Google typically releases new Android versions with the launch of new Nexus smartphones. However, this year the search engine giant is breaking all the traditions. Android Nougat 7.0 has started rolling out today as an over the air update to Nexus devices.
Android Nougat arrives today
Google surprised everyone with an early launch of the Android N public beta back in March. Not only did Google make this launch early, it also introduced a Beta Program offering an easy over the air update process. Expected to be released to the public with new Nexus hardware, Google has broken another tradition this year. Nougat is out of beta as Google's latest mobile operating system is rolling out as an over the air update to all the supported Nexus devices. These include:
- Nexus 6P
- Nexus 5X
- Nexus 6
- Nexus 9
- Pixel C tablet
- Nexus Player
- General Mobile 4G (Android One)
Devices that are enrolled in the Android Beta Program will also receive today's update. With today's launch, it has become official that Nexus 5 and Nexus 7 2013 won't receive the Android Nougat update from Google. But for others, it's time to start the "refresh game," as we know you can't wait to try all the new features that Android Nougat has promised. It will take your device some time before the update arrives, as the rollout usually takes an entire day to reach out to all the different devices in different regions.
We will be posting a detailed review of Android 7.0 Nougat later today, including its 72 new emojis, split-screen multitasking, support for Vulkan API, Daydream, and improved notifications. If you are enrolled in the Beta Program, you won't experience any major differences in today's release. Google has been sharing and releasing all the major features over the past few months. Last release also brought stability and performance improvements, pointing to an imminent final release.
If you have already received the OTA notification and made the upgrade, don't forget to share your experience with us.