All you need to know about Android Nougat

Android Nougat is readily available on all latest smartphones including Huawei and Samsung. Most of the smartphones that we buy already consist of this software update and for those handsets which do not contain Android Nougat Software update, it is likely that they will have access to it within the next few days. Sometimes the users get confused about the actual release date as the one announced by the company often differs from the one that’s mentioned in the menu of software update.

Release date

At the moment Android 7.1.2 is available on selected phones via beta. In spite of the fact that the software update is out, its availability is still dependent on your handset. The remarkable part is that it is available on all devices made by Google including Google Pixel C, Nexus 5X, Nexus 6, Nexus 6P, Nexus Player and Nexus 9. However, Nexus 5 does not enjoy the privilege of Android Nougat.

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Other than Google all other leading smartphone companies including HTC and LG will have to revise the existing software versions to attain the update which may take up a significant amount of time. Samsung Galaxy S6 users are unable to enjoy the update owing to a number of back end complications.

Android Nougat 7.1.2 will eventually be available on all smartphones but Pixel and Nexus devices have already received the updates. The variety of customization options of this software update are making news and speculations are that the new version has a number of striking features, which are meant to optimize the performance of smartphones and tablets.

What’s new with the latest version?

The new Android software update is expected to be a more refined version of its previous version. As per the official blog of Android Nougat states that: “It includes a number of bug-fixes and optimizations, along with a small number of enhancements for carriers and users.” This is supposedly a clear sign for us that the new version will not comprise of any crucial changes but very minute variations and tweaks.

For Pixel XL and Pixel, there are noticeable bug fixes. The changes for Pixel XL Android 7.1.2 update include the following:

• Battery usage alerts • Improved fingerprint swipe performance
• Fix to the pink banding issue a small number of users were experiencing on the camera
• Additional improvements/fixes for audio popping issue some users were experiencing while playing audio at high volume
• Bluetooth connectivity improvements
• Fix to the early shutdown battery level issue

For Pixel C, new on screen buttons, and multi-tasking menu will be available. There wont be any button for app tray, users will just be able to swipe to use it

While smartphone carriers are eagerly awaiting Android Nougat’s presence on their devices, the good news for tablet users is that the software is likely to bring about major changes for improvement in tabs. The Android Nougat 7.1.2 is all set to facilitate the tab and smartphone users with exclusive features like advanced image key board support and newly designed app shortcuts.

Other than that, the new version is designed to offer some quick fixes such as smoothing up the audio cracking problem which crops up at high volumes, unexpected or early shutdown issues and problems that often occur with the camera. Moreover, the improvements in finger swipe feature and connectivity issues with Bluetooth are quite important. Android Nougat 7.1.2 is all about perfection and its multi-tasking features are commendable.

How to install the new version

Google’s focal point in launching the new version was to enhance the features and performance of Android 7.0 . Till April 3rd, the Android Nougat 7.1.2 was only available via the beta channel. But currently, it is available for a number of devices and the updates are available over the air. For those who do not want to wait any further and want to install it manually can also go ahead and do it.

For now the most startling question amongst the users is the performance of this software update and when exactly will it be working on their device? The good news for all the Android buffs is that the Android Nougat 7.1.2 will be a available to them as a free of cost update just like iOS and Windows Phone.

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The final word

Currently, a huge number of devices are utilizing the Android Marshmallow, but the advent of Android 7.1.2 version with its versatile features, it is expected that there will be a shift as Nougat will be readily available on more and more devices in the near future. The official blog of the company continues to highlight the advanced features of the latest version.

According to Google, the Android N bears around 250 major features and they plan to offer VR friendly features on the latest versions as well.

They further stated that “Nougat brings a number of new features to help make Android more powerful, more productive and more secure. It introduces a brand new JIT/AOT compiler to improve software performance, make app installs faster, and take up less storage. It also adds platform support for Vulkan, a low-overhead, cross-platform API for high-performance, 3D graphics. Multi-Window support lets users run two apps at the same time, and Direct Reply so users can reply directly to notifications without having to open the app. As always, Android is built with powerful layers of security and encryption to keep your private data private, so Nougat brings new features like File-based encryption, seamless updates, and Direct Boot.”

Let’s see how well they live up to their promises with the launch of Android 7.1.2. With all the statements we have come across, the Android Nougat 7.1.2 certainly has a lot en stored for its users!