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Android 7.0 Nougat Update: Rumors, Features, Release Date And More!

By Sarene Mae Butao , Aug 15, 2016 05:40 AM EDT
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Android 7.0 or what will be known as Nougat will be released this month, according to sources. The Developer Preview 5 of this new Android OS is already out and some had the opportunity of testing it. Here are the glimpse of its beta version's features. This newest mobile operating system from Android has been systematically refined. Tech giant, Google, is now officially making its way to more than half of the English alphabet with letter 14 out of 26 in naming their OS. 

The Developer Preview is now available for download. It enables users to test its new features that did not make the cut during the launching of Android 6.0 Marshmallow last November together with the Nexus 5X and Nexus 6P. According to Tech Radar, Android Nougat will be out this August, which has been moved up from the usual late October release. Based on the official timeline from Google, it indicates that the Nougat Beta is about to be completed unless the company decides to put some more tests and delay the said release.

According to PC Advisor, Android 7.0 Nougat's features are divided into three categories: security, performance and productivity. For security, the new version of Android will be introducing file-based encryption, seamless updates and media framework. This means that Nougat will download its new updates silently in the background and will be ready to use on the next reboot. However, this new feature will just be available through phones that have Nougat installed out of the box. It will just work on phones having two system images, while current phones, had only one system image.

For performance, Nougat will feature the new Vulkan 3D graphics API, which costs much lower CPU overhead than the previous OpenGL. It will also introduce the JTI compiler which will fasten the app installations by 75% and will have 50% compiled code reduction. There are also new platforms available at optimizing the consumption of memory and battery.

And lastly the productivity, which is the most exciting part. The Nougat direct reply feature is the first. This will enable users to reply to email and messages directly from the notification bar. Google reportedly will also customize the navigation buttons while finally having a clear all button which is located on the top of the recent app menu.

These are just some of the new line of features that is to be introduced in the new version of Android. Stay tuned for more updates upon its official release this coming August 2016.

 

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