Android N is officially out and has started to roll out to several Nexus devices. This means that users will soon be able to access the factory image directly from the company.
Beginning from Scratch
The build will be helpful for users to flash a clear, stock image of the new software version on their device. This is useful for users who play are around with the ROM and want to begin from scratch when there is a major update for their phones. It may be a while before all the eligible Nexus devices receive the factory image for their phones, but as of now owners of the Pixel C, the Nexus 5X as well as the Nexus Player and WiFi Nexus 9 can download the new Nougat version build. Some devices, such as the LTE Nexus 9, the Nexus 6 and the 6P are missing for now, but they are sure to be added to the list soon. All other Nexus devices have been discontinued and owners of these phones will not be receiving the Nougat update.
Now is the Time
Those who own a Google Nexus phone that has been scheduled for receiving the new Nougat version can avail it right now. The factory image as well as the OTA.zip file of Android N version has been posted by Google and if you are impatient to wait for the OTA update that will sooner or later pop up on your phone, here’s your chance. The Android N files are available for the Pixel C, the Nexus 9 WiFi and the Nexus Player. The 6P, the 5X and the Nexus 6 come with Qualcomm processors and they will also go live in a very short time.
The new 7.0 version of Android, Android Nougat, brings in some exciting and fresh features related to the performance, the security and the productivity of your Android phones. Users can test the applications on their phones with the new system behavior. This will result in improvements in power saving as well as memory. The multi window user interface and the direct reply notification are two of the important features brought in by the latest update.
The OTA rollout of the new Android N has begun for the eligible devices, the Nexus 6, the 5X, the 6P, the 9, the Nexus Player, the Pixel C and GM 4G or Android One. All these devices will receive the OTA update for Android 7.0 shortly. All devices that have been enrolled in the beta program of Android will soon get the finalized version of the software.
There are also other devices, such as the LG V20, which will come with the new software version out of the box. This is the first phone that is shipping with the Android 7.0 out of the box.
Nougat is also being moved to a steady maintenance schedule in the coming months. In fact, the first MR1 release of Nougat is already in progress. The maintenance release will result in more refinements to the software. It will first be offered as the developer preview and will make the release stronger and more stable.