The long awaited Android 7.0 Nougat update is finally scheduled for a Canadian launch. Telus has released a chart showing dates that updates can be expected for certain devices. Nougat, which was first released as an alpha in March of this year, is scheduled for full release on August 22nd.
According to Telus, the update arrives on the Huawei Nexus 6P, LG Nexus 5X, and BlackBerry PRIV first, but other devices should be soon to follow suit. If you have a phone that is more than a couple years old its probably time to upgrade so you can get your hands on some of the new features that Nougat is bringing to the table, including the ability to use two apps at the same time and set the importance levels of certain apps and notifications. There’s also a data saving feature that lets you disable certain apps from using your data so you don’t keep getting charged for ridiculous data overages. On top of that, The OS is also designed to help you better block unwanted calls and messages. If that doesn’t impress you, well, there are some new emojis.
Android Nougat is the latest iteration of its operating system named for people who have a sweet tooth. It follows on updates such as MarshMallow, Ice Cream Sandwich, Honeycomb and Gingerbread, amongst others.
Some good news for those of you who are interested in virtual reality (VR) gaming. Google Daydream, which is Cardboard’s older and hopefully much more sophisticated brother (who, incidentally, wont be made out of cardboard) should be coming out soon after the Nougat release. Daydream should herald the beginning of a new era for mobile gaming by introducing Unreal Engine 4 and even Unity to the mix. Even your regular every day apps such as YouTube will support Daydream. Google Daydream should be a more affordable method of VR gaming for those of you who can’t get your hands on the Oculus Rift or HTC Vive but will also be a bit more advanced than the Samsung Gear VR.
Desk phones are becoming smart phones….
For a long time iPhone user this new update might seem underwhelming, except for Google Daydream, of course. Not to say that Apple is doing a much better job with iOS 10, which is expected to be released along with the new iPhone 7 in early September. iOS 10 is set to feature more new emojis as well so its not all bad, if you like emojis, that is. Apple garnered some press when it announced that is will replace the gun emoji with a water gun with the new iOS, but overall there hasn’t been much buzz about it.
So if you’re excited for new emojis, Google Daydream, and split screen capability’s you hopefully wont have much longer before you can sink your teeth into some Nougat. But if you don’t feel like waiting the Developer preview of Nougat is still available on select Google phones.