Unlike Marshmallow which was all about stability and under the hood improvements, Android is 7.0 and 7.1 Nougat come with plenty of new features and enhancements to play around with. In fact so much so, that even power Android users will not be able to list all the new features in the OS in one go.
Android 7.1 Nougat
Google has long offered the option to download OS software updates over Wi-Fi or mobile data in Android. For some strange reason though, the company never really provided an option to pause a software update download once it was initiated.
Android Nougat made some big gains in Google’s Android platform distribution numbers last month, and it continues its impressive gains in March as well. In just a single month, Nougat’s share has increased from 2.8% to 4.9% in Android’s platform distribution numbers.
Earlier today, Google rolled out the final build of Android 7.1.2 Nougat. The second maintenance build of Android Nougat comes with some minor new features and fixes plenty of bugs plaguing various Nexus and Pixel devices.
Following the release of the April security patch based on Android 7.1.1, Google has gone ahead and released the final build of Android 7.1.2 for its compatible Nexus and Pixel devices as well.
Google today released the April security patch for compatible Nexus and Pixel devices. Despite the release of second Android 7.1.2 beta last month and the OS likely being ready for release, the April security patch is still based on Android 7.1.1 Nougat.
Over the weekend, OnePlus released a new OxygenOS open beta build for the OnePlus 3 and 3T. The latest beta brings a number of new features and perhaps most importantly improves the touch latency performance on the handsets.
Second Beta of Android 7.1.2 Rolling Out; Adds ‘Swipe For Notifications’ Gesture to Nexus 5X and 6P, More
Google today rolled out the second beta of Android 7.1.2 carrying the build number NPG47I for compatible Nexus and Pixel devices. This includes the Pixel, Pixel XL, Pixel C, Nexus 6P, Nexus 5X, and the Nexus Player.
OnePlus today started rolling out the OxygenOS 4.1.0 update for the OnePlus 3 and 3T. The update brings Android 7.1.1 Nougat to the handsets along with a handful of improvements to core functionality.
A slightly dramatic headline, admittedly, but accurate. You see, Android 6.0 and above uses new systems from Google to help extend battery life: ‘Doze’, which restricts what apps can do in the background when a phone is stationary and unused, and ‘App Standby’, which does much the same thing but is based on how long it is since you last used a particular application. In either case, certain applications can be accidentally affected – but here’s how to keep them chugging along.