Android Nougat (N): Release Dates and Features

Android N Features

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Android N features & release dates: Android 7.0 Nougat (or Android N the infamous abbreviation), the newest version of Google’s Android Operating System(OS) was officially released on 22nd August . Now each one of us would be eager to know when they would get the Nougat update.  So let’s talk about this first and then we would discuss on its features.

Android N is the latest Google OS released for Android run phones and tablets. The Devices which got updates on the day of its release are Nexus 6, Nexus 6P, Nexus 5X, Nexus 9, Nexus Player, Pixel C and Android One devices. Unfortunately, Nexus 5 and Nexus 7 will not get the updates because of chipset compatibility issue which I would discuss later.Now, if your smartphone is from another manufacturer like Sony, HTC, Samsung etc.,  then update for Android N can take some more time maybe more than month.

Sony was the first to test the Android N beta version on its Xperia Z3 but then the actual Nougat version will not be released for Xperia Z3 because of the same compatibility issue as suffered by Nexus 5. However, many other flagship Sony phones that are Xperia Z3+, Xperia Z4 Tablet, Xperia Z5, Xperia Z5 Compact, Xperia Z5 Premium, Xperia X, Xperia XA, Xperia XA Ultra and Xperia X Performance would be soon getting it. But they are mum about the dates.

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Motorola was the other company to confirm the upgradation of Android OS in Moto G4 plus by the end of September as they  update only to the stock version of Android.

LG can be the first manufacturer to release its new smartphone LG V20 with Android Nougat on 6th September. But for other LG devices no official statement has come yet.

HTC confirmed that they would be bringing their own modified version of Android N update to the HTC 10, One A9 and One M9 by the fall of 2016.

Meanwhile, Samsung has planned to launch Android N in its flagship phone Galaxy Note 7 within 2 month or so.  And also on Galaxy S7 and S7 edge.

Only these original equipment makers (OEMs) have confirmed so far. Stay tuned to listen from other vendors


Android N Features: Amazing Features of Android Nougat


Android N features– Android Nougat has amazing features and mostly they are inspired from those already offered by other smartphone vendors like Samsung and HTC. I will only cover the software related features and skip the hardware related features.  So let us browse through the best of them.

  • Split Screen(Multi-Window) Support


Android N Features

Split_Screen in Android Nougat

Android N features -This is certainly the highlight of Android N .  Two apps are snapped to occupy halves of the screen. This means that you can work over two apps simultaneously  without the need to navigate them individually. For this just long press the recent (or multi-tasking) button (or icon) in the navigation bar.  For example, you can watch a video on YouTube along with texting a message to your friend over WhatsApp.


Also there is a quick switch feature which allows you to open your previous application by just double tapping the same recent button (or icon) in the navigation bar.


  • Direct-Reply to Notifications (or Inline Messaging)

Android N Features

Direct Message


Android N features -Another amazing user friendly  feature of Android Nougat that allows you to reply to a message without needing to navigate away from the current application (or window) just to answer few words or maybe a single emoji. Astonishingly, this feature will be extended to almost all messaging apps like WhatsApp, Messenger etc.


  • Quick Settings Menu

Android N features

Quick Setting Menus

Android N features – The Notification Shade (single pull from top) has been remodelled. It features a row of menus (or icons) for settings. Thus, to change some setting parameters like WiFi, Bluetooth etc. , we don’t require to pull down the notification bar twice. Moreover, we can sort the quick setting menus to our own needs. Also the Notification cards are replaced with new SHEET design



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