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Android Nougat (codenamed Android N during development) is the seventh major version of the Android operating system. First released as an alpha test version on 9 March 2016, it was officially released on 22 August 2016, with Nexus devices being the first to receive the update. The LG V20 was the first smartphone released with Nougat.

Nougat introduces notable changes to the operating system and its development platform, including the ability to display multiple apps on-screen at once in a split-screen view, support for inline replies to notifications, and an expanded "Doze" power-saving mode that restricts device functionality once the screen has been off for a period of time. Additionally, the platform switched to an OpenJDK-based Java environment and received support for the Vulkan graphics rendering API, and "seamless" system updates on supported devices.

Nougat received positive reviews. The new app notification format received particular praise, while the multitasking interface was seen as a positive change, but reviewers experienced incompatible apps. Critics had mixed experiences with the Doze power-saving mode, but faster app installs and "tweaks" to the user interface were also reviewed positively.

As of 7 July 2017, 11.5% of devices that access Google Play run Nougat, with 10.6% on Android 7.0 and 0.9% on Android 7.1


This OS comes with RAW GNSS Data access which is very useful for developers and normal users who are interested for decimeter level accurate location from the smart phone GNSS sensor. Now the RAW GNSS data is available for Developers via the Android Nougat API V24. Carrier phase measurement which can be used in conjunction with correction data from internet based PPP sources. previously this data was hidden behind hardware driver layers developers has access only to Processed outputs. Google had announced[34]this feature in May 2016 in its IO2016 conference and demonstrated the feature with supported Application software and Matlab Code for further processing of GNSS data. All of the codes available in github.

User experience

Nougat redesigns the notification shade, which now features a smaller row of icons for settings, replacing notification cards with a new "sheet" design, and allowing inline replies for notifications. This feature is implemented via existility on Android Wear. Multiple notifications from a single app can also be "bundled",[6] and there is greater per-app control over notifications.[35]

split-screen display mode was introduced for phones, in which two apps can be snapped to occupy halves of the screen. An experimental multi-window mode is also available as a hidden feature, where multiple apps can appear simultaneously on the screen in overlapping windows.[36]

The "Doze" power saving mechanism introduced in Android Marshmallow was expanded to include a state activated when the device is running on battery and the screen has been off for a period of time but is not stationary. In this state, network activity is restricted, and apps are granted "maintenance windows" in which they can access the network and perform background tasks. As in Marshmallow, the full Doze state is activated if the device is stationary with its screen off for a period of time.[6][37] A new "Data Saver" mode restricts background mobile data usage, and can trigger internal functions in apps that are designed to reduce bandwidth usage, such as capping the quality of streaming media.[37][38]


In December 2015, Google announced that Android Nougat would switch its Java Runtime Environment from the defunct Apache Harmony to OpenJDK—the official open source implementation of the Java platform maintained by Oracle Corporation and the Java community.[39] The Android Runtime (ART) now incorporates a profile-guided compilationsystem, utilizing a JIT compiler and profiling alongside its current ahead-of-time compiler to further optimize apps for a device's hardware and other conditions in the background.[37]

Nougat introduces a system for enabling "seamless", automatic system updates, based upon and sharing some code with the implementation of similar functionality on Chrome OS. The system uses a pair of SquashFS partitions; the Android system executes from an "online" partition, while updates are applied in the background to a redundant "offline" partition. On the next boot following the installation of an update, the redundant partition is designated as active, and the device henceforth boots into the updated system. The previous system partition is kept as a backup in case of update failure, and to serve as the "offline" partition for the next update. This system removes the requirement for the device to reboot into the system recovery environment to apply the update (which prevents the device from being used until the update is complete) and also provides the ability for an update to be automatically rolled back in case of a failure. Due to the partitioning requirements of this system, existing devices will not support seamless updates. Additionally, due to the ART changes on Nougat, apps no longer need to be re-compiled upon the first boot after a system update.[40][41]

Developer Preview 2 added platform support for Vulkan, the new low-level 3D-rendering API to augment OpenGL ES but with higher graphics performance.[7][42][43]

Nougat is the first version featuring Unicode 9.0 support and comes with updated emoji plus support for emoji skin tones.[7]

Android 7.1 adds native API support for implementing image keyboards; multi-endpoint telephony; shortcut menus and rounded icon assets for apps on launchers; and support for the Google Daydream virtual

reality platform.[27] The Google Daydream feature is a specific "VR mode", with advanced technology for reduced graphics latency,[44] a "sustained performance mode" to assist developers in optimizing apps to a device's thermal profile,[37] a new head tracking algorithm which combines the input from various device sensors, and integration of system notifications into the VR user interface.[45]


In response to the Stagefright family of bugs disclosed and fixed in 2015, several changes were made to harden the media stack against future vulnerabilities. Runtime integer overflow detection was implemented, preventing the majority of Stagefright-like programming bugs from becoming vulnerabilities, in addition to helping fix and prevent such bugs. Android's monolithic MediaServer process was redesigned to better adhere to the principle of least privilegeMediaServer is now split into several separate processes, each running in its own unprivileged sandbox, and granted only the permissions required for its task. For example, only the AudioServer can access Bluetooth, and libstagefright now runs within the MediaCodecService sandbox, which is only granted GPU access. Further constraints were placed on the media stack through seccomp.[46]

Various mechanisms were enabled to reduce the possibility of malicious code being injected and/or executed inside the Linux kernel, including dividing kernel memory into logical segments for code and data, with page access permissions of read-only and no-execute as appropriate. The kernel was also restricted from directly accessing user space memory, and stronger stack protection was enabled in the GCC compiler to reduce stack smashing. To limit exposure of the kernel to potentially malicious code, perf was disabled by default, ioctl commands were restricted by SELinux, and seccomp-bpf was enabled to grant processes the ability to restrict system calls.[47]

On devices shipping with Android Nougat, the "Verified Boot" policy (introduced partially on KitKat, and displaying notifications on startup on Marshmallow) must be strictly enforced. If system files are corrupted or otherwise modified, the operating system will only allow operation in a limited-use mode or refuse to boot at all.[48][49]


Dieter Bohn of The Verge praised the new multitasking interface in Android Nougat, calling it "long overdue" for Android tablets. Although he initially found the implementation "confusing", he wrote that it worked well once he understood it properly, though he noted that "some apps don’t fully support split screen, while others work fine but pop up a warning anyway". Bohn also liked the new way to reply to any message notification, stating "Android has long had an advantage in useful and consistent notifications" versus iOS, and added "now that quick replies are standard on it I don't see that lead diminishing". He also highlighted "tweaks" throughout, including quick toggles in the notification drawer, Settings menu with more visual information, and a Camera app that has been "cleaned up a bit", as welcome changes. Bohn stated that he didn't notice any significant battery improvements despite the Doze power-saving feature in Nougat. He also wrote extensively about the fact that, even though Nougat is "great", "it’s a shame it will take so long for anybody to see it", writing about the lack of updates to most Android devices, and that "unless you have a Nexus, it could be a few months, it could be a year [sic], before it becomes available on your phone".[50]

Chris Velazco of Engadget also praised the new, bundled app notifications, writing that prior Android versions' notifications "just sort of sit there" until interaction, but Nougat "does a much better job of bundling them by app and letting you get things done". He highlighted the ability to expand a bundled Gmail notification to see subjects and senders of individual messages. Velazco stated that split-screen multitasking was a "big deal", but he also encountered non-compatible apps. Visual elements in the Settings app, quick toggles in the notification dropdown, and new language and emoji support were also positive highlights in the review. Velazco did note a battery improvement from the Doze power-saving feature, stating his "Nexus 6P seemed to gain about an hour or two of standby battery life". He also wrote that installing and launching apps might be "a little faster than usual" thanks to Nougat's new app compiler, and he hoped game developers will utilize the new Vulkan API for some "seriously good-looking mobile gaming"

How to download Android 7 Nougat update right now

Here's how to get Android Nougat on your phone and tablet

The Android 7 Nougat update is out now and is available for many devices, meaning you can update to it without jumping through too many hoops. 

For many phones, you'll find Android 7 is ready and waiting for your device.

Some devices such as the Google PixelPixel XL Nexus 5XNexus 6P and some other Android One devices can now download the early Android O software as well.

If your phone or tablet isn't among the devices ready for Android 7, keep an eye on our Android Nougat release date article for the latest information about when you're likely to get the update. Generally speaking, the newer and more high-profile your device is, the sooner you're likely to get a taste of Nougat.

Google's new smartphones, the Google Pixel and Google Pixel XL, launched with Android 7.0 Nougat, and it's also now available for the LG G5,  Moto Z and Moto Z Force and the budget-friendly Moto G4 and Moto G4 Plus devices. Sony's Xperia X and Xperia X Compact phones have also got Android 7.0 Nougat, and a new version, Android 7.1.1 has been released with some bug fixes and updates.

Android Nougat

However you do it Android Nougat is worth getting, as it adds a load of new features, like multi-window mode, which lets you run two apps side-by-side, the ability to directly reply to notifications without leaving the screen you're on, and a new quick settings menu.

That's alongside improvements to existing Android features, such as improved battery efficiency with Doze Mode and general performance improvements.

And those are just some of the highlights – so without further ado, here's how to download Android Nougat.

What to do before you download and install Android 7.0 Nougat

First of all, you might want to consider backing up your device. This is the finished, stable release of Android Nougat, but there's always a chance things can go wrong during the upgrade process, and having a backup will enable you to revert to your previous version of Android quickly and easily.

How to download Android 7 0 N right now

Ensure that your device's built-in backup feature is enabled. To do this go to 'Settings' > 'Backup & reset' and make sure both 'Backup my data' and 'Automatic restore' are checked.

You can also back up your photos by plugging your Android device into a PC via USB, and then view the phone in Windows or Mac OS X, browse to the DCIM folder and copy the folder or its contents over.

To make sure absolutely everything is backed up, check out our comprehensive guide to backing up your Android device.

Checking for the update

Once you're ready to go, you'll need to make sure your phone or tablet is too. The Nexus 6, Nexus 5X, Nexus 6P, Nexus 9, Nexus Player, Google Pixel C and Android One devices will be the first things to get Android Nougat, but not all of them will be updated on day one.

The update is set to occur in stages over the coming weeks, and some carriers will receive the update later than others. Google hasn't been more specific than that, so for now if you have one of the devices above you'll just need to keep an eye out.

Software update

It will be obvious when the update is available for your device, as Nougat will be pushed to devices as an over the air software update, so you should get a notification when it's available.

However, you can also manually check for the update by heading to the 'Settings' screen, then scrolling to the bottom, hitting 'About phone' and selecting 'System updates' or 'Software updates'.

How to force the Android 7.0 Nougat update

Even if you have a recent Nexus device you may not see the Android 7.0 Nougat update. However, you can force the update by signing up to the Android Beta program.

Although Android 7.0 Nougat is now finalised, by signing up to the Beta program you will get priority for the Android 7.0 Nougat upgrade, allowing you to download it right not.

How to download Android 7 0 Nougat right now

To sign up go to the Android Beta website and select "Enrol device." You'll need to have a newer Google Nexus. Once enrolled you should see an update waiting for you on your device.

Downloading Android Nougat

So you've either had a notification or manually checked and found that Android Nougat is available for your device? Congratulations! Now you just need to download and install it. Simply follow the onscreen prompts to do this, but first check that you are connected to a Wi-Fi network (as the update could wreck havoc with your data allowance), and that you have a decent amount of battery left.

In fact, it would be wise to plug your phone or tablet in while it's updating, as you don't want it to die part way through. You should also choose a time when you don't need urgent access to your device, as you may be unable to use it for a while.

Now you simply need to play the waiting game and before long, your device will be running a new and tasty version of Android.

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