Hey everybody! I’m testing Android Nougat for the first time because Android 7 AKA Nougat is finally here. The 7.0 official build I’ll test along with my Nexus 6p, other various Nexus devices will get the OTA update. Let’s go ahead and check out Android 7 Nougat.

Android Nougat first impression

To start, the first thing I want to do is go ahead and jump into settings. Scroll down, go to “About phone” you’ll see Android version 7. Quickly tap on that to get to the Easter Egg and this time the Easter egg’s a little bit different. It’s not an unnecessary flappy Android game. You’ll see that you press and hold on the end and a little cat will appear right there and then. You can actually customize your toggles. Hit edit you’ll see a toggle here that says Android Easter Egg you can press and hold and drop that up there and then. What kind of happens is an empty dish will appear you can select it and pick a specific food. If you put a treat there and leave it for a little while eventually it’ll say “Oh you found a cat” and then you try and find all the different cats. So that’s what Android decided was the Easter Egg this time.

You’ll notice the launcher looks very similar and I believe that’s going to come as another update from the Play Store. And it might be coming with the new Nexus devices, so you might have to wait for that to come out for the launcher to be updated. You’ll notice things have been updated visually. The pull down bar was completely updated, you have some toggles up there that you can actually just tap on to toggle them while they’re smaller. You can go ahead and expand them by pulling down again, and you have a bunch of various ones that you can add: data save or invert colors for instance. You can edit and move them around as well, which is a great feature. Of course if you want to have specific toggles before or in that smaller settings, you can.

Android Nougat notifications

If you want airplane mode up there you can just rearrange it. You’ll notice the notifications have received a revamp as well. One of the great things about these new notifications is that you can expand them by pulling down, and of course you can swipe away individual notifications. If you expand the full notification you have a quick reply option, so you can type and send a message back. That’s on a per app basis, so Twitter could do with direct messages. Developers need to implement that into their apps. There’s a little arrow as well that you can tap expand it and contract these notifications. Gmail notifications when expanded it’s going to show almost all individual emails. You can go ahead and choose which specific ones you would like to see and interact with, whether you want to delete or reply to them. Like I mentioned earlier it is completely a different look to them overall. It compiles all the notifications in one spot. Another way to interact with these notifications is to press and hold on them.

You can set notification styles. You can block all notifications, or silence them. That’s a quick way to can get rid of those. You can also swipe and you’ll see a little Settings button pop up on both sides. You can go tap that to bring you to the exact same menu. Another update is multi window support. Android finally has a multi window option, and there’re various ways to get it. One of them being in your recent apps.

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Android Nougat split screen

Press and hold on one of your apps and you’ll see it dragged to use in split screen. Pop it there and it may say that a given app may not work with split screen. That might be true with a lot of various apps, but many work just fine. You can select a specific app to see its options, including resizing the different windows. You have a bar that you can pull up and pull down. If you press and hold on the recent apps button that’s going to take you out of that multi-window. Now if you press and hold it again it’s another way to get the multi window display, so pressing and holding that button works just fine. If you press and hold it, it takes you out of it. Another app, another function which I really like. Like an alt tab function in your keyboard you press it once, then press it again and it’s going to switch you into the previous app, so you can quickly swap between two of your recent apps. In the recent app tray you have a “Clear all” button up all the way up at the top. It will will start to clear out the apps you don’t use, which is nice. It’s not going to be super cluttered, and with that clear all button it wipes them all away.

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Android Nougat Youtube

I want to go over how you can actually use as the split screen. Some apps may not work in split screen but YouTube works just fine. If you want to send a message a text message, for example, you’ll see YouTube videos working fine. Now you can watch YouTube and also interact with other apps at the same time. This update also includes Unicode 9 for emoji so there’s a lot of new emoji along with updated ones. Updated looks include color options available when you press and hold on emojis.

Let hop into Settings because that got revamped as well. So first of all when other various settings are on, such as airplane mode or “do not disturb, it brings up a colored option in a drop-down and it lets you know what it’s doing. You can also turn it off if you’d like, too. You also have suggestions, which you can minimize and maximize. You can use your voice, change wallpaper – it’s going to add certain suggestions and you can remove them as well. If you do not want to see any of the suggestions you can just remove them all. Now you can also actually swipe and see quick shortcuts to all of the various settings. I don’t know if I really like this. It’s really strange how they do this, but if I want to jump in a display you’ll see that dropdowns from the upper left hand corner. Let’s go back to display. You can quickly swipe between other sections without having to press the back button to find the new settings.

Android Nougat display size

Speaking of display let’s go ahead and you can actually choose various sizes. Display size can be changed, which is new. There is the default, larger, and largest setting. So you can change that depending on how you like it. It’s an awesome customization option, font size customisation I think has always been there, but you can change the size of that as well now as well. Also I want to make note: there’s a daydream VR in Android 7. You’ll see when device is in VR mode. You get an option to use low motion blur settings or do nothing, possibly.

I also want to talk about one of the new smart lock functions, available under security settings. You’ll see that Trusted Face is there. They have actually updated trusted face, so you can actually set it up for best results hold at eye level etc. It uses the front camera to look at your face, and you can actually get facial recognition system to unlock your device. That’s another great update that they have included in Android 7 to make trusted face a little bit better. Another update is concerned with battery life.

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Android Nougat battery life

Battery life should be better in Android 7.0 as you can see it actually included doze in Marshmallow. Now there’s doze on-the-go on Nougat, so phone is probably saving battery life better. If you dump your Nexus or any device on Android 7 in your pocket it’s going to utilize that doze even though you’re moving your phone around. It will recognize if you’re not using it and will go into that doze mode and actually save battery life. So expect it to be a little bit better on Nougat than Marshmallow. Overall Nougat feels very snappy and quick.