For those that want to see what’s new in Google’s Android 7.0 Nougat update, you can see everything 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 and Android 7.1 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. Excluding some of the Pixel-exclusive features. There are over 50 changes, but only a few are visual. Many of the improvements are behind the scenes but will make a big difference once your phone gets an update.
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. Android 7.1 Nougat is on the Google Pixel or as a developer preview, and will officially arrive in December.
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 developing the latest software. However, the LG G5 is getting Android 7.0 right now. Select Moto Z users have the latest release. We can expect updates throughout the end of the year and into 2017 to Android 7.0 Nougat.
Throughout the year Google 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. In late November Android 7.1 preview 2 arrived and more are on the way. Not to mention the latest November Android 7.1 security update for Nexus and Pixel devices.
So download the update to Android 7.1 Nougat today on a Nexus, enjoy the latest version of Android, and sign up for future betas once they become available later this month or in December. All other smartphone users need to wait for carriers or manufacturers to push software updates.
Android 7.0 or Android 7.1 Nougat is a free software update for all smartphones and tablets that can support it. Many will get updates from manufacturers like Samsung, Motorola, LG and more. That said, it took most phones and tablets a long time to get Android 6.0 Marshmallow. We’re hoping N rolls out faster around the globe. All said and done, the beta tests should speed up the process. We’re already seeing beta tests by Samsung, and others like LG and Motorola are pushing out updates already.
What’s New in Android 7.0
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. Furthermore, it’s also on the LG G5, Moto Z, Moto Z Force and more are coming soon.
Additionally, Android 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. 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. This 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 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. Meaning, there is a lot to see. We’ll be adding more to our list as we dig through each 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. It’s worth noting the older Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow will always be on the left if needed. Android 7.0 Nougat or 7.1 is on the right or by itself. We’ll update with more details as they become available.