Google's existing devices like the new Pixel phones and the Nexus 5X and 6P are set to receive beta versions of the company's new Android 7.1.2 Nougat OS but older devices like the Nexus 6 and the Nexus 9 will be missing out. This is the first time that these two devices have been left out of new software upgrades but they will continue to receive critical security upgrades at least for another year.
Own a Samsung handset? These phones are getting an Android N update
As off now, Nexus 6 and Nexus 9 devices run Google's Android 7.1.1 Nougat OS which is a boon to their users given that Google didn't promise about including them in the list of devices eligible for the Nougat update. Thanks to the new OS, these devices now field new features like multi-window view, new battery saving options and improved security systems.
While Google's devices are usually the first to receive new Android updates, Samsung recently announced that it will roll out the new OS to several of its devices, especially the premium ones. These devices include Galaxy S6, Galaxy S6 edge and S6 edge Plus, Galaxy Note5, Galaxy Tab A with S Pen, Galaxy Tab S2 (LTE unlock), Galaxy A3, and Galaxy A8 and these will be updated with the new OS in the first six months of 2017.
The new Android version will also be present in a number of premium devices launching in the first quarter of this year. These include the LG G6, Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus, Huawei P10 and Sony's upcoming flagship phone. The new Android 7.0 OS brings in Split Screen view in smartphones which can be accessed by holding down the task-switching button. Switching between apps is now easier with ‘Quick Switch’, as well with the task-switching button so you just need to double-tap it to instantly switch to your most recently used app, and then click ‘clear all’ to get rid of all the open windows.
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Android N brings in smaller icons and full-width design in notifications to make them look cleaner and fresher as well as super-functional. You can now expand them twice successively to see more information and take action. There are also little buttons to expand each notification if you don’t feel like swiping.
Thanks to the new OS, you will also be able to decide if you need more notifications from a particular app by long pressing on a notification. Instead of dragging down the notification panel twice to get to settings, Wi-Fi etc, they are now presented in a row of five above notification- all infinitely customisable so you have your most used toggles on tap.