Redesigned Android 7.0 Nougat slotted for Earlier Release
Android 7.0 also known as Nougat is expected to arrive as early as this week, according to some reliable technology industry leaks. The final preview of the new and updated mobile phone operating system was released on18th July and will succeed 2015’s Marshmallow. According to a recent article written by Evan Blass, Android 7.0 will be released this month, and the new Android version will come with an 8/5-security patch. Instead of premiering on Google’s phone, Nexus, Nougat will instead premiere on LG’s V20. The electronic company, which is based in South Korea announced that its freshly designed flagship phone will hit the International market, in the third quarter of 2016 and will be preloaded with Nougat.
This will be a coup for LG, which allows the company to score a very important differentiator for its new phone. If all these rumors are true, then the LG’s V20’s closest rival will be the Samsung Galaxy Note 7, whose operating system will be 2015’s Marshmallow. It is very unlikely that LG was given any special treatment by Google so as to claim the first ever version of Nougat. Some the leading phone manufacturers are given access to most of these releases way before they are released to the public. There are very high chances that LG decided to work on V20 since they were well aware of Google’s plan to release Nougat.
Google Gets Stable Codes in the Manufacturers Hands
As for Google Inc., it is significant to see if Nougat is likely to be released this month, with two versions of HTC Nexuses have been held back until September. Additionally, releasing Nougat in August is indeed a smart move by Google. This is because shipping the operating system in August will get new system codes in the hands of manufacturers ahead of the September and August rush of brand new devices. While sticking to the usual August and September release window for Nexus phones, manufacturers have been given humble time to finish their work on everything that Google may want to make available on the 2016 Nexus.
It is also worth remembering that Google’s 2016-release party will be about more than just phones. During May’s I/O conference, Google announced a number of things that it plans to achieve before the fall release party. Some of these things included the arrival of a stable Android support application on Chromebooks, Google Home and a pair of Android watches. With that said, even if Nougat has been completed already, there is no guarantee of all the other stuff. Thus, if Google decides to do the smart thing and release all its consumer products at the same time, it will make a very little difference if the operating system comes out a little bit earlier.
As a matter of fact, it is also entirely possible that the upcoming HTC devices will not come with the initial Android 7.0. In case there will be a gap of one month or more, between the official release date of Nougat and the brand new Nexus phones then they are most likely to skip to the very first maintenance release, Android 7.0.1 or 7.1. Google has already hinted that an extra software will be coming to Nexus. In an interview which was conducted in June, Google CEO, Sundar Pincher hinted that some new features would be introduced on Google’s Android phones.
Support for Multi-Windows
If the phone arrives this coming Friday as Blass had predicted, the Nougat will deliver some newly visible and non-visible features. With this brand new operating system, Google Engineers said, that they have focused on some key issues such as security, performance, and productivity. Among some of the new improvements that are expected to arrive with the Nougat include a multi-window support, a light update for battery saving mode and a seamless update. In line with Blass’s tweet, Nougat will be supported on some Google’s most recent devices such as the Nexus 5X and Nexus 6.
Direct Reply Notifications
Users will not have to navigate away from the existing windows, so as to answer an incoming message. Nougat users will reply just within the notification, which will appear on the top of the screen. This feature had worked exceedingly well with the iPad and iPhone when this idea debuted with iOS 8, using the name quick reply. Additionally, Google has also opened the Direct Notification, which in turn means applications such as WhatsApp may take advantage of this new feature.
Google has already indicated that it is throwing a number of speculations here and there, but the bottom line remains that LG will still get an awesome public victory. This is because the company decided to align its device launch with Google’s Inc. roadmap for a stable Android release. LG needs this publicity badly because its G5 flopped. Meanwhile, Google engineers are currently working on companion applications such as Assistant, Android Wear, Google Home and Android Wear. This is done without holding back the source code for Nougat. From the look of things Google is going to have some extra specials, which will be waiting for the newly designed Nexus phones to arrive.