Android N or Android Nougat is the latest operating system for Android mobile devices, which Google says “brings a number of new features to make Android more powerful, more productive and more secure”. It was first rolled out in August, but was momentarily put on hold to address battery issues. It was only during the first week of September that downloads resumed.
One of the best features is the new JIT/AOT compiler that will make a difference in software performance, app installation, and storage consumption. Similar to its predecessors, Nougat comes with “powerful layers of security and encryption…like File-based encryption, seamless updates, and Direct Boot”.
Android Nougat will also have more colorful keyboards. In addition to the options “material dark” and “material light”, it will have pink, red, blue, green and many others.
The new operating system has already reached some of Nexus’ mobile devices, as they are always first in line. These include Nexus 5X, Nexus 6, Nexus 6P, Nexus 9, Nexus Player, Pixel C and Android One (General Mobile 4G). This kind of privilege, however, has yet to extend to the Nexus 9 LTE. The answer to When is a vague in due time.
Following the pattern of the Android Marshmallow’s release, Nexus first got the Android N update, then the Android One just a day after.
Next on the list is the soon-to-be-launched LG V20, which is the first non-Nexus mobile phone to get Android Nougat. When the LG V20 was released on 5 September, it was shipped pre-installed with the new OS via an OTA update.
Two other devices that were shipped with Android Nougat are the Samsung Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge. It won’t be long before updates reach other Samsung Galaxy devices. Geekbench site has revealed Samsung is performing tests of Android N in other models.