In early January the highly anticipated OnePlus Android 7.0 Nougat update arrived for select devices. Back in August Google released the update to Android Nougat and owners have been waiting for it. Its a slow and painful process waiting for updates, and here’s what we know about them for all OnePlus owners.
Android 7.0 Nougat is loaded with new features, improved battery life, multi-window mode and more. Nexus and Pixel owners have been enjoying it for some time, and now it’s OnePlus’ turn. The company announced the beta is over, and the stable release is rolling out now to kick off 2017.
The Android N developer test ended in August and was quickly released for select devices. There are beta programs from LG, Samsung, Sony and more. Earlier this year we learned the OnePlus 3 Nougat beta was coming in November. Now after two months of testing, it’s ready for all users. Read on for more details.
Popular smartphones from all major manufacturers will see a free update to Android 7.0 Nougat or Android 7.1.1 in the near future. Samsung finished their beta, Motorola already updates phones, and more are coming.
Some of the most popular smartphones of 2015 and 2016 are from OnePlus. A company that delivers high-end flagship devices at a wallet friendly price point. The OnePlus 3 is as good as the Galaxy S7 Edge, but for only $399. Not to mention the even better OnePlus 3T for $439, which rivals Google’s own Pixel.
Earlier this year OnePlus blend the two teams working on the OS for China and the rest of the world into one group. An effort to bring the latest software and features to all devices at a faster pace. It seems to have worked, because the OnePlus 3 Android 7.0 Nougat update is now available.
OnePlus Android 7.0 Nougat Updates
While we can expect a slew of devices to see updates, the company is starting with the most important ones first. Those being the 3 and 3T. Then we can look forward to the OnePlus X, and potentially the OP2 from 2015.
The company promised updates would arrive before the end of December, and technically they hit that mark. The community beta test is over, and OnePlus leader Carl Pei had this to say on Twitter.
2) Android N stable OTA for the OP3 and the OP3T. Gradual rollout will begin later tonight.
— Carl Pei (@getpeid) December 31, 2016
On December 31st the OnePlus 3 and 3T received the official “over-the-air” update to Android Nougat. Some got it right away, others saw a slight delay. Expect all updates to conclude by January 14th. Giving OnePlus two weeks to deliver it to all users. On January 9th OnePlus confirmed another Nougat update is rolling out with fixes and tweaks.
Alternatively, those who don’t want to wait for the OTA can flash the software themselves.
For now only the latest two phones are getting updates. More are coming at a later date. Don’t expect the original to receive Android 7.0 Nougat officially. That said, the developer community at the OnePlus forums or XDA will surely have a version available for download.
In closing, the company has confirmed the OnePlus 2 will indeed be updated to Android Nougat. There is no timeframe yet, but we’ll update once we know more.
What’s New in Android 7.0 Nougat
Our link at the top of the page is an in-depth look at Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow vs Android 7.0 Nougat. Including everything that’s new and different with comparison photos. It goes over many of the key changes, so start there. Including changes in Android 7.1.1 Nougat.
As a quick recap, the OnePlus Android 7.0 update will bring improved performance, better battery life with “Doze” features, better split-screen multitasking, the recent apps button works like ALT+TAB and switches between the last used apps, and much more. Google has over 50 big changes in Android N. Like faster app installs, which are also smaller, a new JIT compiler, improved graphics and performance with the Vulkan API, revamped notifications with quick reply from the pulldown bar, customizable quick setting tiles and so much more. Expect all of that to be highlighted on the OnePlus 3 and it’s nearly stock version of Android.
A huge addition announced at Google IO was “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 then removes those parts, and we’re done. That has yet to go live, but we’re expecting it by the end of the year.
Not to mention things like a better and improved Google Now or Search using the Google Assistant with machine learning, number blocking and call screening, and more than we know under the hood or behind the scenes.
OP smartphones run nearly stock Android, similar to the Google Pixel. This means it doesn’t have a huge layer of changes like we see from Samsung, LG or HTC. Allowing the developers to finish updates easier and faster.
Technically the update is listed as OxygenOS 4.0 when it hits devices, not labeled as Android Nougat. However, here’s what the upgrade entails.
- Upgraded to Android 7.0 Nougat
- New Notifications Design
- New Settings Menu Design
- Multi-Window View
- Notification Direct Reply
- Custom DPI Support
- Added Status Bar Icon Options
- Improved Shelf Customization
In previous years we received slow updates from the company, but that certainly isn’t the case to kick-off 2017. In fact, OnePlus is ahead of Samsung, LG, HTC and many others. Rather than waiting until March or later for the newest release, owners can get it the first week of January.
Again, those still waiting on Android 7.0 Nougat for their phone, need to know that it will arrive soon. The company is slowly releasing it to all devices. Then, their team will continue working on the OnePlus 2 Android Nougat update.
This is good news for owners, as most didn’t expect such timely updates. The fact that users with a Samsung device are waiting, while OnePlus is sending out Nougat, is a big deal. Enjoy the update to Android 7.0 Nougat, and we’ll update once we know more about incremental upgrades to Android 7.1.1 in the near future.
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