More devices will now be able to start using this useful Android Nougat feature
The latest Android Nougat update is set to be the Google's most hands-on yet.
The company's newest upgrade brings a number of improvements and enhancements to Android smartphones as the company looks to assert its status as the world’s top mobile company.
Some users have already been able to download the update – but with only certain devices currently able to enjoy the new benefits, is your device able to upgrade?
Google released the public beta of Android 7.1.2 Nougat a few days ago, showing off the latest build of its software.
As usual, the upgrade was only made available to users with one of Google’s own devices, including the Pixel and Pixel XL smartphones, as well as the older Nexus 5X and Nexus 6P handsets and the Pixel C laptop.
The update was good news for users of the latter devices, giving them access to one of standout exclusive features of the newer Pixel smartphones, which were released last October.
The devices were released with Android 7.1 Nougat installed, which offered a range of new improvements and advances, including an expansion on how to interact with the device’s fingerprint scanner.
This new “swipe for notifications” feature allowed users to swipe across the sensor to bring up their app alerts, rather than having to do so on the device’s screen.
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If you do have the Android 7.1.2 Nougat beta installed on your Nexus device, you can turn this new swipe feature on by heading to Settings > Moves.
The update also includes redesigned app shortcuts and better image keyboard support among other things.
However if you are updating to the beta, you may want to ensure you’re connected to a Wi-Fi network, as the 1.25GB download could prove expensive if your mobile data usage is capped.
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Nougat boasts a number of new features, including the ability to run two apps side-by-side, better battery life and improved encryption for personal data
There’s no news yet on when non-Google devices will be able to download the update, with many device makers still rolling out the initial version of Android 7.0 Nougat.
Samsung only just started releasing the update to users with its Galaxy S7 and S7 edge devices last month, due to the company having to test the software in order to stop any bugs.
The same delays have hit other phone manufacturers with HTC and Sony both halting the upgrade to Android Nougat as they look to pack in their own unique apps, skins and services.
Hopefully more Android devices will get Nougat in the coming months but by the time many get the upgrade it may already be outdated.
Google is reportedly gearing up for the release of Android O later this year
Google recently announced the date for its yearly I/O developers conference which will take place at the Shoreline Amphitheatre in Mountain View, California in May.
Last year Google announced Android Nougat during the event and this year should see the unveiling of Android 'O'.
This means, as many Android users are just upgrading, their operating system will instantly be out of date.
To check if your Android phone is ready to be updated, head to Settings > About Device > Download Updates Manually.