Android 7.0 Nougat Review: Something To Look Forward To: Conclusion

By 10:56 Tue, 17 Aug 2021 Comments


Nougat clearly isn't a huge update. Instead, Google's focus with this release seems to have been all about polishing existing things while adding many small changes here and there, all adding up to a neat overall package. The user experience is obviously better than it ever was, and some under the hood additions promise an intriguing future - be that in gaming with the Vulkan API, or immersing yourself into virtual reality with Daydream. Useful day-to-day stuff hasn't been forgotten either, with Doze on the go improving upon the already quite fine Doze mode from last year (if only marginally so) and Data Saver doing just what its name implies. So despite its lack of one (or many) jaw-dropping recent features, Android 7.0 is definitely a worthy update.

However, if you're not part of the Nexus crowd (or own a Pixel C or a General Mobile 4G), it's tough to disclose how many of the recent things in Nougat you'll actually acquire to see. The low-level stuff that doesn't need dedicated hardware support should create it to every single handset or tablet getting Android 7.0.

On the other hand, when it comes to software features the rule of thumb is that the more a company likes to 'customize' Android on its devices, the less likely it is that most of what you've just read about will create it into its releases. With products from Motorola, OnePlus, and even HTC and Sony you're probably going to be graced with most of this stuff (though how long you'll have to wait and which phones and tablets will even acquire the update is another story).

At the opposite discontinue of the spectrum, the likes of Samsung, LG, and Huawei change so much of the core Android UI that it's really impossible to disclose if they'll ever implement any of Nougat's user-facing features in an unaltered way. This is the reality of the Android world, and it's actually described very well by Google's own slogan for its mobile Operating System (OS) - Be together. Not the same. There's certainly enough choice for everyone.



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