tech2 News StaffAug 23, 2016 09:31:32 IST
Yes, as previously reported, the next milestone update for Google's mobile operating system, Android 7.0 Nougat has finally begun to roll out today. The update that varies in size, is rolling out to supported Android devices as an over-the-air (OTA) update. As with all Google software, it is rolling out in batches, so your Nexus device may not get it right away.
Talking about supported devices, the new update this time excludes two older devices from Google's Nexus line up, the Nexus 5 and the 2013 Nexus 7. Owners need not be disappointed though, as Google has plans to support those two devices by means of security patches, although it isn't clear as for how long the company will support the same.
As for the devices that are receiving the new update, Android 7.0 will be arriving on your Nexus 6, 9, 5X, 6P, the Pixel C tablet and the Nexus Player. Google said in a statement that the OTA update may take "several weeks" to roll out, so as we mentioned earlier, it will take some time till your Nexus smartphone receives the update notification. Post Android 7.0 update Google has also quarterly update roll-outs which would include maintenance releases, so yes, things are about to get pretty interesting.
Coming to what has changed in the final release, there's good news, not much has. This is however in comparison to the developer beta that we played around with a few months ago. For those upgrading from Android 6.0 to 7.0, there are plenty of changes.
There's multi-windows display, a built-in files manager, you can even block numbers at the system level. Switching between two apps now also gets easier, all you have to do is double tap the recent app (square navigation icon) button.
No update yet? Fear not!
So what if you cannot see the update notification or simply are too impatient to wait? Well Google already has a few images of the official ROM up on its developer pages, so you can click on the links below to download the official firmware and manually install the update.
The official image for the older Nexus 6 and other devices are bound to appear soon.
As for updating the manual way, this for users who are familiar with custom ROMs. You will need to push the update via your computer after booting your device into recovery. To push the update from your computer you will need ADB, for those who have already rooted their devices, you probably know the drill.
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