Reminder: Nexus 5, Nexus 7 (2013) Won’t Receive Nougat Update

For those holding onto a Nexus 5 or Nexus 7 (2013), asking if now would be a good time to upgrade, that’s affirmative. With the launch of Android 7.0, it is now official that the Nexus 7 (2013), as well as the Nexus 5, will not receive the latest update to the Android OS.

Should this move shock or dismay anyone? Absolutely not. Google listed the death date for the Nexus 5 as October, 2015 earlier this year. However, even with that date long gone, the Nexus 5 and Nexus 7 are still receiving monthly security updates. According to Google, those updates will last three years from time of release.  (more…)

With Android Nougat Google Introduces Scheduled Maintenance Releases, First Arrives This Fall as a Preview

Buried inside today’s announcement that Android 7.0 Nougat (feature list) was rolling out to Nexus devices, Google also subtly announced that they are introducing a new maintenance release program “over the coming quarters.” This new maintenance schedule will bring “continued refinements and polish” to the platform throughout a year and will be available as a developer preview first, so that those who live on the edge of Android software will be able to test it.  (more…)

Here’s Everything That’s New in Android 7.0 “Nougat”

It’s official, Android 7.0 “Nougat” arrives today. With the announcement, we already have a fantastic sense of what the latest major update to Android offers, thanks to Developer Previews, but now we have the official changelog straight from Google.

Inside this list of new features, highlights include Split-Screen support, native Vulkan API support, VR mode, enhanced Doze, Picture-in-Picture mode (Android TV), as well as a fully redesigned Quick Settings bar. For anyone who ran the developer preview, or has at least been listening to those who have been running the previews, nothing shines as crazy new or unexpected.

Below, we have made available the entire list of changes and new features. Prepare yourself, it’s a pretty big list.  (more…)

Official Android 7.0 Nougat Site Goes Live! (Updated)

The Android 7.0 Nougat site just went live! That’s a thing that we care about, because well, we also think that Google may push out stable Nougat today to Nexus phones.

Also note, at the bottom, that Google confirms that the LG V20 will be the first to run Android Nougat out of the box. In other words, the new HTC Nexus phones aren’t going to be here until after that phone arrives.  (more…)

Friday App Sales: Grim Legends 2, SHADOWGUN THD, Punch Club, and More

This week, there’s an entirely new list of apps and games on sale through Google Play, ready for your perusing. Naturally, there are plenty of mobile games, as well as a few productivity apps.

As for the games, you can grab Grim Legends 2 for $3, a couple of the SHADOWGUN titles for $1 each, Punch Club for $1, Day R for $2.49, and Galaxy Trucker at $3. If that’s not enough for you, check out Floatify Pro for $1, quickReply Pro for $1, or TextGrabber + Translator for $1. There’s a lot of good stuff this week.

Check out the full list below.  (more…)