The Android 7.0 Nougat official software is rolling out to Google’s Nexus devices as of Monday. Users should expect to receive a wireless update of the new operating system on the Nexus 6, Nexus 5X, Nexus 6P, Nexus 9, Nexus Player as well as the Pixel C notebook throughout the day and in coming days.
Users in the Android Beta Program will also receive the update, which is simply going from the final developer preview to official software with few actual changes. However, those going from a previous Android version to Android 7.0 will notice many changes.
Some of the primary new features include an extensive emoji update, with 72 new glyphs users can add to conversations and messages. Multi-Window allows users to perform a split-screen function and have two applications visible at once. Users can control also reply to texts while in other applications and access notification settings directly from notifications.
Android 7.0 also includes the Vulkan API graphics support and Google’s Daydream virtual reality support, which is intended to unify VR specs across all Android devices. Now that Nougat is offical, more manufacturers should begin releasing smartphones that are “Daydream Ready.”
Check out more details about Android 7.0 Nougat at the Official Android Blog .
Further rollouts onto other Android devices will be determined by their manufacturers and carriers, with announcements likely in the coming days.
With Android 7.0 now official, the launch of Google’s 2016 Nexus smartphones could soon follow. However, the devices, rumored to be manufactured by HTC, won’t be the first on the market to run Nougat. That accolade will go to the LG V20, which will be announced Sept. 6.