Soon after Google unveiled the name of Android N as Android Nougat, HTC took to twitter to announce Android Nougat on its flagship smartphones HTC 10, HTC One A9 and HTC One M9. The company hasn’t revealed when the update will roll out, but said that the timing will be announced later this year.
In one of the replies, HTC said “Additional devices to receive the update will be announced later this year when Google ships Android N to manufacturers.”
Meanwhile, Android Nougat is on its second (and mostly stable) beta version. The new Android version 7.0 comes with several new features such as an improved notification shade and split-screen multitasking. There are also some improvements seen on Doze feature released with Marshmallow update. The release further shows Daydream, Google’s new VR platform. However, this VR platform will be supported only by the VR-ready handsets with Android Nougat OS.
From the beta version, the below are some of the quick features that can be spotted on Android Nougat. The split-screen multitasking feature on Android Nougat can be accessed by the task-switching button. Users can also double-tap it to switch to the mostly recently used app. This is something akin to “Alt-Tab” on the desktop. The All-Clear button helps the user to close all screens at once.
The Notifications on Android Nougat has gone for a total refreshment, with full-width design, smaller icons, etc. Now users can expand the notification twice in sequence to see more of the information. A longer press on the Notifications can take you to settings to decide if to receive alerts from that app in future. User has options to block them or put it on silent mode. There are also rows of icons for easy access above Notifications and this feature is customizable, meaning the user can pick the ones he/she uses the most to be displayed on top.
The settings have also changed. There are a few options arranged on top such as setting up email or voice commands. The keyboard has gone colorful in Android Nougat. There are various colors to choose from, or the user can remove the lines between keys, etc. New emojis, better visual performance, etc. are also added.
The beta version of Android Nougat can be installed if you are using a recent Nexus phone.