Android 7.0 Nougat vs Android 6.0 Marshmallow: What’s New

For those that want to see what’s new in Google’s recently released update to Android 7.0 Nougat, you can see the changes in our Android N vs Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow walkthrough below. This is a comparison of Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow vs Android 7.0 Nougat on a Nexus 6P and the older Nexus 6.

Here we will detail and share some of the new features and changes Google has made in Android 7.0 users will enjoy once they receive the new release, get an update, or buy the LG V20. There are well over 50 changes, but not all of them are visual. Most of the changes are behind the scenes but will play a huge role moving forward.

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Read: How to Install the Android N Beta Right Now

Google’s Android 6.0 Marshmallow update was released in October 2015 after a long beta period, and Android 7.0 Nougat was released on August 22nd. It adds multiple impressive features and improves on Android 5.0 and 6.0’s design. With the release here and updates rolling out, users will want to know what’s new and what to expect.

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Many expected Android N to be unveiled at Google I/O, but instead it debuted on March 9th. Much earlier in an effort by Google to get it in the hands of users and developers as fast as possible. As a result the company received more feedback, made additional changes, and pushed it out months faster than previous years.

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After months of developer previews and fine-tuning the release Google released it in August for the Nexus 5X, Nexus 6, Nexus 6P, Nexus Player, Pixel C and a few Android One devices. Expect manufacturers to start making announcements and working on their updates for later this fall.

Read: Android 6.0 vs Android 5.1 Lollipop: What’s New in Marshmallow

During the announcement of Android 7.0 Nougat Google quickly mentioned something that many will be excited to hear. Throughout the year the company will release Android 7.0 Nougat “Maintenance Releases” or MR builds, similar to the Android N Beta and developer preview. Users will be able to test the next version (Read: Android 7.1) ahead of time, before it’s released to the public.

So download the update to Android 7.0 Nougat today, enjoy the latest version of Android, and sign up for future betas once they become available next quarter. Google promised the first MR beta will arrive in the coming months, sometime during the fall.

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Android-Nougat

Android 7.0 Nougat is a free software update for all smartphones and tablets that can support it, or will get updates from manufacturers like Samsung, Motorola, LG and more. It took most phones and tablets a long time to get Android 6.0 Marshmallow, but we’re hoping N rolls out faster for owners around the globe. Beta tests for incremental updates should help Google improve Android N faster and into 2017.

What’s New in Android N

Currently the Android 7.0 Nougat release is only available for the Nexus 5X, Nexus 6, Nexus 6P, Nexus 9, Nexus Player and the Pixel C tablet. Three missing from that list are: the Nexus 5, Nexus 7 (2013) and the Nexus 10. We’ve recently learned the Nexus 5 won’t officially get the update to Android 7.0 at all. At least not from Google.

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Some of the most noteworthy new features are split-screen multitasking and multi-window mode as shown above. This works great and supports all apps, not just select few like we see on Samsung or LG devices. Another huge addition to N is “Android Instant Apps” which will enable Android to install small bits of an app (say, from a search result or web link) and allow one-time instant app usage. No installing an app and starting over. Android just adds what it needs for that moment, uses the app, and you’re done. It discards it once finished.

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Other changes include improved battery life yet again with a more efficient “Doze” on-the-go mode, seamless updates that happen behind the scenes (if enabled), a completely revamped notifications and settings menu that’s smarter, more detailed and enhanced. Direct reply from notification bar for all apps, bunched notifications for a cleaner look, number blocking and call screening, improved Quick Setting tiles (and customization) and more. There is a lot to see, and we’ll be adding more as we dig through the official release.

You can click on any of the images below to instantly jump to that image in the slideshow and see how that part of the OS compares to previous versions. The older Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow will always be on the left (if applicable), while Android 7.0 Nougat is on the right or by itself. We’ll update with more details as they become available.

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Multi-window Support

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Multi-window Support

With Android N Google has finally delivered multi-window support. Essentially allowing two apps to run on the screen simultaneously. This works on both tablets and smartphones, and appears to work across all apps. We saw this in Android M previews, but it never made it to the final version. However, in Android N this is a highlight feature that's getting a lot of attention.

Multi-window support works by tapping the square recent apps menu, then sliding any app to the top. Instantly users can run two apps at once, resize each screen as they see fit, and better multi-task on Android. This will be a very welcomed edition for Android tablet users, app developers and more. Google also states this will allow "Picture-in-Picture" mode for Android TV, which is awesome. Being able to watch TV while browse Netflix at the same time.

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