Rumors were rife that Android's newest version, called Nougat, would get released for Nexus smartphone users in August. To add fuel to it, prolific leaker Evan Blass has tweet that the 7.0 iteration of Android OS will come to Nexus handsets starting August 5.
@evleaks has tweeted that Android 7.0 would be releasing next month, with the new Google Android security patch. It also mentions that Nexus 5 owners will not get Nougat on their phones, which goes in line with the prevailing rumors on Android N Developer Previews not supporting the LG-made Nexus 5 smartphone. Seems like, the upcoming update will be first released only on the last year's Nexus devices, including the Nexus 5X and the Nexus 6P. Google might bring it to other eligible devices around October-November.
Android 7.0 releases next month, with the 8/5 security patch. Sorry Nexus 5 owners, no Nougat for you 😢— Evan Blass (@evleaks) July 30, 2016
The Android Nougat will be bringing an array of new and important features as well as improvements to the Android devices. One of the most talked about is the return of the manual exposure feature to stock Android camera app.
To support this further, a report on Android Police suggests that the exposure control feature appears on screen right when a user tap the screen to focus. The camera app will feature a slide on the right hand side to let users easily adjust the exposure manually by sliding up to allow more light and sliding down for less light. Though the feature was missing from the previous preview builds of Android Nougat, the report suggests that it will be available with the final update of Android Nougat.
A new report by Android Authority suggests that the upcoming Nexus devices will feature a new app launcher that will ditch app drawer icon, and add "G" tab. Even though, the image shows no app drawer, it doesn't mean that the app drawer is dead. Is functionality can still be accessed by sliding up an arrow that is given right above the static icons placed along the bottom of the home screen.
These are just a few features that will make their way to Android smartphones via the Nougat update. Here we list down 15 other features that will be coming with the Android Nougat update.
Settings Menu: Android Nougat will bring a redesigned interface of the settings app, with several small yet significant improvements. It will make the UI faster and easy to use, as one will not have to dive into a sub menu, for all entries listed on the main menu will have a subtitle to let user quickly access it. Settings menu can split into sub-sections like Device, Sound, Notification, and more.
Multi window support: It will feature the multi-window mode, which will let users open apps in split-screen mode, as well as in picture-in-picture mode. Android N API is open for developers to build third party apps, and this feature is likely to also work for tablets and TVs powered by Android.
Night Mode: Google Android Nougat version also features the Night mode that gives user an option to change the UI settings and switch to dark color during night or dim light conditions for better visual experience. The feature went dead with the Marshmallow update, but is coming back with Nougat.
Finally, Emoji making way to Android: Google announced that Android N will support Unicode 9, which means that it will bring an array of new emojis. Moreover, there will be 13 new Emoji representing professional women!
Quick Settings tweaked for better user experience: The new version of Android has updated quick settings, which now features a single row of settings icons in the notification slide. It is easy to access and now user will not have to pull down the shade twice to access the quick settings like in the Marshmallow. You will get Wi-Fi, mobile data, Do Not Disturb and flashlight as default icons in quick settings.
Recent App UI: The recent app menu has been changed to now showcase larger cards of the App running in the background. It reveals more of the App's UI, though you will now have to scroll a little more to go to other apps.
Doze mode: Android Nougat will be more battery efficient as it brings an improved Doze mode battery saving feature. The Doze mode is an inbuilt battery saving feature, which is meant to give the best of the battery life to users.
Project Svelte: With Android N, Google is also continuing with Project Svelte, which will make Android OS much more efficient in allocating memory. With this feature, Android phones will run smoothly and work efficiently, and will be battery saving.
Call Screening feature: The call screening feature is directly integrated into the phone's default call app, to let users see incoming calls right on screen. Users get three options, which can be used to reject the call, make the call not appear in the call log, or chose to not get user notification of the call.
Number blocking: Android Nougat will feature native support for blocking the unwanted numbers, automatically rejecting them useless calls. It will let users block unwanted calls and numbers to stop getting text or calls. The update will also bring a separate API that will allow third-party apps to use the same blocked list, only if user is willing to give permission.
Always on VPN: With the Android N, users can have Always-ON VPN feature, meant to ensure security of the phone. It is good for more secured Android devices.
Save More Data: With the new update, users will be allowed to control background data usage, which will let them save data. Data Saver option in the Settings app can be used to make smartphone consume lesser data. It can also give information about how much data are the apps using.
Emergency Information: Google Android Nougat lets user give emergency information such as medical details, personal contact info and emergency contact details and more, for any medical or other emergency. All this information will be handy and can be accessed even when the phone is locked. User can tap on "Emergency" button and then double-tap the Emergency Info button.
Easy file Management: The Nougat iteration brings easy file management options such as moving a file from one folder to another, renaming a file or folder, and more. It will make easier for users to access specific file types like Images, Videos or Audio, or Downloads and Documents.
Screen zoom levels (DPI): The new Android N will let users change the fonts of messaging, app drawer and settings, and size to small, default, Large, Larger and Largest with DPI change. It comes as a system-level feature that can be accessed from Settings> Display> Display Size.