Motorola has recently announced that the new Android 7.0 Nougat update is now ready for download on two of its hottest phones released this year – the Moto G4 and G4 Plus.
These two have been around since May 2016 and while it is not usual for midrange handsets of their type to be among the first to be updated with a new software update, Motorola has defied odds by actually beating the likes of Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge to this update.
In addition to upgrading the software of the Moto G4 and G4 Plus from Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow, the update also comes with a bunch of other improvements alongside the latest Android Security Patch from the month of November (Android 7.1.1 Nougat comes with Android Security Patch for the month of December). The company has been quick to point out that updating to the new Android 7.0 Nougat will mean users of the Moto G4 and G4 Plus will no longer be able to get back to the previously installed software, which is Android Marshmallow.
Nonetheless, the new OS has quite a number of goodies that it comes along with. For starters, users will enjoy new productivity tools such as quick switch between apps, meaning multitasking just got better and even much easier than before. Simply double tap the recent apps button and your Moto G4 or G4 Plus will immediately switch between two of your recently used apps. It gets even better when it comes to using more than one app on the same screen thanks to the newly introduced multi-view feature. In short, this feature lets you run two apps side by side in the same window, thus, replying to a WhatsApp message while watching a YouTube video will no longer be a problem. To get this feature going, just long-press the recent apps button, but this will only work if the developer of the app in question has enabled the multi-window view feature.
If you use your Moto G4 with Android for Work, the new Android 7.0 Nougat update brings the Work Mode feature. Here, it is possible to turn on/off your work apps and their associated notifications in a bid to get a better balance between work and life. As if this is not enough, Android 7.0 Nougat also debuts the data saver feature. As the name suggests, this feature comes in to help you save mobile data by denying background apps from accessing it. However, an app that is currently in use will keep on using mobile data as usual, but at a reduced frequency. The data saver mode also lets you restrict the number of apps that can fully access mobile data. Just head to Data usage Settings on your Moto G4 or G4 Plus and you should be able to apply any of these tweaks.
To ensure that you get through an entire day without any worries, the incoming Android 7.0 Nougat update picks up from where Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow left with a new Doze on the go feature. This feature sends your Moto G4 or G4 Plus into lower power usage as long as the screen is off and also when not in any kind of use, even when the phone is still in motion.
Other features you will see after updating your Moto G4 and G4 Plus to Android 7.0 Nougat include direct reply to notifications by simply swiping the status bar down and hitting the “Reply” option that pops up on the notification. This saves you more time as you don’t need to open the entire app in order to do the same. Like with the case of multi-window view, developers of apps need to enable this feature in order for it to work. You also get to enjoy bundled notifications where all notifications from the same app are grouped into a single group and when you tap the group, you can see individual notifications.
For those who love emojis, the new Android 7.0 Nougat also comes in with a bunch of new emojis that have also been redesigned to accommodate multiple skin tones.
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