Android 7.0 Nougat Update for Android One Smartphones, Out Now

A few weeks ago, Google started seeding the much-awaited Android 7.0 Nougat upgrade to Nexus handsets -- but not Android One models that were supposed to also get on-time firmware updates straight from company.

I own a Cherry Mobile G1 and for a while I thought Google has already forgotten about us.

Thankfully, over the weekend, I was proven wrong as my handset finally received that relieving notification.

Android 7.0 Nougat Android One
There you have it: Android 7.0 Nougat for Android One smartphones is already available.

So if you also own an Android One unit and you haven't receive the Nougat heads up, you can check for software upgrades manually by going to your handset's Settings, scrolling all the way down and clicking on 'About Phone', then tapping 'System Updates'.

Android 7.0 Nougat Android One
I received this on Sunday, September 11, 2016

Android 7.0 Nougat brings a slew of enhances to the world's most popular mobile operating system, including but not limited to:

1. Project Svelte - Allows the OS to efficiently allocate memory compared to earlier versions of the operating system, resulting in smoother overall performance and allows the platform to run on a broader range of devices, even entry-level ones.

2. Screen-Off Doze - Extends the uptime or battery life of a mobile device by preventing it from consuming power when it is in the user's pocket or while its screen is off.

3. Multi-Window - Lets the user to run two applications at the same time or side-by-side on the display.

4. Large Recent App Tiles - See more of each running app when you click the Recent App button

5. Redesigned Quick Settings Bar - Swipe from the top bar down to see a single row of buttons for turning on WiFi, Mobile Data, 'Do Not Disturb' Mode, and Flashlight.

6. Always-On VPN - Use the internet anonymously at all times.

7. Data Saver - Blocks background data usage and lets you save precious mobile data.

8. User Emergency Information - A page accessible from the lock-screen containing the user's Name, Address, Date of Birth, Blood Type, Allergies, Medications, Medical Condition, and Contacts, which can come in handy in accidental or medical emergencies, God forbid.

9. Night Mode - Tweak the colors on his or her Android handset's interface when the sun sets to make the display more pleasing to the eyes.

10. Revamped Settings Page - Click on the Suggestions bar on top and quickly find the settings you want to tweak by tapping on subtitles for each section and the hamburger button on sub-headers.

Let me know what you think about Android 7.0 Nougat via the comments section below. Do you like it? How can Google further improve it moving forward?

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