It looks as though the leak from Canadian carrier Telus was accurate: August 22nd is indeed the official launch day for Android 7.0 Nougat. Google confirmed the news this afternoon, and announced that supported Nexus devices will begin receiving the update in waves over the coming weeks.
Supported devices include:
Unfortunately, those that have clung to the original Nexus 5 are left out of the loop this time around. Google also confirmed news that we first heard earlier this month: the LG V20 will be the first smartphone to ship with Nougat installed, hitting the market even before Google’s 2016 Nexus flagships.
Although Android 7.0 Nougat isn’t a dramatic departure from Android 6.0 Marshmallow that came before it, it does offer plenty of notable upgrades. There is now an expanded emoji universe which includes more than 1,500 different emojis to choose from. Borrowing heavily from skinned UIs that came before it, Nougat provides Quick Settings controls to access oft-used features like Bluetooth, Wi-Fi and the flashlight.
Other features include multi-window support for apps, Direct Reply for notifications, a “dozier” Doze mode which allows you to eek even more out of your battery, Vulkan 3D API, Daydream VR support, and file-based encryption. When all is said and done, there are over 250 new features that have been introduced in Android 7.0 Nougat.
If you currently own a supported Nexus device, simply sit back and wait for chewy Nougat goodness to arrive as an over-the-air update.