According to a revelation from EVleaks, Android Nougat, Android OS 7.0 is rumoured to be available to the Nexus devices in August. Evan Blass, known for his credible leaks on such matters has tweeted hinting that the update will be available to users by August 5. Blass mentioned that the new update would come with a 8/5 security patch, which would by unaccessible to Nexus 5 users. If the tweet is to be believed, then Google would be breaking off from the habit of releasing any new operating system in November. HTC has already promised to send out the Android Nougat to the One M9, One A9 and the HTC 10. A Nexus 6P user, posted on Reddit that he has received the Android Nougat update. Such premature update might have been a n accident while Google was testing the compatibilty before its final release. One of latest features that the new update carries is the return of the much talked about “Android camera”. According to rumours, the exposure control woild be visible on tapping the screen to focus. This feature was not available in the last few previews of Android Nougat will be coming back.
Android 7.0 releases next month, with the 8/5 security patch. Sorry Nexus 5 owners, no Nougat for you ?
— Evan Blass (@evleaks) July 30, 2016
Among other features, there is supposed to be a direct reply feature allowing the user to respond quickly to texts and update task lists within notification interface. A “Bundled Notifications” feature might also be included that allows the user to group notifications in the same app together. Group notifications can later be expanded into notifications by a two finger gesture. “Project Svelte” will also be included in the new Android Nougat, which will optimise the way apps run in the background and reduce RAM usage.
Thoguh the update comes with a few new features, the split-screen multi-tasking is certainly to take the cherry. This means that the device would be able to open two apps simultaneously. Though this feature has been seen in many custom skinned phones, Nougat will let the user adjust the size of the split screens. Nougat will also have the added ability of recording and playback from Android tv services. Profile users can now specify a separate a security challenge for apps running in the work profile. They can customise their password settings in accordance to their requirements, like how long the PIN needs to be, fingerprint settings and likewise.
But the early August release doesn’t imply that the device users can use the update right away. Generally after Google launches a new version, phone makers and wireless carriers have to test it across all devices before it is made available in the market. Thus, the users might have to wait for months in line before they can use the new update.