Written by Staff Writer
23 Aug, 2016 | 7:22 am
Google has officially released the latest version of Android, version 7.0 Nougat.
The new version of its mobile operating system allows two apps to be run on the same screen at once, and makes it possible for devices to handle more complex 3D graphics. For the most part, it looks great.
Nougat also includes the ability for apps to bundle notifications, reducing clutter on the lock screen or in the notification shade. The bundles can be expanded for more detailed information about each specific notification, and you can even reply to notifications directly from the notification shade without launching an app first.
Multi-window, or side-by-side split screen support, is the other big new functional addition. There are three ways to activate it. Pressing and holding the so-called overview button with one app on screen invokes the recently used apps list in a split-screen view to select a second app to put on screen.
Android 7.0 Nougat applies the same battery-extending features as the previous Android version 6.0 Marshmallow when the phone is moving too. When the screen is off, Nougat has much tighter controls on what can and can’t access data, how frequently and how often it wakes the phone up. The result is between 15 and 20% longer battery life says user.
For now Google’s Nexus devices, including the Nexus 6, 5X, 6P, 9 and Nexus Player, as well as the Google Pixel C tablet, will receive the update.
Google says a forthcoming phone from LG will also have the software pre-installed. But other device owners will have to wait for manufacturers to carry out their own checks before they make it possible to install the code.
The situation poses a challenge to Google, which wants as many users as possible to upgrade. According to the firm’s own figures, only 15% of Android devices in use got the previous version of Android.
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