Android 7.0 Nougat
Taking the final wrapper off of Android 7.0 Nougat
Posted by Dave Burke, VP of Engineering
Android 7.0 Nougat
Today, Android 7.0 Nougat will begin rolling out to users, starting with Nexusdevices. At the same time, we’re pushing the Android 7.0 source code to theAndroid Open Source Project (AOSP), extending public availability of this newversion of Android to the broader ecosystem.
We’ve been working together withyou over the past several months to get your feedback on this release, and alsoto make sure your apps are ready for the users who will run them on Nougatdevices.
What’s inside NougatAndroid Nougat reflects input from thousands of fans and developers like you,all around the world. There are over 250 major features in Android Nougat,including VR Mode inAndroid. We’ve worked at all levels of the Android stack inNougat — from how the operating system reads sensor data to how it sends pixels tothe display — to make it especially built to provide high quality mobile VRexperiences.
Plus, Nougat brings a number of new features to help make Androidmore powerful, more productive and more secure. It introduces a brand newJIT/AOTcompiler to improve software performance, make app installs faster,and take up less storage. It also adds platform support for Vulkan,a low-overhead, cross-platform API for high-performance, 3D graphics. Multi-Windowsupport lets users run two apps at the same time, and DirectReply so users can reply directly to notifications without havingto open the app. As always, Android is built with powerful layers of securityand encryption to keep your private data private, so Nougat brings new featureslike File-based encryption, seamless updates, and DirectBoot.
You can find all of the Nougatdeveloper resources here, including details on behavior changes and newfeatures you can use in your apps. An overview of what's new for developers isavailable here, andyou can explore all of the new user features in Nougat here.
Multi-window mode in Android Nougat
The next wave of usersStarting today and rolling out over the next several weeks, the Nexus 6, Nexus 5X, Nexus 6P, Nexus 9, Nexus Player,Pixel C, and General Mobile 4G (Android One) will get an over-the-air softwareupdate to Android 7.0 Nougat. Devices enrolled in the Android Beta Program will alsoreceive this final version.
And there are many tasty devices coming from our partners running Android Nougat, including the upcoming LGV20, which will be the first new smartphone that ships with Android Nougat, right out of the box.
With all of these new devices beginning to run Nougat, now is the time topublish your app updates to Google Play. We recommend compiling against, andideally targeting, API 24. If you’re still testing some last minute changes, agreat strategy to do this is using GooglePlay’s beta testing feature to get early feedback from a small group ofusers — including those using Android 7.0 Nougat — and then doing a stagedrollout as you release the updated app to all users.
What’s next for Nougat?We’re moving Nougat into a new regular maintenance schedule over the comingquarters. In fact, we’ve already started work on the first Nougat maintenancerelease, that will bring continued refinements and polish, and we’re planning tobring that to you this fall as a developer preview. Stay tuned!
We’ll be closing open bugs logged against Developer Preview builds soon, butplease keep the feedback coming! If you still see an issue that you filed in thepreview tracker, just file a new issueagainst Android 7.0 in the AOSP issue tracker.
Thanks for being part of the preview, which we shared earlier this year with aneye towards giving everyone the opportunity to make the next release ofAndroid stronger. Your continued feedback has been extremely beneficial inshaping this final release, not just for users, but for the entire Androidecosystem.