Android Nougat 7.0 vs Android 6.0 Marshmallow.
Now that Google’s Android 7.1 Nougat update has arrived, current or future owners need to know what’s new. Users can learn everything in our Android 7 vs Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow walkthrough below. This is a detailed comparison of Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow vs Android 7.1.1 on a Nexus 6P and the older Nexus 6. |
Here we will detail some of the new features and changes Google has made in Android 7.0 and now Android 7.1.1 Nougat. Aside from some of the Pixel-exclusive features. There are over 50 changes, but only a few are visual. Many of the improvements are behind the scenes but will make a big difference once your phone gets an update.
Android 7.0 Nougat first debuted back on March 9th. Earlier than prior years in an effort to get it into users hands as fast as possible. As a result the company received more feedback, made additional changes, and were better prepared for future updates.
After months of fine-tuning the developer preview was released as a stable software update for all Nexus devices. Manufacturers are still busy developing the latest software. However, the LG G5 is getting Android 7.0 right now. Moto Z & G users have the latest release, and more are coming. Samsung’s beta is coming to a close and January will be filled with Android 7.1 Nougat updates. Including for the Nexus 6.
Android 6.0 vs Android 5.1 Lollipop: What’s New in Marshmallow
As promised, Google offered multiple “maintenance releases” or previews of Android 7.1.1 before officially releasing it. Now, it’s a fully featured and stable release that will eventually arrive for all compatible Android devices.
Now that many Nexus and Pixel phones are on Android 7.1.1, others are up next. Expect carriers and manufacturers to continue working hard on updates into the new year. Then, we’ll start getting Android 7.0 or Android 7.1.1 on all other phones.
What’s New in Android 7.0 and 7.1 Nougat
Currently the Android 7.1 Nougat release is only available for the Nexus 5X, Nexus 6, Nexus 6P, Nexus 9, Nexus Player and the Pixel C tablet. As well as the Pixel phones. Three missing from that list are: the Nexus 5, Nexus 7 (2013) and the Nexus 10. We’ve recently learned the Nexus 5 won’t officially get the update to Android 7.0 at all. At least not from Google.
Additionally, Android 7.1 is available on the Google Pixel, Nexus 5x, Nexus 6P and Pixel C. Some of the most noteworthy new features are split-screen multitasking and multi-window mode. This works great and supports all apps, not just select few like we see on Samsung or LG devices. Another huge addition to N is Android Instant Apps. This will enable Android to install small bits of an app (say, from a search result or web link) and allow one-time instant app usage. No installing an app and starting over. Android just adds what it needs for that moment, uses the app, and you’re done. It discards it once finished.
Other changes include improved battery life again with a more efficient “Doze” on-the-go mode, seamless updates that happen behind the scenes (if enabled), a completely revamped notifications and settings menu that’s smarter, more detailed and enhanced. We also like the new round icons, space saver, and app icon shortcuts.
You can click on any of the images below to instantly jump to that image in the slideshow and see how that part of the OS compares to previous versions. It’s worth noting the older Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow will always be on the left if needed. Android 7.0 Nougat or 7.1.1 is on the right or by itself. We’ll update with more details as they become available.
With Android N Google has finally delivered multi-window support. Essentially allowing two apps to run on the screen simultaneously. This works on both tablets and smartphones, and appears to work across all apps. We saw this in Android M previews, but it never made it to the final version. However, in Android N this is a highlight feature that's getting a lot of attention.