Google has started rolling out the latest version of Android, Android 7.0, also known as Nougat, to a small selection of Nexus devices. The update is starting out pretty slowly, but there’s a sure-fire way of getting ahead of the queue.
The new update, which adds a number of improvements, including better multi-tasking and notification control, is slowly rolling out to Nexus users over the coming weeks. But if like me, you’re impatient, there’s a way to get it right now.
To do this, you have to make sure you have one of the very few compatible devices right now, that’s either a Nexus 5X, Nexus 6P, Nexus 6, Nexus 9, Nexus Player, Pixel C tablet, or General Mobile 4G. Got one of those? Good. In order to kick start the update, you’ll need to sign up for the Android Beta Program using the same Google account you’ll be using on your device. From here you select the handset or tablet you want to enroll, accept the terms, and join the beta.
This of course enables you to receive beta software, which may contain bugs, but right now it seems to be offering a stable release of Android Nougat. Google say that this can take upto 24 hours to take effect, but there are reports of the update coming within minutes.
In addition to better notification management and multi-tasking, you’ll also have access to split-screen, a system-wide reply system, and much more.
As for when Nougat will be rolling out to other handsets, it’s difficult to say. Usually it’s within months of the initial Nexus release, though some manufacturers have improved their update process. We’ll keep you posted with any news on that front.