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

Now that Google’s Android Nougat release has been available for a while, more devices are getting the update and owners are wondering what’s new. As a result, users can learn all they need to know in this Android Nougat vs Android 6.0 Marshmallow walkthrough and comparison. This is a detailed list of Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow vs Android 7 Nougat on the Nexus 6P.

Here we will detail some of the new features and improvements Google has made in Android Nougat, 7.1 and now the Android 7.1.2 Nougat release. There are over 50 changes, but only a few are visual. Many behind the scenes tweaks will make a big difference for Samsung, HTC and LG smartphone owners. Among others.

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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. Additionally, Android 7.1.1 was released on December 5th, followed by a beta of 7.1.2 in January. As 2017 continues more and more manufacturers have started to release updates.


Android 7.0 Nougat first debuted back on March 9th at Google IO. Earlier than prior years in an effort to release it faster than ever before. The beta previews allowed for faster development, more bug fixes and the earlier release we’ve seen in quite a while. Alternatively, those same betas were done by Samsung, LG and many other companies looking to fast-track software updates.

The LG G5 is getting Android 7.0 right now on multiple carriers, if it didn’t get it back in December. Moto Z & G users have the latest release and so do HTC smartphones. Now that we’re in February of 2017 the Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge Android Nougat is rolling out to millions of phones. All of those owners will want to know what to expect. If so, read on for our comparison.

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Now that many Nexus and Pixel phones are on Android 7.1.1, others are up next. Although all the other updates arriving right now are Android 7.0 and not 7.1.1 Nougat. Once the initial update arrives, smaller releases and patches will follow. Expect carriers and manufacturers to continue working hard on updates as 2017 continues. Then, we’ll start getting Android 7.1.2 later this year or in the summer.

For now though, almost all major smartphones released in 2016 are running Android 7.0 Nougat, or are getting updates as we speak or the coming days and weeks. Which is why the information below will be so helpful.


Android 7.0 or Android 7.1 Nougat is a free software update for all smartphones and tablets that can support it. After the beta period we expected updates to arrive faster this time around, but that hasn’t been the case. Many did get it within three months, but major players like Samsung still took longer than expected. However, now that we’re halfway into February almost all carriers are sending multiple Nougat updates out to select devices. That’s good news.

What’s New in Android Nougat

Currently the Android 7.1.2 Nougat release is only available for the Nexus 5X, Nexus 6P, Nexus Player and the Pixel C tablet. As well as the Pixel phones. 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. Then, the Nexus 6 and Nexus 9 received 7.1.1 but won’t get 7.1.2 Nougat. All other non-Google phones are getting the initial release from August of 2016.

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Additionally, Android 7.1 is available on the Google Pixel, Nexus 5x, Nexus 6P and Pixel C. Other devices on Nougat are running Android 7.0 and not Google’s latest maintenance update. 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, which we’re starting to see go live recently. This enables Android to install small bits of an app ( 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. Many of these won’t be seen in the update on Samsung or Motorola phones though, as they slightly change the interface to their preference.


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 7.1.1 is on the right or by itself. We’ll update with more details as they become available. Many of these changes are included on the Galaxy Nougat update, and others, but look different. Just keep that in mind as you explore the new software release. Enjoy all it has to offer, and drop us a comment below with any questions or concerns.

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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