Android 7.1 Nougat vs Android 6.0 Marshmallow: What’s New

For those that want to see what’s new in Google’s new Android 7.1 Nougat update, 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 7.1 Nougat on a Nexus 6P and the older Nexus 6.

Here we will detail some of the new features and changes Google has made in Android 7.0 and now Android 7.1 Nougat. There are over 50 changes, but only a few are visual. Many of the changes are behind the scenes but will play a huge role moving forward.


Read: How to Fix Bad Nexus Android 7.0 Battery Life

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 the overall design. With the latest update to Android 7.1 here, lets go over the changes.


Android 7.0 Nougat was unveiled on March 9th. Earlier than prior years in an effort to get it into users hands as fast as possible. As a result the company received more feedback, made additional changes, and were better prepared for future updates.

After months of fine-tuning the developer preview was released as a stable software update for all Nexus devices. Manufacturers are still busy preparing to release it for their phones.


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 ahead of time. Then this week Android 7.1 betas started arriving.

So download the update to Android 7.1 Nougat today, enjoy the latest version of Android, and sign up for future betas once they become available in November.



Android 7.1 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. All these beta tests should speed up the process.

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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And now 7.1 is available on the Google Pixel, Nexus 5x, Nexus 6P and Pixel C. 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.

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. We also like the new round icons, space saver, and app icon shortcuts. Not to mention 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 or 7.1 is on the right or by itself. We’ll update with more details as they become available.

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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