Google has announced that the first smartphone that will come with Android 7.0 Nougat out-of-the box will be the LG V20. Back in March, the Android N Developer Preview Program was making its debut and a few Nexus and other devices were enrolled online. Until July, Google has released five developer previews and users had the chance to test out new features and give feedback. The new operating system will be officially released next month, but it seems that the Nexus devices will receive a new developer preview in the future.
Dave Burke, Engineering VP, wrote on the Android Developers blog that “We’re moving Nougat into a new regular maintenance schedule over the coming quarters. In fact, we’ve already started work on the first Nougat maintenance release, that will bring continued refinements and polish, and we’re planning to bring that to you this fall as a developer preview. Stay tuned!”
If the new Nexus devices built by HTC will be release much later, in October, they could come with Android 7.1, but this is only a speculation. This means that users who signed up for the Android Beta program will be able to receive OTA updates and test out unreleased features, just like Apple is doing for Public Beta users.
Google depends on users’ feedback and knows how important the OTA delivery system is for users who want to receive developer previews. After testing experimental features, users report glitches and issues to Google’s employees and they focus harder t improve their performance.
Nougat will come with many new features and we’ll mention the most important ones: multi-window (two apps will run side-by-side); 72 new emoji (there will be in total over 1,500 different emoji); Direct Reply (users won’t need to open applications to reply to notifications); Quick Switch (double tap the Overview button and switch between the two most recently used apps); Daydream (is the new platform for mobile virtual reality); VulkanTM (is an advanced 3D rendering API); Seamless updates (updates will be installed in the background) etc.