Android 7.0 Nougat Is Here: 8 New Features You Need to Know About

Android 7.0 Nougat Is Here: 8 New Features You Need to Know About

The rollout of the final build of Android 7.0 Nougat has now officially started with select Nexus devices getting the latest version of Google’s smartphone operating system. The new update brings several additional features to Android, from tweaks to the interface that will change how you use your phone, to changes under the hood that will improve battery life and performance.

According to the official Android blog, there are over 250 major new features in Android 7.0 Nougat, and here are some of the highlights.

1. Multi-window
Multi-window support will allow you to run two apps side by side, and the windows are resizable too, by dragging the divider. We’ve seen this feature before from a number of phone makers, and your mileage may vary on how useful multi-windows are, but with phones now crossing the 6-inch mark, it makes sense to think of ways to use all that screen real estate.


2. Direct reply to notifications
Android’s notifications also get an overhaul, with a new template that makes the notifications stand out more, and offer custom views along with direct reply. This will allow you to answer a text or chat message directly from the notification pane.

3. Quick settings
Easy access to Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, and the flashlight with a single swipe. Not only are all the important shortcuts now all in the notification shade, but it’s something you can edit to change the order of the icons.

This is something that the different OEMs have had to implement in the past, with mixed results – as default Android behaviour, it’ll help ensure that users of all devices get the same kind of experience.


4. Multi-locale support
You can now select multiple locales in your settings, and this can be used by apps to tailor their content. This will be useful for multilingual users – for example, your search engine results could be tailored to show results in all the languages you selected.

5. Better battery life
Last year, Android got a new feature called Doze that preserves the battery while the phone is lying at rest and idle. This feature has been updated, and and now can kick in even when you’re on the move.


6. Faster, more secure
The new Direct Boot mode allows the phone to run in a secured mode when powered up but not unlocked. Apps do not run during direct boot mode, though they can be set up to run components, such as scheduled alerts (alarm clocks) or important notifications (messages), which are run in an encrypted mode. This means that your device can startup faster, while remaining secure even as the phone reboots.

Other security updates include file based encryption, and seamless updates, which will lead to faster software updates in the background.

7. Better performance
Android 7.0 Nougat comes with a new feature called Vulkan, a cross-platform API for 3D graphics. This makes better use of multi-core processors for gaming and other similar applications, so expect a performance boost over time. There are also optimisations to the way apps run in the background, which will also improve system performance by preventing needless access to the RAM.

8. Virtual reality
Android 7.0 Nougat also brings VR mode in Android through Daydream. Current phones are not expected to be compatible with Daydream so this will matter only to people buying new devices – but Daydream-ready phones, headsets and controllers, are all coming later this year.


These were the main updates that we’ve seen to Android 7.0 Nougat. Which features do you think are most interesting? Let us know via the comments.




Android Nougat: How to Download and Install Right Now

Android Nougat: How to Download and Install Right Now

Android Nougat is rolling out to Nexus devices via an OTA update. You’ll get this update soon if you have any of the following devices: Nexus 6P, Nexus 5X, Nexus 6, General Mobile 4G, Nexus Player, Nexus 9, or Pixel C.

The simplest way to get the update is to wait for it to show up on your phone, or check for the OTA update manually:

How to download Android 7.0 Nougat via OTA update
Over-the-air (OTA) updates are the easiest way to download Android 7.0 Nougat. Follow these steps to check if you’ve received the update.

  1. Open Settings > About > System updates.
  2. Tap Check for updates.

If the update shows up here, you can download and install Android Nougat on your Nexus device. If it hasn’t showed up, you should ideally wait until it does. If you don’t want to wait, read on.

How to download Android 7.0 Nougat via Android Beta Program
If the OTA update hasn’t appeared yet, you can try installing Android 7.0 Nougat via the beta program. The release build is available for some devices such as the Nexus 6P, Nexus 5X, Nexus 9 (Wi-Fi), and Pixel C via this method.

We strongly recommend that you back up your Android device before attempting an update. For devices that don’t have the release build, this method will install a preview version and you could lose data and apps could stop working properly.

  1. Visit on your desktop or mobile browser.
  2. Sign into your Google account associated with your eligible Nexus device.
  3. Scroll down and tap Enrol Device. Once you’re enrolled, go to Settings > About > System updates.
  4. Now you’ll see details about the update including a build name in the second line. This appears in brackets after Android N.
  5. The release build name is NRD90M for Nexus 6P, Nexus 5X, Pixel C, and Nexus 9 (Wi-Fi). If the build name on your device starts with NP, it’s a preview build, and we suggest you don’t install it.
  6. To remove your device from the beta program, go to, sign in and tap Unenrol Device. If you’ve updated to a release build of Android 7.0 Nougat, unenrolling your device will not remove the update.

How to manually download and install Android 7.0 Nougat
The beta program is the simplest way of getting the Android Nougat right now, but if you don’t want to do that for some reason, you can try another way. We don’t recommend installing Android 7.0 Nougat using this method and flashing is a process that could wipe your data if something goes wrong. Be sure to take a full backup of all your data and proceed at your own risk, if you must:

  1. Install the latest Android Debug Bridge (ADB) tool on your PC.
  2. This installs the ADB program, which can be accessed through the command terminal on your PC.
  3. Add the folder where you’ve installed ADB to the PATH by following these steps: Right click My Computer and click on Properties. Click on Advanced System Settings.
  4. Click on System Properties > Advanced > Environment Variables. In the window, select Path, then click on Edit, and then type in the name of the directory where you installed the SDK, and remember that each entry is separated by a semi-colon.
  5. Enable USB debugging on your device. First, go to Settings > About Phone > Software information. Tap Build number seven times.
  6. Go to Settings > Developer options. Tick USB debugging. Download the correct OTA binary for your device:
    Nexus 6P
    Nexus 5X
    Pixel C
    Nexus 9 (Wi-Fi)
    Nexus Player
    Links for other devices were not available at the time of writing; we will update the post as and when more links become available.
  7. Connect your device to your computer over USB, and make sure USB debugging is enabled as described above.
  8. Via the ADB tool, go to the command terminal and execute the following: adb reboot recovery. Your device is now in recovery mode, and users will see an Android logo with a red exclamation on their display.
  9. Hold the power button and press the volume up key once, and you will be shown a menu. Within the menu, select Apply update from ADB. Remember, volume keys help you navigate up and down, while the power button makes a selection.
  10. Run the following command on the ADB tool via your PC: adb sideload (ota Do replace the ‘ota’ in the command with the actual name of the OTA file you have downloaded.
  11. Once the update finishes installing, users should choose the option Reboot system now.

That will install Android 7.0 Nougat on your Nexus device. For more tutorials, visit our How To section.





Motorola Takes Potshot at Samsung for Stealing Its ‘Always On’ Display Feature

Motorola Takes Potshot at Samsung for Stealing Its 'Always On' Display Feature

Samsung is all set to bring the Galaxy Note 7 in India on September 2 for Rs. 59,900. The company highlighted many new features of the smartphone at its event, one of them being the ‘Always On’ display that was first seen on the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge. However, Motorola has now taken a rather direct jibe at Samsung, accusing it of stealing the feature. The company further claims that it was the first OEM to introduce the display feature.

Of course, Motorola named it differently and called it Active Display back then. The company released a cryptic tweet from its official account that reads, “In what galaxy is it okay to steal competitor phones’ cool features? #TheOriginalAlwaysOnDisplay #motozdroid.”

The first smartphone to sport this feature from Motorola was the Moto X that came out in 2013. However, it is worth noting that this similar feature was seen on old Nokia Symbian phones first. The Always On display feature was also seen Nokia N9 that was released in 2011.

Whatever the case may be, Motorola is keeping a close eye on what its competitors are up to. As mentioned, the Always On feature was first introduced by Samsung in the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge, but has been greatly improved on the Galaxy Note 7.

Pre-bookings for the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 in India will begin on August 22 and will go on till August 30. As part of the pre-booking offer, users can get the new Gear VR at a discounted price of Rs. 1,990. The company has also announced that interested users can avail of the Reliance Jio Preview Offer, which comes with access to the Jio Digital Life content service, alongside voice and data benefits for 90 days.



Huawei G9 Plus With 16-Megapixel Rear Camera, Snapdragon 625 SoC Launched

Huawei G9 Plus With 16-Megapixel Rear Camera, Snapdragon 625 SoC Launched

Huawei on Thursday launched the G9 Plus smartphone in China, priced at CNY 2,399 (roughly Rs. 24,200) for the 3GB RAM/ 32GB storage variant. A 4GB RAM/ 64GB storage variant was also announced, but no pricing or availability details were given yet. The smartphone is already on sale in China.

The Huawei G9 Plus appears to be identical to the Huawei Maimang 5 that was launched last month, and according to a report by GizmoChina from the Beijing launch, the phone is just a variant of the Maimang 5 meant for China Unicom customers. The Maimang 5 was meant for China Mobile customers.


With the price of the G9 Plus matching the Maimang 5, it’s fair to assume when the 4GB RAM/ 64GB storage variant launches it will be priced the same as the 4GB RAM/ 64GB storage variant of the Maimang 5, which is priced at CNY 2,599 (roughly Rs. 26,200).

The dual-SIM Huawei G9 Plus smartphone runs Android 6.0 Marshmallow with the company’s EUI 4.1 skin atop. It sports a 5.5-inch full-HD (1080×1920 pixels) IPS LCD display with pixel density of 401ppi. It is powered by a 2GHz octa-core Snapdragon 625 SoC coupled with 3GB of RAM.

It sports a 16-megapixel rear camera with PDAF, OIS, and dual-tone LED flash, apart from an 8-megapixel front facing camera. The G9 Plus comes with 32GB of storage that can be expanded via microSD card (up to 128GB). As we mentioned, a 4GB RAM and 64GB inbuilt storage variant was also announced, but no pricing or availability details are available as yet.

Connectivity options include Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth v4.1, 4G, and USB Type-C. Sensors on the phone include a proximity sensor, ambient light sensor, magnetometer, and an accelerometer. It weighs 160 grams, and measures 151.8×75.7×7.3mm. It is powered by a 3340mAh battery.



Indian Smartphone Market Grew 17.1 Percent in Q2 2016: IDC

Indian Smartphone Market Grew 17.1 Percent in Q2 2016: IDC

The Indian smartphone market registered a healthy 17.1 percent growth over the previous quarter this year and a marginal 3.7 percent growth over the second quarter of 2015, market research firm International Data Corporation(IDC) said on Friday.

According to the IDC’s “Quarterly Mobile Phone Tracker”, smartphone market revived after declining for two successive quarters by registering 27.5 million units of smartphones shipments in Q2 2016.

Both global and Indian vendor’s shipments declined year-on-year, while China-based vendors’ shipments grew at 75 percent.

Online share of smartphones dipped to 28 percent in from 35 percent in the previous quarter.

“Healthy growth in the offline channel, online-focused vendors expanding their footprint into retail channel followed by stringent norms to restrain excessive discounting on online platform are some of the reasons that could be attributed for online share decline this quarter”, said Karthik J, Senior Market Analyst, Client Devices, IDC, India in a statement.

Apple’s iPhone SE failed to make any significant impact in the premium segment while its previous generation iPhone 5S continued to contribute majority volume.
Samsung continued to lead the Indian smartphone market with 25.1 percent share, registering 10.9 percent sequential growth over previous quarter and 15 percent growth from the same period last year.

Micromax retained second position with 19.9 percent growth over the previous quarter.

Lenovo Group (including Motorola) with 10.3 percent growth over the last quarter regained the third position in smartphone market.

Intex slipped to fourth position as its shipments dropped 9.8 percent sequentially and 30.1 percent over last year.

Reliance Jio maintained its position as the fifth largest smartphone vendor with 12.3 percent sequential growth in Q2 2016, the report said.



Samsung Galaxy Note 7 Teardown Suggests It’s Very Difficult to Repair

Samsung Galaxy Note 7 Teardown Suggests It's Very Difficult to Repair

Samsung’s latest Galaxy Note 7 phablet has undergone its first proper teardown, and the smartphone scores poorly due to difficult repairability. Teardown experts at iFixit cracked open the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 to reveal its innards as well as to see how easy was it to repair the handset.

The Galaxy Note 7 scored 4 out of 10 which was slightly better than the flagship Samsung Galaxy S7 which received an even lower score of 3 out of 10. The teardown suggested that replacing the front glass was “probably impossible” without destroying the display because of its curved nature. iFixit also pointed that the tough adhesive and a glued-on rear panel made replacement very difficult.

“Front and back glass make for double the crackability, and strong adhesive on the rear glass makes it very difficult to gain entry into the device,” noted iFixit. The teardown experts claimed that the S Pen stylus stacked well against Microsoft’s Surface Pen and Apple’s Pencil.

The teardown found few similarities in the innards of the Galaxy Note 7 to the Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge including the Sony IMX260-based main camera sensor and a tiny heat pipe which serves the same purpose as the liquid cooling copper heat dispersal apparatus. iFixit claimed that the battery was “fortified by walls” which gave it extra structural integrity as well as possibly some water protection.
The teardown found that the Galaxy Note 7’s iris scanner was a two-part system, “a nearby infrared blaster invisibly lights up your eye, while the sensor captures an image that’s said to be more secure than a fingerprint.” iFixit added that the iris scanning sensor provided the infrared illumination to “make eyes pop.” The teardown also found that many “components were modular and could be replaced independently.”


Moto Z Play Leaked in Live Images Showing Glass Back Panel

Moto Z Play Leaked in Live Images Showing Glass Back Panel

Motorola’s alleged Moto Z Play has again made it to the Internet and this time it has surfaced in leaked live images. The images have been posted on Reddit as well as Instagram by different people and show the alleged Moto Z Play.

One of the biggest changes seen on the Moto Z Play compared to the metal clad Moto Z is that the former features a glass panel at the back. Looking by the images, the alleged Moto Z Play seems to be a Chinese variant and may possibly be a prototype handset. Notably, the overall design of the alleged Moto Z Play still seems inspired by the original Moto Z. In the images, the Moto Z Play is purportedly seen in Black and White colours. The front is seen featuring a home button and possibly embeds the fingerprint scanner in the home button.

Based on leaks, the handset is said to feature a full-HD display, Qualcomm Snapdragon 652 processor, 3GB of RAM, 64GB of inbuilt storage, 16-megapixel rear camera, and a 5-megapixel front camera. The alleged Moto Z Play is also said to support Moto Mods.

To recall, Lenovo launched the Moto Z and Moto Z Force smartphones at its Tech World 2016 in San Francisco. The Moto Z and Moto Z Force will be available globally from September, along with the Moto Mods, which are designed to work with future generations of Moto Z smartphones.

The Chinese company also unveiled the Lenovo Phab 2 Pro, the first Tango smartphone developed in collaboration with Google, at the same event.




Xiaomi Redmi 4 Specifications Tipped on Chinese Certification Site

Xiaomi Redmi 4 Specifications Tipped on Chinese Certification Site

The Xiaomi Redmi 4 is expected to launch next week, but before that happen leaks have been aplenty. The smartphone has now allegedly been spotted on Chinese certification site Tenaa, and the listing contains all the specifications of the Redmi 4.

While Tenaa doesn’t explicitly reveal that the listed smartphone is the Redmi 4, or even feature a product image, the specifications mentioned alongside coincide with past leaks. This leads us to presume that the listed smartphone number 2016060 could very well be the Redmi 4.

The listing reveals that the Xiaomi Redmi 4 runs on Android 6.0 marshmallow-based MIUI 8. It features a 5-inch full-HD (1920 x 1080 pixels) display, and is powered by a 2GHz Snapdragon 625 octa-core processor with Adreno 506 GPU. It comes in two memory/storage bundles – 2GB RAM/16GB storage and 3GB RAM/32GB storage. There is also an option to expand storage using a microSD card.

Optics include a 13-megapixel rear camera with LED flash, and a 5-megapixel selfie camera. It packs a 4000mAh battery, a fingerprint sensor and an infrared sensor. The dimensions are listed as 141.3×69.6×8.9mm, and the Redmi 4 is said to weigh 160 grams. Connectivity options include 4G VoLTE, WiFi 802.11ac (2.4 and 5GHz), Bluetooth 4.2, and GPS. It is expected to come in Gold and Silver colour variants.

Previous leaks suggest that the Redmi 4 will be priced starting at CNY 699 (roughly Rs. 7,000). Xiaomi is expected to host an event in China on August 25 to unveil the device and its details officially. On September 2, Xiaomi is also pegged to unveil the Mi Note 2 with a dual camera setup, dual-edge display, and 64GB and 128GB storage offerings. It is expected to be priced at CNY 2,499 (approximately Rs. 25,000) and CNY 2,799 (approximately Rs. 28,000) respectively.




Next 4.7-Inch iPhone Tipped to Sport Optical Image Stabilisation

Next 4.7-Inch iPhone Tipped to Sport Optical Image Stabilisation

The next iPhone has been in the spotlight for quite some time. The rumours have now especially gained momentum with the launch date so near, and the latest leak brings in some new unheard of information about the iPhone. Apparently, the optical image stabilisation feature that was exclusive to Apple’s Plus iPhone models is now coming to the next 4.7-inch iPhone as well.

A report by reveals the image of an alleged camera module of the upcoming iPhone. The image shows four areas around the lens where the OIS may be embedded. These areas are speculated to don the hardware that allows the camera module to travel in order to stabilise photos.

Apple is heavily rumoured to introduce the dual camera setup in its next Plus variant giving it a big upgrade. It’s only fair that the 4.7-inch variant gets a few iterations as well, and OIS seems to be a solid bet. Past leaks hint that the camera lens is also larger on the next iPhone compared to the current generation, indicating other unknown upgrades.

For now, we are expecting Apple to hold an event on September 7 to unveil its 2016 flagship. There has been some debate on what the upcoming iPhone will be called, and rumours have boiled it down to either iPhone 6SE or iPhone 7. September 16 is the speculated date for the release of the smartphone in the market, and carriers may make it available a little later on September 23. The big change in the upcoming iPhone is that there is expected to be no 3.5mm audio jack this time around.




Android 7.0 Nougat Release Date Leaked

Android 7.0 Nougat Release Date Leaked

Google this year has been slightly ahead of schedule when it comes to releasing the next version of its Android operating system, Android 7.0 Nougat, for mobile devices. The company released the first developer preview a full two months ahead of I/O conference giving developers a chance to play with it. Google also confirmed the official name of next Android version, Nougat, in June.

Now, if a mobile carrier and a major Android OEM are to be believed, the all-new Android Nougat will be available to Nexus users starting Monday. According to Canadian mobile operator Telus, the final Android 7.0 Nougat build will start rolling out to the Huawei Nexus 6P and LG Nexus 5X beginning Monday. LG, on the other hand, in an official document has confirmed that Android 7.0 Nougat will be rolled out to Korean G5 units from Monday. With both companies mentioning the same day for availability of the final Android N release, it does appear as if Google may officially start seeding the final build in the time-frame.

If this comes out to be true, we may also see the launch of the platform lead devices for Android Nougat to be announced on Monday itself. However, it is worth noting that Google is yet to announce a date for release.
We can expect the final build of Android 7.0 Nougat to be available for the Nexus 6, Nexus 5X, Nexus 6P, Nexus 9, Pixel C devices, as well as General Mobile 4G Android One devices. The final Android Nougat public release will bring improvements like multi-window support, enhanced notifications, revamped doze, number blocking, and more.