Android Nougat

After a five-month developer preview program, the next version of Android is finally upon us! Google has announced that Android 7.0 Nougat is complete, and Nexus devices will begin receiving the update starting now.

Nougat brings a host of new features, including split-screen multi-window, improved notifications and longer battery life through the improved Doze feature.

We're not expecting the final version of Android 7.0 to feature any significant changes compared to the last developer preview build, which arrived a month ago. (With the natural exception that Nougat is now considered final and stable, and ready for everyone to use.)

The final code has landed — but no new Nexus devices yet.

Google says the over-the-air update to Android Nougat will go out to the Nexus 6, Nexus 5X, Nexus 6P, Nexus 9, Nexus Player, Pixel C and General Mobile 4G (Android One) as part of a staged rollout over the coming weeks. (Only a few Nexus owners will receive the OTA initially, Google tells us, and some carriers will get it later than others.) Of course if you don't want to wait, you'll be able to manually update by flashing a system image as soon as the images are posted by Google. Those who are already on the Android N Developer Preview can expect to see an OTA update even earlier.

Nougat is the first named Android version to arrive without an accompanying Nexus device since the program started back in late 2009. And while we're not getting new Google-branded phones together with the software release, we're expecting to see new HTC-built handsets later in the year, likely with extra Google software goodies atop Nougat. On Sept. 6, LG will unveil the first new phone with Nougat, the V20.

Android Nougat