Now that Google has released the stable version of Android Nougat and Nexus devices are already receiving the software, it has started coming to some people’s attention that not all features that have been doing rounds in the developer preview versions are not on board.
The developer previews had a lot to showcase, but as usual, it is rare to come across all features showcased in these initial releases when the first stable version comes out. Usually, incremental updates are what bring these other features to the OS and apparently, Google is working on the first maintenance release for this latest Android Nougat OS.
According to a new rumor, the maintenance release that Google is working on will supposedly come along with quite a lot. Of course, security fixes and performance improvements are the most basic outcomes from such releases, however, it seems Google has more to this one. If this rumor materializes, we may end up seeing some of the missing features added to Android Nougat.
One of the missing features, which has also been in the rumor mills in recent times, is the Nexus Launcher. Furthermore, it is thought that this upcoming update will also add the much-touted Google Assistant to the platform. There has also been talk of redesigned Android buttons and as it seems, this feature will also show up once users of the OS install the latest updates.
It is possible that the timing of the release of this first Android Nougat Maintenance package could go hand-in-hand with the introduction of Google Nexus 2016 phones. HTC is making two phones dubbed Marlin and Sailfish and apparently, they should be released in October. Google might be looking to debut the two phones with the first maintenance release running out of the box.
Despite its efforts, the search engine giant might find it hard to beat the LG V20, a phone that could end up becoming the first to be powered by Android Nougat out of the box. Apparently, LG will launch the phone on September 6th, with the official release set to follow a couple of weeks later.