Google has officially made Android 7.0 Nougat available to download for Nexus 6P, Nexus 5X, Nexus 6, and other devices in the Nexus range. The company has also released the final version of the updated platform to OEMs for installation on new and upcoming devices.
Today’s final release of Android 7.0 Nougat represents the culmination of months of hard work by Google and its Android engineers, as well as the enthusiastic and passionate testing and development community that has helped to get the platform to where it is today.
Google initially announced the first Android Nougat preview earlier this year in March, taking the opportunity at that time to release the initial developer preview of Nougat as ‘N’ to Nexus 6P, 5X, 6, Nexus 9, Nexus Player and Pixel C devices for download and consumption. Interestingly enough, that announcement and release caused some surprise by actually coming before the company’s annual I/O conference. However in classical Google fashion, the name Nougat was announced almost four months after the first preview release.
Android 7.0 Nougat itself, like most major platform releases, is packed with changes and improvements that will directly benefit anyone running an Android smartphone or tablet with the latest version installed. With that said, there are of course a number of “Hollywood” feature improvements that Google is directly marketing as being the main serving of this latest update.
As an example, Android Nougat features substantially improved notifications as well as split-screen multitasking experience that should keep users better informed. Perhaps more importantly to device owners, Android 7.0 also brings improvements from a memory and battery performance perspective. Apart from this, there is also built-in VR support dubbed Daydream VR, new diverse set of emojis, among other things.
So, after months of pushing out developer previews and introducing new features to device owners and testers, Google appears to have put itself into a position where it feels confident enough to issue the final build of Android to OEMs, as well as pushing it out to compatible Nexus devices, meaning that the download links for Android 7.0 Nougat are now live and accessible.
If Android is your thing, and you are interesting in getting your hands on Android 7.0 Nougat, then it’s now officially available to download and interact with as a final version. You can go the OTA update route, which is slowly rolling out starting today, or if you are not big on waiting, grab the factory images for flashing on a compatible device from the download links given below:
Note: Download links for remaining devices will be added as soon as Google makes them available to public.
Update x1: Our step by step how-to install/flash guide for Android Nougat is up: Install / Flash Android 7.0 Nougat Final Version On Your Device Right Now, Here’s How.