. iOS is bolted down.
            I’m a fan of customization. None of my devices remain stock unless I’m forced to, which would be the case with an iPhone. Plus, only being able to get the option of two devices with iOS sucks.

        • Neil Sugarbush

          Sadly, most of Google’s income comes from ad revenues. Android could wash up and go away tomorrow with very little impact on their bottom line.

      • yankeesusa

        Supposedly they will be tightening control in the next version.

        • Dominick Oranika

          we’ll see. unless you have a galaxy note 5 then you’ll see. two years from now.

      • FG11

        Both Android and iOS are pretty much useless and boring. Plus pretty much laggy. Oh come on. Very well. How about if they put an address to their phones more. Like iPhone6SLaggy or Samsung S7EdgeLaggy. Pretty da mn useless.

      • FG11

        I feel really regretful for buying such crappy high?-end? Phones? Really? You call that High?. Maybe a High Laggy-end phone probably.

    • Terrence Thompkins

      A lot of these coming features are already in your Note 5. LOL

    • Jillxz

      Yep and I’m still waiting. This is why my next phone will be an iPhone

      • God Father

        Don’t do that. You’ll regret. When an Android user is given an iPhone, it just feels a piece of unusable crap. Instead go for a nexus flagship like nexus 6p and you’ll get updates first on your phone.

        • Gideon Waxfarb

          So if I want a real Android flagship that gets timely updates, I’m reduced to ONE phone (or maybe two if you count the Moto X Pure) that is a whale.


          • PlanetVaster

            Yeah, and if you want iPhone you have 1 phone so same :P

          • Gideon Waxfarb

            Well, at least the one iPhone I have to choose from isn’t a half-assed, mid-range device.

          • Dang ol’ boomhauer man

            Lol. Did you mean to say that the other way around?
            I’m confused, seeing as the iPhone STILL has a dual core processor, only 2 GB RAM and JUST NOW getting a 1080p display whereas every other flagship had 2K displays and 3-4 GB RAM a year ago

          • Sean Koppie

            hey! the iphone got nfc with the iphone 6 they are catching up :P

          • monsterdonutkid

            Hardly relevant. On-paper specs are only as good as daily usage. Apple devices have been reported to perform well despite the seemingly low-end hardware. If that works from them, then it’s all good. I’ve never owned anything iOS by the way. I’ve been an Android guy since the contemporaneous events The Fall of Nokia and The Death of Symbian.

      • Monty

        Oh Marshmallow in your next iPhone? :O

      • SnakeSplitskin

        Why are you waiting? If you have a Samsung phone that means you already have all the features that Marshmallow could provide. There’s absolutely no reason you would have to upgrade other than the fact that you could boast having the latest Android version which is totally meaningless

        • Airyl

          There’s plenty of reasons to want an update.

          • SnakeSplitskin

            Yes, there were so many that you couldn’t name a single one that’s actually relevant.

      • Airyl


    • calden74

      Why haven’t you installed Cynoganmod 13 yet, first you’ll get updates for at least 5 years, something that Samsung will never do as your lucky if you get 2 updates in the entire life of the phone, their just absolutely horrible at this. CM 13 is a lot faster, requires literally half the memory foot print as TouchWiz, doesn’t include the almost 2GB of useless apps and other files Samsung includes in their phones, you have a switch to turn root on and off at will, the list of disadvantages just keeps going. Ditch TouchWiz, install CM 13, finally get your Marshmallow treat, the S5 will most likely ever get an update. Yes, Samsung announced it however if history shows us anything, Samsung will most likely not come through on the promise. They announced a Lollipop, friggen Lollipop, update for my Tab Pro 10.1 last January, it’s now Febuary 2016. Though I’ve already moved on to CM and couldn’t be happier, if you still want some of those Samsung apps, you can install them later as all of the binaries are available. Touchwiz is an absolute horrid Android build.

      • Necdet Ali Özdür

        Cyanogenmod isn’t officially available for Exynos powered devices.

      • Obi Alfred

        How sway? We can put CM on these devices.

      • Sean Koppie

        you have to trip knox and lose Samsung pay to install that. you lose all the samsung gimmicky features as well some that are actually pretty cool. I have cm13 on my g3 but i will not be putting it on my s7. For older phones that are slowing down yes its the way to go.

      • SnakeSplitskin

        What idiot is going to go looking for Cynogenmod for their specific device? No one is looking to buy CM. If they were it would already be installed on phones.

      • Say What??

        I love CM13 but the last device I’ve had where it was actually even 95% stable was on my Droid X.

    • ConCal

      “Next time get a Nexus” -that should be the Nexus Marketing slogan.

      • Gaspar Inostroza Perez

        That’s actually not a bad slogan, lol.

      • SnakeSplitskin

        Why? If you have Samsung you already have all the features that unreleased Nexus phones will have

        • Airyl

          Because Nexus devices are fantastic.

          • SnakeSplitskin

            So fantastic that they’ve consistently outsold every other phone since the inception of the Nexus program. Oh wait, Nexus has never outsold anything.

            How about, Nexus devices are so fantastic that Google has to keep stealing features from other OEMs in order to play catch-up and yet they’re still behind (Galaxy phones). Yeh, that’s more accurate.

          • Dominick Oranika

            still fantastic…

          • denNorske

            It’s not called stealing features – it’s called implementing them for everyone -stock.
            By doing so the OEM’ may focus on their brand-specific stuff instead of the stuff that already has been implemented? :)

          • SnakeSplitskin

            LOL. Split screen was a brand specific feature. You couldn’t get it any where else but Samsung. So yes, Android has definitely stolen this feature. Stylus feature? Yes, that also has been stolen. Samsung’s Note line was the only place you could find this feature. What’s next, edge features? This has nothing to do with making features available for all OEMs and has everything to do with Google attempting to keep their Nexus phone relevant.

          • gywghhb

            And LG and other OEMs

          • SnakeSplitskin

            Um, allow me to qualify. By “split-screen” I meant multi-window. With LG you can only have 2 apps show at once. I don’t believe OEM’s other than Samsung have multi-window. In my opinion, the only real Android players in the US market are Samsung, LG, and HTC, and Motorola. So I’ll reiterate with a correction: multi-window is a brand-specific feature that has been specific to Samsung. It seems Android is trying to catch up but it looks like they are going with “split-screen” rather than multi-window which means it will still fall short of what Samsung offers.

          • Drew Schmitt

            Holy shoot. Calm down, bud. Are you seriously implying a rivalry between “Android” and Samsung?? Seriously? Anyways, Android has stolen nothing. Nexus has not stolen anything. If Samsung wanted to, I’m sure they could’ve patented all of this stuff. However, they didn’t, because they simply don’t care. Samsung could care less whether Android implements stock multi window, stylus support, and even edge features (plus anything else) because then Samsung only has less work to do to add in functionality that is already there, and they can improve upon it to still make their phones great.

          • SnakeSplitskin

            Did my comment contain any expletives or exclamation points? No it did not. So please don’t misuse the “calm down” phrase when it isn’t warranted. And no one is making a rivalry between Samsung and Android. My original remark referenced the fact that Android is playing catch-up to features already available on Samsung phones for the last 3-4 years. What reason would Android have to include these features as opposed to adding features no one has seen before? That’s an easy answer. It’s because it makes the Nexus brand more valuable and more on an equal playing field as OEM flagships. What good would owning a Nexus phone be if it never delivered high-end features to match the higher-end price? No one ever claimed that Samsung cared what features Google added to Android so why you’ve made that a point of debate is really anyone’s guess. So like I said previously, adding these features is Google’s way of making sure the Nexus line remains relevant.

          • denNorske

            Nexus means nothing to Google, in fact they are only co-producing the phones. It’s LG, Huawei (honestly only know them, idk if more) – this was announced for Android, not nexus. Meaning that everyone can use this and will have this. How does it make nexus more relevant? I think it makes all the Android phones more relevant, it’s up to the oem whether to keep it or remove the functionality.
            Rather than thinking that Google makes this for their own good, Samsung is the world biggest company that sells the most Android devices on earth.

            I know that Samsung had the nice idea about multiwindow, but that doesn’t mean others can’t use it. Everyone knows Samsung did it first. It’s just that, it’s not stealing, because this is how development and implementation of new things goes.

          • SnakeSplitskin

            The only thing that means nothing to Google is your comment. Afterall, you have no idea what matters to Google or what doesn’t. It appears that Nexus matters enough to Google that they would put forth the resources necessary to get the program off the ground, maintain it, and spend the extra money to promote it.

            It’s one thing to build an operating system that OEMs can customize to produce their own versions, but it’s another to take those features that the OEMs developed as custom features for their own devices and put it into the operating system. By doing so Google has basically eliminated the ability of OEMs to offer a differentiated software experience. By doing so Google elevates the Nexus brand to the level of other Flagship brands. We know that they care about doing this because of their decisions with the Nexus 6. They went all out with the screen size to compete with the other hotter selling devices AND they changed the pricing. No longer were they opting for a less expensive Nexus device. Their price reflected “flagship level” pricing.

            If you understood anything about marketing you’d know that having features other phones don’t have gives a device more selling points over other devices. By adding features that only a few OEMs have had means that all Android devices will now have those features starting from the bottom tier phones all the way to the top end. This will mean cheaper low-profit phones competing with flagships which will further result in less profits for all Android OEMs. This works in favor of Nexus devices because as a consumer, you may as well just get a Nexus device if all devices have the same feature. This obviously benefits Google more than anyone else.

          • denNorske

            Well, you have a good point on that. It must be because I partly go against Samsung that I like it’s being implemented, in first place. If I’m objective on the case, and take in consideration what you mentioned, it’s right.
            I’m not good at marketing but that makes a whole lot of sense.
            Done is done and let’s see how all this turns out, especially for Samsung :)

          • SnakeSplitskin

            Well, even though I’ve stated repeatedly that Google stole some of Samsung’s features, I do believe it’s a good thing. This will only help or force Samsung to innovate further in order to differentiate their devices. I have no idea what more they could do but I’m sure they’ll come up with something. It will be awhile before Android N is fully released to Nexus devices as a standard upgrade which means Samsung will have time to add some new amazing things to the Note 6 by the time it’s released.

          • denNorske

            Still not stealing. The way Google implements it, and how it works differs a lot from how Samsung used API’s to let applications be resizeable, etc. You can say that they got the idea from Samsung.
            If google implements it correctly they may get it working across multiple applications, even applications that Samsung didn’t bother. Samsung did not have copyright or anything alike, so google may do whatever they like to. Oh and, if you didn’t know, Google is much more than Nexus devices.
            Besides, what’s the problem of implementing it? I mean, today’s devices are pretty high-end and should handle multiple windows/multitasking quite well – so it’s a feature that should have been added a couple of years ago already. I am glad they do it now, it’ll change the way of using tablets for sure :)
            And stop being a kid saying “LOL” – because it has no effect but making you look silly.

          • SnakeSplitskin

            No one ever stated that Google couldn’t do whatever it wanted or that Samsung had a copyright or patent on anything so making that one of your arguments shows just how many straws your grasping for. Keep in mind that Samsung was the first to successfully introduce the phablet and built its overwhelming success in the Android sphere on the phablet concept. It took Apple 3 or 4 years to recognize just how important the feature of a large screen is to the smartphone market. So they stole the idea and released a successful Iphone phablet. It wasn’t their original idea so yeh, they stole the idea from another OEM because not having a larger screen meant giving up sales to the competition. Google has also realized that not having certain features on the Nexus line meant that Nexus phones wouldn’t be competitive. If Nexus phones aren’t competitive then that sort of tarnishes the Android image. So yeh, Google certainly did steal the idea of multi-window (albeit crippled to being limited to just 2 screens) among other features. They even stole the phablet size when they released the Nexus 6, thinking that the market was clamoring for “mega” sized phablets.

            You and I are in agreement that multi-window should have been a standard Nexus feature more than a few years ago. Calling me a kid because I laughed at your senseless arguments in no way detracts from the fact that my points are valid: Google has stolen features from Samsung in recognition that said features are important to placing a smartphone on the flagship pedestal. Nothing about your comments has in any way proven otherwise. And I do find funny that your efforts lack any gravitas or reasoning as it relates to my original comment. This silly kid will continue to “LOL” wherever appropriate.

          • Sentsuizan

            No, LG phones also have it like the G2.

          • SnakeSplitskin

            LG’s implementation started out laggy and is still limited to just 2 windows at a time. Very limited and came after Samsung’s version. By implementing this feature into Google it makes Android phones less differentiated. This is great for Android but will suck for OEMs and consumers.

          • Sentsuizan

            So taking a feature and making it available to everyone, without bloat, is a bad thing?
            All it really does is increase competition because OEMs have to come up with a new selling point.

          • SnakeSplitskin

            First of all, why characterize the feature as something that would be
            added without bloat? It’s already bloat-free and working well on Samsung
            phones. Why would Google need to steal a great feature that one OEM has
            already developed into a great feature? Couldn’t Google come up with a
            new selling point for Android that OEMs haven’t discovered? The lesson
            here is that Google isn’t innovating when they are stealing features
            from existing OEMs.

          • Sentsuizan

            Its not bloat free, since a user would need to have touchwiz, for example. Not to mention it’s then limited to Samsung phones only, or a custom ROM someone might implement.
            That creates fragmentation, which is already a huge problem for android. Adding features as a part of the core OS enables software developers to implement them and reach the maximum number of users. And in the case if thise on older devices, they can get new features where otherwise the carrier or manufacturer may have dropped support. It’s beneficial for literally everybody.

            Samsung gets a boon because their devices can be marketed as cutting edge, as they essentially have timed exclusivity for nothing more than the cost of implementation.

          • SnakeSplitskin

            It is bloat free is said bloat doesn’t effect the performance of the feature. And yes, it’s limited to Samsung phones which is fragmentation, which is why Samsung is able to sell more phones than other OEMs. Fragmentation is what makes Android great. If all phones OEM phones provided the same feature experience as the G5, they wouldn’t sell very much. People like variety and choice. Otherwise they could just get an Iphone.

            There’s nothing wrong with adding features to the Core OS just as long as those features are innovative and originate from Google rather than an OEM. Google should focus on making the Android platform amazing and let OEMs focus on making amazing differentiated features. Google benefits from stealing features proven by an OEM but the OEM doesn’t get any benefit out of the theft. Just imagine if Google did focus on features no other smartphone (including Iphone) possesses. What a truly amazing Android platform we’d have relative to its awesomeness right now. Yet all that R&D and all Google could come up with was a copy of someone else’s feature. At best that’s moving sideways, not forward.

          • Sentsuizan

            “It is bloat free is said bloat doesn’t effect the performance of the feature”
            It is not bloat free when you literally have to install a bunch of bloatware to use it.
            “If all phones OEM phones provided the same feature experience as the G5, they wouldn’t sell very much. ”
            But if Samsung was the only manufacturer who could have a feature, that creates stagnation as they have little reason to make a better product, because if you want whatever feature you have no choice but Samsung. Less competition is bad.

            “There’s nothing wrong with adding features to the Core OS just as long as those features are innovative and originate from Google rather than an OEM”

            And Google adds plenty of those, like Google Now on Tap, sof

            “Google benefits from stealing features proven by an OEM”
            Google doesn’t steal anything. It provides an open implementation of the same feature. This is like saying linux stole from Windows by implementing a window-based UI. Android is on Samsung phones, therefore it’s as if Samsung simply transferred all the maintenance associated with the feature to Google and are free to use their resources to come up with something else new. Their phones will all have the feature for free (because Android is free to distribute), as long as the hardware for it is there.

            It’s a collaborative process that all the different manufacturers, the Android development community, and Google itself all contribute to in order to make a system that benefits everyone. I can put Marshmallow on a GS3, completely free, and get the latest features. Much better than hiding features behind forced upgrades and planned obsolescence like pretty much every phone before Android came along.

          • SnakeSplitskin

            Touchwiz isn’t bloat. Adding features on top of Android isn’t bloat. Fragmentation isn’t a huge problem for Android. If it was, Android wouldn’t be the #1 smartphone OS. I have nothing against adding new features to the core OS. Stealing features made popular by a particular OEM is going in the wrong direction. Google should innovate with their own original creations like they have with On Tap. “timed exclusivity” is complete BS if you’re an OEM that took the time & money to create & improve a feature no one else thought of. Google may be making Android better, but stealing features from OEMs undercuts the reason so many Android phones are sold around the world: OEMs! Notice how the Nexus line of phones don’t even put a dent in the overall number of Android phones sold. It’s because consumers like to have choice & unique features.

          • SnakeSplitskin

            How does that increase competition? I always thought that if one OEM offered a great set of features that another OEM would have to excel with other features to remain competitive. Now all of a sudden, Google cuts the legs out from under an OEM by offering one of its main features as a standard for all Android phones. I didn’t see LG, HTC, or Samsung throw in the towel in 2016 or 2015. The competition was fierce. So quit making up dumb stuff like “all it really does is increase competition”.

          • SnakeSplitskin

            No, they didn’t have multi-screen. they only had 2 windows side-b side & limited apps that could do it.

    • Kody

      Why did you write that in quotes?

      • Erik Garcia

        Because as I was typing it I was saying it out loud lol #quoteyourself

        • Kody

          Lol, you’re hilarious. #hopeyougetmarshmallowsoon

    • RiTCHiE

      see, the problem is that you want updates on a samsung product. We all know sammy sucks with updates, thats why i stopped buying them.

    • Gaspar Inostroza Pérez

      And I’m still stuck with KitKat on my S34G. Could’ve easily handled Lollipop (and even Marshmallow). Still, with custom stock rom, my phone is about 3 years old and still going strong.

      • SnakeSplitskin

        Good for you. You should keep that phone for the next 10 years. In 2026 I’m expecting to see you post here that you’re still rocking your S34G. Of course security will have been compromised on it (probably is with that stock rom but you’ll never know).

        • Gaspar Inostroza Pérez

          Nice comment there m8. Keep it up.

    • Ro’Vage St Laurent

      You and me BOTH brother
      For a major provider, Samsung treats it’s customers like trash when it comes to updates
      NOT an Apple fan, not even remotely, but nobody can dispute the fact that they do try to get fixes out on time and OFTEN, to ALL of their handsets

    • SnakeSplitskin

      But what advantage would getting Marshmallow do for you? Also, which Marshmallow do you want, 6.0 or 6.01? Like every Android update, they have fix what causes problems with their first versions. It’s good to let the Nexus devices be the guinea pigs first.

    • Durga Pokala

      bruh i gave up on waiting for 5.0 lollipop. I’m stuck on 4.4.2.

    • Luka Mlinar

      Same here. Still nothing on my Note 5 :P

    • Alvin

      Note 5? That’s obsolete.

    • N&LH

      this is Google innovation, release new OS and the vast majority of Android users won’t get it or get it after 2-3 years if they can

  • I don’t know if the 2013 Nexus 7 Tablet will receive Android 7.0 because by this summer it will be 3 years old.

  • Marty

    Android Nougat.

  • Seriously…
    I still think that Android should be actually latest on all devices supplied by Google themselves (thinking ’bout jenkins builder with links to manufacturer’s repo) and all custom features from manufacturers should be banned (though I personally like some). Manufacturers should supply just kernels (maybe custom launchers) for their devices, so they won’t have to worry about those massive memory leaks (YES I’m looking at you Samsung).
    Let all systems be unite, up to date, with no fatal security flaws…
    This should be future, this should be Android.
    Not that leaky bullsh!t, which is criticized by those iSheeps (though they know nothing about Android)

    • ConCal

      It would be pretty cool if Google had their own builds of diffrent devices and provided a way to flash it. Not at all likely, but would be cool nonetheless.

      • I did not meant custom roms from Google, you know… I meant that this is the way it supposed to be…
        Actually it wouldn’t take much effort, just few rom developers would be assigned to check if builds are “flashable”, because the Jenkins is not that fast builder, and we would’ve lived happily ever after. :)
        This is how works official cyanogenmod right?! :)

        • ConCal

          Oh I see, that would be pretty cool.

    • Tapan Bhanot

      If they do that it will create a major dent in iPhone sales!

      • Yes it would! Tell friends, make online petitions, “spam” Google with official requests so they’d know that this community wants the better life!

        • Tapan Bhanot

          I think Google is already aware of it and they are just unable to do anything about it.

          • I rather think that they are afraid of doing anything about it :( because Sammy’d probably replace Android with Tizen which’d be major hit for Google.

          • Tapan Bhanot

            Who knows what these corporations are cooking behind our backs or what they have got planned for us. Only time will tell.

  • Mnzo

    Am I the only one still waiting for that amazing Material Design music player they showed off years ago?

    • Matt

      You’re not alone there

    • Aroda

      Can you give me a link of that

      • Src

        search for Google I/O 2014

    • charlie Jason

      I still remember that mesmerizing animation when you hit the play button. We need it.

  • LuciferBlack

    Waiting for new messaging app. Really want to messaging like in imessages with functionality like whattsapp ?

    • ConCal

      For real. iMessage is awesome and Hangouts hasn’t cut it. I’m looking forward to a real solid messaging app.

  • Shellyman 8K

    I want more Material design.

  • Imran Shaikh

    What’s the point of all new features when most of the users can’t get it. Fragmentation is the 1st thing that needs to o be targeted.

    • ADofCLE

      Though I agree, it’s not Google’s fault. They can’t tell the OEMs to update more often.

      • nezlobnyj

        IMHO, OEMs can’t update more often too, if they have 5 to 10 new devices every year. If they would have only 1 phone, 1 tablet (like you-know-who) I’d expect fragmentation to disappear by itself.

    • abazigal

      I guess one could argue that it’s simply a matter of time before these features end up on the Android devices, but at least the software is out there first.

    • calden74

      It’s fixed, just buy a Nexus or Google Play device and if you still want another handset, install Cyanogenmod. No more fragmentation, using skinned Android builds at this point is just silly, they offer almost zero advantage.

      • Obi Alfred

        You can’t put CM on exynos phones and that’s still fragmentation idiot.

      • SnakeSplitskin

        Or you can just avoid Nexus altogether because the huge lack of features. Obviously if you’ve owned a Samsung flagship this past few years you already have the few features Google plans on adding to Android. Just ignore all the fools using CM. They have no idea what they are actually putting on their phones in terms of security breaches.

  • Jack Silsan

    Android Nadella, ops, Nutella lol
    Seriously, I think there’s another name for 7.0 (if it even is 7.0 and not 6.5 or something like it). I just can’t figure out it yet

  • nikitastaf1996

    Backup/restore like iphone does.

  • Noah Jones

    I still don’t even have Marshmallow and Android N is coming out soon

  • DJ Subterrain

    I’m guessing “Nougat” and I’ve got the last 2 right :D

  • Lito Carasig

    Android N is coming out and we’re still stuck with Lollipop! What’s up Asus? Won’t buy another Asus anything again!

    • ConCal

      Yep, get a Nexus.

  • tanjiajun34

    Just fix the “Mobile radio active” battery drain and I will be happy…. -.-

  • Deero

    android nutella

  • John Apel

    I think Google needs to start putting it’s foot down with OEM software updates. Samsung comes to mind first, but others are at fault here as well. The fact that the S6/ S6 edge and Note 5 are still running Lollipop really is not acceptable. I think Google could strong-arm OEMs into updating their devices within a certain time-frame, sort of like they have with the monthly security updates.

    On another note, a new messaging app would really be nice. I like Google Messenger a lot, but compared to Verizon Messages, or even iMessage (if I dare say it), it is lacking some features. Support across all devices (phones, tablets, Android Wear) would be a great idea here. I think it’s really a no-brainer for Google.

  • Ryan

    and the LG G4 doesnt even have marshmellow yet…..

  • RG

    Is there going to be a 6.1 release before N arrives? There’s very little info on it, apart from a few small websites shrugging their shoulders and chucking around a few unsubstantiated ideas and dates..

  • ConCal

    I’m glad they somewhat merging ChromeOS and Android. A full merger never made much sense, but it sounds like they are moving in the right direction.

  • @dxyuyu

    We need to have an option or tool that will let us change the resolution and choose what’s the best resolution to use
    (for the Battery, Performance and For the Looks). this will give the user more options
    For example if i want to use the Nexus 6P in 720p

  • Falenone

    They should also clean up the damn app store from bullshit apps.

  • spyroz540

    i have a galaxy s4 LTE i9505, and im still on lollipop 5.0.1 i know there is cm13 and aosp roms but i dont like stock android, i like touch-wiz i used to have a galaxy s3 i9300 and i had installed cm13 on it but the design sucks everything is boring so i installed a touchwiz 4.4.4 rom

  • Mohamed Abdeljelil

    with openSDK, multi windows and ChromOS I think Android is going to be an operating system for classic computer as well

  • Roberto Tomás

    This is totally normal. preview in May, Real nexus devices at end of september. updates to older devices starting by ~december. real non-nexus devices by february of next year.

    for reference, here’s the normal flow at google:

    Android Marshmallow was initially announced at Google I/O on May 28, when it was released as the Android M developer preview. Several updates to the preview came out before Marshmallow was officially named on August 17. Google finally unveiled Android 6.0 Marshmallow, alongside the 2015 Nexus devices, on September 29, 2015.

    from androidpit {dot} com

  • Android 6.1 will launch in March. However, still running Android 5.1.1 on Samsung.

  • G90

    Dark theme yes! No more need of custom roms just for a dark theme.

  • Android Nolengur, coming right up

  • Alex

    Yeah, I’m really excited to do some proper multitasking on my Nexus 9’s 2GB of RAM… Great job Google…

  • trwb

    App permissions are great but certain permissions cannot be blocked like internet, and now every app automatically gets access to the internet. So you can block a keyboard for example from looking at your contacts but you cannot block it from gathering data on what you are typing and sending to the developer via the internet.

  • Lot of these features are already there in samsung flagships.

  • I came lookin for booty

    sounds pretty dope

  • Regarding the issue of tighter Chrome OS/Android integration, I’m surprised the possibility of an Android IDE for Chrome OS (NaCl version of Android Studio would be most ideal) hasn’t gotten on anyone’s radar. Should be much easier with OpenJDK as the base since OpenJDK, being open source, can be much more easily ported to NaCl, not to mention that the need for an emulator is non-existent since ARC can do the emulation without causing any measurable drain on performance.

  • John Doe

    Better ‘Ok Google’ would be a big plus!
    Also, a change to the robotic response would be a welcome enhancement …

  • Justatechie

    Vulcan API Should be in the midst of android N, that is if Kronos and Google developers don’t have see any major setbacks from releasing it to the mainstream.

  • Doctor_M7

    Lollipop 5.1 already has granular app permissions — its not new to marshmallow.

  • Christian Silva

    Who cares? I’m still waiting for marshmallow for my Galaxy note 5!!

  • robert lewis

    IR Blaster Support????

  • Scott Ricketts

    “largely unpopular Hangouts SMS/MMs integration” unpopular in that they keep threatening to take it away. Having my IM and SMS in a single app is a great thing. Until WP10 it was one of the few things Microsoft got right. Instead of ripping MMS/SSM support from Hangouts, how about committing to it, making the Hangouts UI snappier and integrating in other messaging platforms. You’ve got the lead developer for Pidgin working for you Google, let the man do what he’s done so well for Linux for years.

    • SnakeSplitskin

      TOTALLY AGREED! Hangouts was pretty awesome. Google just needed to stick with it making the necessary improvements. Now we’ll have to wait on this new messaging system that somehow will be relying on carriers to participate. I wonder if this means cell phone plans will go back to charging for texts like crazy

  • vinu18

    Google may be providing support to internalise External SD card memory treated similar to the internal memory . Would it be single memory which is internal memory + SD card ?

  • EviL__MasTeR

    If they would make the cam app in Android to have the ability for night vision to allow android users to see in pitch black would be awesome.Without having to download an app to have the aBility! (P.S. )Pay attention google! Great ideas are being visualized for next update! =)

  • me me

    Android Nigel?

  • me me

    Something sickening seems to be creating into stock Android, it is getting more bloated each release. My Nexus 9 become close to unusable with lag in the current stock Android, I was thinking it was a bad unit but once I went to a custom ROM with no forced encryption, f2fs on /data and /cache and a pico gapps and then just adding just what *I* need, not what Google *THINKS* I need then the performance improved significantly, each of those background processes eats into performance either via cpu or taking up RAM and so more re-reading apps from storage.

    This is so bad that basically “Nexus” = a clean debloated ROM is not the case any more and so I’m more looking for popular in quantity devices which are easily unlocked.

    Google’s ability to influence Android is waning due to this issue, so Google needs to get back to slick minimalism with Android and let us optionally install just what we want.

  • bykristian

    It would be very nice to have themes

  • N S Arun Kumar

    Please don’t remove the Google apps drawer. Don’t start a religion if you’ve bought this OS. Some of the most cherished features of android is that its fully customizable, Period. Don’t monopolize after democratizing the UI. So many of the OSs came and gone but not android because it was easy and non pretentious. Hell, it led to the downfall of Nokia. Somethings are sacred enough to remain untouched. Apple had always targetted oil barons and not ordinary folks. In terms of quality, apple reigns at the moment, but in terms of objectivity, android will always be way ahead of apple. P.S. I dont give a flying F**k to the third party apps drawer and i hope many will echo me

  • abdul kalam (AK)

    Need a dark theme back on Android 7.0 and need a multi-window in it and the battery is draining fast so need a battery optimizer so the battery can last along the day. Finally the name to Android 7.0 is……..

  • Me

    Nothing has me excited. Even worst, the removal of the app drawer has me not wanting to update anymore.

  • Christian Baumler

    If anything, they can remove the app drawer and then just make sure that it is included in the settings for someone to turn it on if they wish to have it on. I personally want the app drawer to stay, but there are ways that they can still take it away while not completely angering people.

  • Chinch07

    The app drawer and ability to have a very clean homescreen was one of if not the main reason I switched from iOS. I don’t see the significane of removing it. I’m hoping there will be a toggle or something to change this in settings.

    • JRomeo

      if it’s removed, then it’ll probably get moved to somewhere else (like a shortcut in the notification bar), or perhaps there is an option to hide it or include it on the homescreen. I don’t think it will ever be permanently removed iOS style.

  • Rohan Singh

    There Should Be A Option For Having An App Drawer Or Not As It Is On Samsung Galaxy S7 Then It Would Be Better.

    • 29

      there is – launchers

  • SnakeSplitskin

    The Nexus 6P will get the Android N update first and finally be caught
    up with the Galaxy Note 3. Nexus 6P owners everywhere will cheer
    getting multi-window support as well as stylus support except that
    there’s no stylus for the 6P.

    Come to think of it, what is the actual advantage of being the first device to receive these updates anyway?

    • DDD

      The Nexus line is Google’s base for Android. Everything is tested using the Nexus devices and so, they’re the first to have a stable version of Android.

      • SnakeSplitskin

        But that’s just the point. OEM’s don’t want to put an unstable update on their phones. Marshmallow is already on version .01 which means .0 wasn’t good enough. Just think if OEMs went ahead and updated to .0 they would have caused more problems for something that didn’t really add any features or value.

        Nexus owners have to suffer through incremental updates until Google gets it right. There’s still no benefit to Nexus owners especially when they started out with a phone that didn’t have any features to begin with compared to other OEM’s flagship phones.

        • DDD

          What? OEMs aren’t pushing out unstable updates. They get the OS and make their changes and test before pushing it out to their respective devices.
          If you think the existence of a .01 means the initial wasn’t good or good enough, you’re a tad delusional. No software is going to be perfect. Any change, no matter how minor, is going to result in a version number change. It doesn’t mean that the previous version had a problem.
          Uh, again, you’re assuming that OEMs push out the latest version as soon as they get it. Marshmallow has been out for months, but look at how many devices are on Marshmallow.

          You are aware that you don’t necessarily have to update the phone either right?
          Suffer? You’re talking as if the latest of Android is always broken. And what super awesome features are Nexus phones missing?

          • SnakeSplitskin

            “no software is going to be perfect”. My sentiments exactly. Which is why it’s perfectly fine that the Note 5 remain with Lollipop for the time being. Upgrading to the latest version of Android doesn’t automatically mean it’s a good thing.

            As far as missing features go, where’s the multi-window that samsung phones have been enjoying for so long? Where’s double-tap to open the camera app? Where’s the fast wireless charging? Where’s wireless charging? Where’s the amazing manual mode features for the camera? Where’s the stylus support?

            I do believe I’ve answered your question.

          • DDD

            Do note that that quote applies to every piece of software, meaning the Lollipop you’re running still has bugs here and there. That’s a horrible reason to refuse an upgrade, especially when Marshmallow has been out for months. Samsung’s devs have had Marshmallow for ages.

            Double tap what to open the camera? You can double tap the power button to open the camera on the 6P Wireless charging was in the Nexus 6. Their reason for dropping it seems justified to me. Stylus support is expected in Android N and Manual mode already is in the API. They just didn’t care to add it in their app for some strange reason. You answered the question, yes, but with features that are rather trivial.

            I don’t get how you seem to be against upgrading but complain about features.

          • SnakeSplitskin

            No, my Note 5 is working pretty flawlessly on Lollipop so I’ll have to disagree with your generalized assumption. The introduction of bugs is a very good reason to want to hold off on updating. Especially if there’s no significant change in features, performance, or ability associated with the upgrade.

            Double tap the home/fingerprint scanner button to quickly open the camera app is what I was referring to. The 6P has the double press on the power button on the side of the phone. This is awkward and the camera is very slow to open. It kind of defeats the purpose.

            The 6P lacks wireless charging. Am I to believe that you are recommending people buy the Nexus 6 because it has wireless charging whereas the 6P does not? Justified or not the 6P lacking wireless charging means it’s missing one of the basic features smartphone buyers are looking for. It’s a must-have for phones with sealed batteries.

            Why do Nexus owners have to wait until Android N is pushed out in order to have stylus support? I’m sure you can say Nexus owners will have every feature possible in the universe if you’re willing to wait for Android versions to go through the entire alphabet. Until then you’re out of luck which supports my statement that Nexus devices always seem to lack features that other flagship phones already have. I don’t believe wireless charging, multi-window support, fast camera, fast opening camera, double tap on home/finger print sensor, and stylus support are trivial features. If they were then you wouldn’t see Google steal those features away to try to include them on upcoming Android versions.

            My complaints about updating are only limited to exposing just how stupid it is to claim “we’re the first to get Android updates” as meaningless gloating when Nexus users should be instead saying “why didn’t my device come with these features out of the box?” Or “why does my device have to wait to get flagship features that were available 2 years ago AND after a newer Nexus device (newer than mine) is released?” (Android N won’t be out until the successor of Nexus 6P is released.)

            Without having to upgrade to Marshmallow all Note 5 users will still have more features that people care about than the Nexus 6P. Thank you for helping me reinforce that point.

          • DDD

            So you happily agree that no software is perfect except when it’s applied to the software on your phone. Mhmm, I hear ya. And you’ll imply that there aren’t any significant changes then go on to accept that new version do implement significant features. OK then.

            So basically, it should be exactly how you want it, or it’s useless. Also, having it set to the power button is to allow it to be invoked when the screen is off.

            I didn’t recommend the N6. I referred to it because they didn’t leave it out for no reason. They left it out because it didn’t seem to be necessary. Wireless charging’s main advantage was based on the fact that most people were getting tripped up over the micro USB port not being reversible. The USB C port removed that hassle. And justifiably removing a feature doesn’t support your case. If a feature isn’t necessary, popular, or prevents progress in other areas, it gets dropped. Are you going to cry if Samsung drops the heart rate sensor from future devices? How mad are you that Galaxy S devices don’t have radios built in anymore? And wireless charging is by no means a “must-have feature”; fast charging is.

            Nexus users have to wait because that’s when Android is going to officially support it. Do remember that Nexus devices run stock Android. That means that if Nexus devices have a feature, it’s an Android feature. They can’t make features just for the Nexus line the way Samsung can grab the latest version and add in what they want with TouchWiz. Sure, that does mean that they’re going to get new features later than other devices, however, it’s not as late as you make it out to be. Also, any new feature is attributed to Android, and not Nexus, because any device on that version also gets it. Doze and Google Now, for example, aren’t things many other phones had before Marshmallow, but you probably looked over them.
            “Fast camera” and “fast opening camera” aren’t exactly trivial; they’re subjective. You’re always going to be crying over features being slow, because having to wait 0.9 seconds for the camera to open is just so damn terrible right?

            Why aren’t Nexus users talking about not having those fancy features you talk about? Because they’re not that fancy to everyone else. The only even close to being looked forward to is proper multi-window support, which is to be properly done in Android N. It’s already hidden in Marshmallow, but guess how many people care to actually unlock it and use it. Then when Android does release it officially and likely better than Samsung implements it, Samsung will probably drop it, as they’re doing with their stylus support.
            Again you don’t seem to understand how Nexus devices work in relation to Android. Google has to make sure it will work with all devices that run that version of Android and not just on Nexus devices. Samsung only has to build their software for maybe at most 3 devices. They don’t have to develop their features as abstract as Google does, but you probably don’t care about that either.

            Being the first also applies to patches, meaning those bugs you complain about are usually fixed soon after they’re discovered. The latest release of Marshmallow is just as fine at the version of Lollipop you’re running.

            I haven’t helped you reinforce anything. You just ignore nuance, market research and software development practices.

          • SnakeSplitskin

            Why are you full of jokes? Just about everything you’ve said is a joke. I’m not implying anything about the software. There really isn’t any significant feature change that the Note 5 would receive going from Lollipop to Marshmallow. If there is you would have pointed it out.

            It’s great that the 6P can invoke the camera with the screen off. The problem is that you have to click the power button twice. The 6P would have been better served to put that function on the fingerprint sensor. Instead they opted for the more awkward power button.

            When you mentioned the N6’s wireless charging you basically were recommending it. It’s a complete joke to say that the only reason wireless charging exists is because the overall smartphone market had trouble plugging in the micro-usb cable. How dare you insult the entire smartphone market just to give Huawei and Google cover for not including wireless charging in the 6P. The fact is, wireless charging is a much more convenient and ergonomic way of charging a device than plugging a cord in. The phrase “set it and forget it” comes to mind as the best method for charging a smartphone. Who cares if Type-C is less convenient than micro-usb, you’re still having to plug a cable into your phone. This means finding the cable, bending down to plug it into a wall outlet, then fiddling around with the bottom (or top) of your phone to fit the cable in. And if you want to walk away from the table where the phone was setting to use the phone you’ll still have to remember to unplug it. We’ve all had moments when we tried to pick up and walk away with a phone still tethered to the wall (dropped phone). This entire nuisance is eliminated with wireless charging. You can’t name a single benefit that Type-C charging is providing you versus wireless charging. So why even defend it?

            If fast charging is a required feature, then fast wireless charging is the standard of must have charging. You might have had a point if Type-C was the only method for fast charging but it ISN’T. Therefore it is already obsolete thanks to fast wireless charging (capable on Samsung flagship devices). If you place charging in the same category as hear-rate sensors or built-in FM radios then it shows just how desperate you are to make a point. Those features aren’t necessary to the functioning of your phone. Charging your phone is. Therefore any advancements in the way a phone is charged and how fast it is charged is definitely a must-have feature. It’s the same as having an LTE capable phone versus a phone that does not have LTE. Sure 3G and 4G is good, but it isn’t good enough to compete as a flagship device without LTE.

            Your paragraph about how Nexus users have to wait reinforces my point that a Nexus phone is probably 2 years behind everyone else when it comes to features. If that’s a benefit to you then by all means go ahead and try to convince people that owning a phone that can’t do as much as most other phones within the last 2 years is actually a good thing.

            As for Doze, I did not look that over. I just didn’t think it was a feature worth mentioning. Sony already had its own power saving features as did most other OEMs. There are also apps that can handle power management. So there’s no huge benefit to getting Doze vs. not getting it. You’ve got to come up with something better than that but obviously you can’t which is really sad.

            Regarding the cameras, I’ve only reiterated what many 6P owners have complained about. The Nexus 6P camera is so slow to open. I have no idea whether it is only .09 seconds slower than the Note 5 but if it is, that .09 seconds apparently seems like a lifetime for actual 6P users. Stock Android is supposed to mean that the phone is fast and fluid. One would think that the camera app would be the fastest on any Android device given that there is no “bloat”. This just goes to show how slick Touchwiz is and that stock Android isn’t actually the best and fastest experience.

            It’s strange that you say certain features aren’t important to Nexus users but yet Google has saw fit to include those features in upcoming Android upgrades. Apparently Google’s marketing research revealed that it needed to add these features that other OEMs have had for the last few years in order to be more competitive.

            Telling me that I don’t know how the Nexus program works is a weak argument. But you’re full of weak arguments so I’ll go ahead and address this anyway. Google is not responsible for getting any version of Android and its features to work on every phone out there. That’s delusional b.s. that you need to stop trying to spread on the internet. Google makes Android to work and display features on its own devices (Nexus) AND THAT’S IT! All the other OEMs are responsible for taking the updated code and ensuring that it will work with their devices. This is one of the main reasons why it takes so long to release updates, especially those OEMs who have hundreds of variants. So quit trying to perpetuate lies. Not everyone here is the community is dumb enough to buy into that crap.

            The devices that first get Marshmallow are the first to get bug fixes. That’s great. Wonderful. You guys be the guinea pigs. There’s no lost value for my Note 5 getting Marshmallow in April 2016 versus getting it in November 2015. No lost value means no real benefit to get Marshmallow when the N6 first got it or when the 6P got version .01.
            I’ve hit each of your points and hit them hard with the facts. All you’ve done is show that you don’t know how to frame your arguments, that you aren’t as well-versed in Nexus as you think you are, and are willing to move into “delusion” territory as if it were nuance, market research, or software development practices. You’re outclassed just like the 6P.

          • DDD

            “The 6P would have been better served to put that function on the
            fingerprint sensor. Instead they opted for the more awkward power
            As I said, if it’s not how you like it, it’s useless huh?

            “When you mentioned the N6’s wireless charging you basically were recommending it.”
            No, I was giving an example where a Nexus device did have the feature. And you know a simple Google search would have shown that I was right, seeing as it was Google’s devs who said it. Who cares if USB-C is more convenient? Wow. Another example of “if it’s not exactly how I want it, it’s useless”. You’re literally complaining about having to plug a cord into the phone, which by the way is the more common way of charging phones. Wireless charging was hyped up because if it’s convenience, so convenience does matter. And the comparison wouldn’t be between USB-C and wireless charging. The comparison is the benefits of each over USB-micro.

            “If fast charging is a required feature, then fast wireless charging is the standard of must have charging.”
            What kind of stupid logic is this? Fast charging exists outside of wireless charging. Wired fast charging is faster that wireless. Calling USB-C obsolete just shows your ignorance.
            Note that I didn’t say charging, I said wireless charging. You should learn to hide your strawmen a little better. I’m not that desperate to have to change your arguments to make a point, but you clearly are. Try addressing that point again.

            “As for Doze, I did not look that over. I just didn’t think it was a feature worth mentioning.”
            So you didn’t look over it, you just looked over it because you didn’t find it relevant. Beautiful contradiction. No, most OEMs didn’t have that feature. Greenify is what most people resorted to. If you’re going to introduce the use of third party apps, then you really shouldn’t be complaining about features, especially the camera app. It’s quite sad that you’re now talking about fast and snappy when the camera app is probably one of the only functions that is noticeably slower. Google’s camera app is feeble. Yea, we all know that, but that says nothing about the rest of the phone. It’s nice to see the fallacy of composition in use.

            I said it before but I’ll say it again, while it does take a while for Nexus users to get the features, it doesn’t take two years.

            Telling you that you don’t know how the Nexus line works in regards to Android isn’t something I said lightly; you’ve shown it. You’ve shown that you don’t know how an API works. Google works on the Android API, which is (obviously) what all other OEMs use. That stock API is what is used on the Nexus. They don’t fine tune it for the Nexus. The existence of the Android One and Google Play Edition programs are further evidence of that fact. OEMs don’t get the latest Android builds to fix errors. They get them so they can develop their respective UIs for it. Samsung has to make a compatible TouchWiz, HTC has to make a compatible HTC Sense and so on. That takes time and effort and are usually made for specific devices, which is why the latest Galaxy S phone might get upgraded while the latest Galaxy A series doesn’t. See, you’re actually making it exquisitely clear that you don’t have the faintest clue about this.

            “Wonderful. You guys be the guinea pigs.”
            Actually, that’s what I have said already. Nexus devices are what Android patches/releases are tested on. Hey guess what, iPhones are the same with iOS. What do you think the latest version of iOS is tested on before release?

            And then the rest of what you say there is trash. I’m waiting to read your hard facts, because it doesn’t look like you know what a fact is. You’ve given (shitty) reasoning, but not facts. Dude you really called USB-C obsolete; incredible. I don’t even need to be “well versed in Nexus”. I can hold my own in software development, which is all I need.

          • SnakeSplitskin

            Well you need to hold your own in making your points by using actual facts and not just child-like delusions. Perhaps you should just keep your nose in software development and leave the comments section alone.

          • DDD

            You mean similar to the facts I actually did use? Come on. If you’re going to try to insult me or my points, at least make an effort. I’m not deluded when I’ve explained my points using facts you yourself can go confirm. And what kind of person would I be if I let people spout foolishness and left them alone?

  • Android Nolengur

  • Adithya Raman

    Android Nobody-cares-where-is-marshmellow

  • schahram

    I find it a stupid idea to remove app drawer. There are millions of users who don’t like to have all app icons shown on the home screens. This feature has been the most important feature to differentiate android from iOS.

  • Nicholas Hunt

    RRO layers without root is a must for me. It’s all I use root for

  • MaLik Hadi

    after switching from Samsung to huawei i really dont need a app drawer

  • Marty

    Nice! No app drawer. More and more like iOS. Can’t wait for some future Nexus to have an Apple logo on it. :P

  • Flavio

    It’s highly likely that force touch will make its way to android N thanks to Synaptics’ ClearForce pressure-sensitive touch solution for Android smartphones. The same company provides the fingerprint ID solution to Google, Samsung, LG, among others

  • Daggett Beaver

    Split window? Really? A feature OEM skins have offered since forever? What about individual windows? Maybe Google will have that ready by Android Z?

  • 1966CAH

    Removing the app drawer: Who the f**k is asking for this? How is this even being considered a “feature?”

    • Daggett Beaver

      I think it would be a GREAT change, IF and ONLY IF they replace it with something smart, like automatically categorizing apps into folders. And I don’t just mean when you get the phone. If you install an app, it goes into the right folder. Then make it easy for users to move the apps to different folders if their notion of categories is different.

      This is how Smart Launcher works, and I’m thrilled that I don’t have an app drawer that has ALL of my apps. There may be other launchers out there like that, too.

      A second option would be something like Nano launcher, where a swipe to the left (on the second screen) brings up a list of all your apps in alphabetic order, with an alphabet menu on the right. I still prefer Smart Launcher, but the Nano approach is better than an app drawer.

      • 1966CAH

        I think my knee jerked a little too quickly there. :/ I had a nightmare vision of picking up my phone and seeing an iOS like glob of icons all over the place and had a mini-stroke.

        So, I can see how Google might possibly give us something usable and better, but I also could see them trying to use Google Now and have users search for the apps every time they want to launch one :(

        My own experience with launchers that try to “do things for me” has just been more frustrating than not, and I still prefer Nova, which lets me use folders and tabs in the app drawer to organize things the way I like, rather than the way somebody else thinks I will like it.

        In the end, I am still probably going to try the stock launcher and then load Nova up, unless Google has thought up something really clever…

      • Bradley Horst

        I can see your point, but some people prefer to have everything look very minimalistic and have all the clutter in the app drawer. For example, I have one home screen (excluding Google Now on the left) and it has a black background with only a few white icons and the Google clock widget. I personally don’t like folders.

  • Noah Jones

    It honestly doesn’t matter too much if the app drawer disappears because Android has things called launchers.

  • Choda Boy

    Android N – “No app drawer”
    Android M – “Most people are still waiting for it”
    Android L – “Leaking memory”

  • Hendra Li

    Android Nachos will be a nice name

  • isaac maqruez

    is the Nexus 6 going to be getting the update

  • jagema

    Would be nice if you gave credit to Android Police for the mock-ups.

  • C Lo

    One of the MAJOR reasons I choose to use Android over iOS is the app drawer. I guess I will be using a custom launcher from now on. Google, please stop changing things for the sake of changing things. Focus on taking ownership of your OS and getting updates out to EVERYONE, not just Nexus devices. Continue to maximize battery efficiencies. These two things would make a world of difference.

  • Mr.Flying Zoom3rz

    Android M just was barely released for most of phones and now Android N is already around the corner…

  • Mohsin Javed

    dark mode please, and yes i can’t wait

  • what. it looks so bad, this title doe “let’s build a simple an…”

  • saksham

    quick settings right in the notification area , stylus support , multi window …. copying samsung ?

  • hamachi

    Honestly, I felt that newer Android OS is becoming more and more restricted.
    Yet security vulnerability still coming to Android even after all those restrictions.
    So excuse me if I don’t feel excited after seeing all those features list.

    Let me know when next Android includes 1-click root and firewall built-in.

  • Rishabh

    i can’t imagine any android version named after Indian sweets in near future not for n at least.

  • Alvin

    I wish Google would just buy Greenify so that the battery saving features on root will be integrated on Android N. It would be nice if Doze will run in your pocket and the IR will detect your face to turn off the feature.

  • Stav Dor

    No app Drawer? WTF
    Nova launcher forever!

  • nezlobnyj

    Note 6 Dev Edition this year and you have my money. twice.

  • I don’t see the reason to outright get rid of the app drawer. Why couldn’t they have an option to show or remove it?

  • Vincentius Phang

    Multi-window mode, Better tablet support, New settings menu, Revamped notification shade/quick settings panel, Change display size in, Recent apps and multitasking, Dark Mode returns, Put emergency info on your lock screen, Improved call screening and number blocking

    I would remove or at least delay this development in favor of better battery life. sure we have doze. But doze maybe only gave 2-3 hours, while we want 2-3 days. so I’m not very impressed with these changes. Android update is getting close to IOS updates.

  • Salik Zaki Anwar

    you didn’t mention Easter Egg

  • C Lo

    I’m beginning to realize Google is using the Nexus purchasers as BETA testers. After 5.0, I think I’ve had enough early adopting buggy initial releases.

  • ‘Stock stylus support’ is great. And ‘Stock IR Blaster support’ will be equally great as well.

  • Daggett Beaver

    Samsung users since the Galaxy S3: “I love this multi-window and (for the Note users) S Pen.”
    Nexus Fanboys: “Stuff your crappy bloatwiz! Nobody uses multi-window or the pen. They’re just gimmicks.”

    Google: “Android N will include multi-window and pen support.”
    Nexus Fanboys: “WOW, I can’t wait to get these great new features!”

    Nexus: The phone for people who want the latest stock Android first, and the best phone features last.

    • Tharun Donavalli

      My mobile (Spice dream uno) consist of 1GB ram and 4GB internal memory. can I install the android N preview in my mobile please suggest me there will be no problem na if I install the preview one in my mobile.

  • Tharun Donavalli

    My mobile (Spice dream uno) consist of 1GB ram and 4GB internal memory. can I install the android N preview in my mobile please suggest me there will be no problem na if I install the preview one in my mobile.

  • Andrei

    I install this android n ! Have very much bug’s ! some apps, won’t work, like whatsapp, i can’t shot images and send to my contacts. This andoid N i stall tuesday 8 march 2016 and no update . . .

  • Danny

    I hope that the notification shade gets a revamp. A combination between the current developer preview and the cards from Lollipop and Marshmallow would be ideal. It should be able to display and expand information like the preview but have the cards separate by app.

  • Zayyaan

    Still using Jellybean :(

  • Tyler S Hardy

    If it’s so similar to marshmallow, why didn’t they just call it 6.1 or something? They had so many versions of 4, why go right from 6.0.1 to 7?

  • MooN Hernandez

    Please put Nexus 5 on the list. Please :(

  • Wook Lee

    Ease of usage, Looks and feels amazing.
    but the disappointing thing is missing the remote feature.

  • Rob

    I’m happy about the Doze Mode enhancements, but the freeform window crap doesn’t do jack for me. I already have something like that on my S6 Edge, but like the edge features, I NEVER use it.

  • Following its removal form the Android M preview -> from

  • Regarding the new notifications tray, it’s worth noting if you press-and-hold the flash icon you open the camera. There are improvements to every press-and-hold action and screen in the notification tray overall.

  • Android N? I’m still waiting for a stable CM12.1 for my ol’ LG OG Pro. If my phone receives Marshmallow (even if it’s custom ROM), I swear I’ll chop my head off.

    As for, the app drawer, Xiaomi users won’t even care

  • Paul Ahkolik

    Reboot option in the power button menu?

  • TouchWiz

  • Moose05

    The slide out menu in settings is completely useless and looks out of place.

  • khalidalomary

    After dev preview 2 i noticed a few bugs. Wifi randomly turns off

  • shara

    my nexus 6p is going crazy. no new folder design available. n google Maps has problems since i bought this. How is this possible one feature missing on my device.

  • Brodie Yg

    Has any one else noticed the new dialer screen in Android 7 when you call a business it tells you all there details and if there open or not.

  • Blue Cao

    Anyone hear anything about N blocking certain notifications (video, picture, network push ads)? I thought I heard something about this, which would be great (can’t stand those annoying buggers), but would be interested in hearing thoughts…?

  • vishal patil

    well u guys do it the best when it comes to writing such post, it most descriptive among all the post on Android N,
    u guys rock, keep up the good work.

  • FG11

    F* You Google. F* You. Developing more OS and Upgrades yet not all phones can get the updates and then what? B*ching me to buy a new phone? And then? Even a high-end one is still LAGGING. Oh come on, just dump your development and commit suicide. Android features are still useless if its not consumer friendly. Ewww.

  • Had Enough With the BS

    Off’d my Nexus 5 at the right time.

  • Nani

    No equivalent feature to Facetime for android yet.. Android should have an Independent video calling app..

  • Sean C

    This doesn’t list anything new for DP4. Just clickbait from DP3?

  • BatDroid

    Should give ability to change system fonts… I love those ubuntu fonts, wish I could have them on my phone.

  • Captain Obvious

    Please Please Please bring back Dark theme!!!!!!!

  • Shubham Bhardwaj

    Hey, I want to know if I go for android n dev preview 4, will I get the OTA when google officially releases Android N?

  • Haroldian

    Excited about the data saver and night mode. Hope it stays

  • ayush

    Moto x play update android N

  • Darth Vader returns! (It’s how Dark Mode feels like)

  • 4-6 week developer preview cycle narrows the Preview 5 release date down to sometime between July 13 and July 27, and, by extension, narrows the final release date down to sometime between August 10 and September 7. So, seems like an earlier final release than the previous two as well.

  • jp

    All I flipping wanted was Chronus app on my lockscreen….. but “widgets” are too much to ask for =/

  • Google has a secret. Developing OS frequently, so you will find a reason to ditch your current phone and move to another which will run the latest OS version.

  • Excellent article about the newest features of android nougat. Looking forward for the dark mode feature and multi tasking screen! – doodleblue Innovations

  • s2weden2000

    android 7 nutmilk…

  • Thanks for the article. I am wondering how it supports with Android One phones.

  • Alejandro

    Informative, key point that was made is that the UI is starting to look and feel more and more like windows, hm hm.
    P.s. not sure I really the way this dudes speaks, is quite annoying how he goes fast, and then ends sentences sloooow.

  • xgudwilx

    “If you’re a fan of the funky wrist twist gesture to launch the camera in certain Motorola devices, you’ll be pleased to know the same function wasadded to the fifth developer preview. This pretty much makes it a lock as a final Nougat feature.” the image below this statement doesn’t show this..wtheck u talkin bout?

  • s2weden2000

    android 7 nutmilk …

  • AOF 8

    I would love to see an always on display on the current nexus devices, is it possible? And the pro mode in the camera apps would make a great improvements. Oh and wireless charging would be great. :)

  • pingu van bree

    Guys i Just got a ota

  • Mohammed Fahad

    is the official nougat update rolling out today?

  • Daggett Beaver |dBz|

    “Nyah, nyah, split-screen mode, when will your fancy-pants Samsung phones get that?”

    “In 2012.”

  • Neel Patel

    wohh big list .. nice, Nougat is why we use ios??

  • Since Nexus Launcher is not included but can be added as an app, does anyone know if the stock Android launcher (Google Now Launcher) can be disabled? Is it a problem if both launchers run at the same time, battery-wise and in terms of resources?

  • Lucas

    “More settings are no covered by Android Backup.”
    I think a “w” is missing there ;)

  • Lucas

    I hope the Samsung Galaxy J5 (the 500FN one) will get the Nougat update. Though I don’t even think it will get M…

  • Jehan Kateli

    Can’t wait until my OPO gets this in February :D

  • Naveen Honnalli

    How about android one(micromax canvas a1) users? Android N is coming for those? If so, but when it could be?

  • NavyVeteran

    Why in the hell hasn’t Googs posted the Versions for the N6, 5X or 6P yet? They have for Pixel C, the N9 Wi-Fi and Player.. Come on man!

    • mustbepbs

      Nobody is talking about this. It’s really weird. It has to do with Qualcomm, but no big news sites are posting about it.

    • GreaterLesser

      At least the OTA download has been available on XDA since monday or tuesday.

  • Great_saiyaman

    no dark mode yet ….I have to put up with the white app drawer again

    • Twelk

      Just use Twilight?

  • 4ui812

    What is JIT anyway? Lmfao.
    Everyone knows , but the comment will get deleted.

    • Lawstorant

      The best thing is that JIT was first introduced in 2.2 Froyo :)

      • 4ui812

        I think it was introduced long before that 😄

        • Lawstorant

          Nope, for Android JIT introduction was 2.2

          • 4ui812

            I assume you’re not from the US .
            JIT , where I’m from , ( yes I know what JIT is) has a completely different meaning lol . I was playing to the double entendre of JIT in local sense . Google JIT bag…. I suppose this went over everyone’s head . I just couldn’t resist making the pun.

  • GreaterLesser

    “That’s because in Marshmallow, Android made the switch from the Dalvik virtual machine to the Android Runtime (ART) which compiles apps ahead-of-time.” – Ummmmm Android started using ART instead of Dalvik by in Lollipop, just saying.

    • mcdonsco

      Giving users the option to, but not by default.

      • Jacob Lane

        kitkat had the option, lollipop was forced. marshmallow was optimized. nougat has jit art.

      • GreaterLesser

        That was KitKat – Learn your Android

  • Eklavya Verma

    Great! So when is the AA app going to support split screen?

    • Rest assured, we’re working on it!

    • Saikrishna Katakam

      it works for me 🙄

      • Eklavya Verma

        Right. They did add support for split screen in this past month. :)

      • Eklavya Verma

        Yeah. They did add support for it in the past month :)

  • Marius-Adrian Zoltan

    The charging got a lot longer on 6p, on Mm I got like 50℅ in 30 … On Nu I takes 49 min for 50%

  • Vinícius Azzolin

    So lots of features that a lot of people won’t even use or will forget in no time and probably an unfinished version that will be reasonable to use just on 7.1. But my device won’t get it officially anyway. -_-

  • Abdul lathif

    Why cross sign near cellular data in android N?

  • Bogdan

    Thanks for the material, I was looking for something that covered as much as possible.

  • Naveen Singh

    very similar to flyme os of meizu.
    i already have most of all these features in my meizu mx5

  • Dana King

    “That means you won’t get them on any current device, including the Nexus 6P and Nexus 5X.”

    My 5X is downloading Android 7 right this second which is why I googled the search term.

    • Daniel

      Read the rest of that paragraph and section. He meant the seamless updates that download automatically in the background and update to a separate partition.

  • dsignori

    Nice summary, thanks!

  • Vincent Janssen

    Hope the devs at bliss soon port Nougat and make it available to those that normaly wont get nougat. If it’s anything like what they did with MM then i’ll be a happy camper.

  • Leslie Page

    I have the update. Wanted to know if it’s worth it. It’s not. I see not a single thing that makes me say “ooooo!” The new doze features are probably the only thing I would like to have, but even then, my n5x battery life is fantastic. I still don’t understand why people care so much about security on your phone. The only reason I have a lock screen at all right now is because you have to in order to use the fingerprint sensor, which unlocks faster than any swipe could. I already have most of the features mentioned, with pull down expanded notifications, quick reply… I am always happier with faster… But it’s fast as balls already. I just see no reason to update. Thank you for the feature rundown though. It has been informative.

  • derfw

    Was there any updates to voice stuff? Still waiting for the dream of a Star Trek-like computer in my pocket, and we are getting closer and closer every year.

    • SkinlessGenderlessMan

      I’ll second this question – for a brief time I was able to do voice command from any screen, but the option was removed. I miss it.

  • mcdonsco

    Ok, ok, going to ask it. Why does Google LOVE “Archive”??? How is that useful? I’ve never understood that and always have to switch Google apps from archive default to DELETE default.

    How is that useful?

    • Dakoda Koziol

      So you can search for that email later if you decide that you actually need it.

      • suede

        But you can’t easily delete anything if you actually want it deleted. Google has a lot of poor UX.

        • Dakoda Koziol

          Tap (or click) the trashcan at the top? Doesn’t seem too complicated to me.

    • marklarson

      This is because Google sells advertising for it’s Gmail service based on what is in your inbox, which includes Archived email. If you delete it and your trash can is emptied, Gmail can’t deliver the Ad to you, which means Google misses out on revenue.

  • Notification panel is just BEAUTIFUL! I think all apps should be multi window supported by default, and developers should declare in manifest if their app is not supported. Because I’ve used multi window in different screen sizes (samsungs, root) before and almost 99% of apps work flawlessly.

  • suede

    People actually use split window?

    • kjgear

      I just used split windows to read this article and change/look up settings. I liked it, felt good, easy to read and navigate both windows. But I don’t know how often I’d use the function. Time will tell…

  • Gabriel T.

    I just want to know why AA doesn’t quite work with POCKET??? (read it later app) It basically loads the webpage instead of just article text

  • netsendjoe

    This is good and all, but when will be able to fully customize the UI and default app themes, like having a light / dark mode. I’d personally like to be able to use a dark mode because I find it easier on the eyes and think it would be better on battery life. I know that most phone companies are responsible for the interface we interact with the most, such as TouchWiz, but aside from replacing the Home app, there should still be baked in ways to tweak backgrounds, text color, accents, and more.
    My only other issue I have is that these phone manufacturers need to start putting way more onboard memory because its way too easy to fill up your internal storage with apps and games, and then be unable to move those to a much larger microSD card. I know this was worked on with Marshmallow, but despite buying a really good microSD card, I was still not offered the option to offload my apps. I specifically remember being able to this on Gingerbread with ease, especially after rooting, I had everything on a large microSD that was not system related and everything ran very quick.

  • Peter Hubb

    “What this means for you is that your personal stuff is better protected ”
    How exactly does that better protect your personal files in any way? if you just protect the file content rather than the entire disk, you will be able to see filesize and filename, usage of disk space, etc. as opposed to seeing nothing at all with whole disk encryption.

    Android’s encryption is just getting less and less safe over the course of updates. It started with the actual key being stored on the device itself so that you dont have to enter a password at all (introduced with Android M), now we don’t have whole disk encryption anymore. might as well just leave the device unencrypted. Waste of performance at this point.

  • echofire

    Is there anything in the works to allow for drag and drop of files into an email? E.G: having an email app open on one screen and a file directory open in another; I’d love to be able to drag a pdf from one screen and drop it in the other.

  • Chris

    The Data saver is a very old feature by now lol, sony did this way back then with the X

  • Jaya prakash

    Hi.., I am using Nexus 5x. I am unable to load contact, create contact, Search contact. I am Updated Android 7.0.

  • David32

    Do you think one day android will have : 1) SMS schedule 2) Better Priority 3) Edit Phone number 4) Speaker clock 5) talkie-walkie 6) Hold power to turn light On/Off
    [ remember Nokia phones and Nokia 5140 ]

  • GorillaMyDreams

    My question is, will it only be available on new phones, or will it be rolled out to all current phones running Marshmallow? The article seems to imply it will only be available on Nexus phones.


    Nice. Good Future information. I like it.

  • The Shambolic Skeptic

    My Nexus 5X finally updated last night – jeezus there is a lot of new stuff to learn. Great article!

  • King Fargo

    will it come to the s5

    • Kitty K

      im still waiting for marshmallow on my lg g3 (uk) n i generally dont manually do it so im impatiently waiting…

  • Jim Fuerstenberg

    just received Nougat this morning…looks interesting.

  • Mike

    Since the note 7 is dead. Will the note 4 get this update?

    • Warren

      I heard somewhere Verizon gave their users an upgrade to Nougat for the Note 4. Other than that, I can’t say if any other carriers will do it.

  • Berto D

    Harder Better Faster Stronger-Daft Punk Haha. Nice song to illustrate the new Android Nougat lol

  • Eklavya Verma

    So on the 7.1.1 beta…

    1. What are these “parallax wallpapers”? Do you mean the Live Earth and Live Data wallpapers? Those apks are already released.
    2. The dialer is ver 6 now. Call screens look beautiful!
    3. App shortcuts work as well on the side loaded Pixel launcher, as they do on Google Now launcher.
    4. Long press on power button shows ‘three’ options – Power Off, Restart, Emergency.

    Anyone else noticed anything new?

  • s2weden2000

    android 7.1 nutmilk …


    “what is the one feature it misses out on.”

    • DINGO

      Crap, I thought the return key would make a new line! Anyway, the one feature I wish Nougat would have included was a native one-handed mode. I tried the one-handed mode on my dad’s Galaxy s7 and it seemed really useful for my stupid small baby hands. Other than that, I might try flashing a Nougat rom on my Oneplus One just for all those “nerd-features”.

  • MaddKatter

    What about USB configuration? Having to select “transfer files” every time I connect my phone to my PC is beyond annoying! Worse, having a option in settings to fix it WHICH DOESN’T WORK, is a real kicker. Since this annoyance was new with Marshmallow, have they fixed it?