The OTA distribution of the update to Android 7.0 Nougat for the Nexus smartphone started at the end of last August, but there is another lineup of smartphones that Google is committed to promptly update, and these are the Android One phones.
The company to date has never communicated any information about when or if the Android One smartphones would receive Nougat, but without any anticipation, therefore with great surprise, the distribution of Android 7.0 Nougat for Android One phones began on models compatible as Cherry Mobile G1. Just as happened in October last year with Android 6.0 Marshmallow, the Android One devices are the second line of smartphones to receive the latest Android software update after Google released the factory images software for the Nexus devices line.
What brings Android 7.0 Nougat on Android One phones? The new version of the Android platform brings support for multiple languages, 72 new emoji, multi-window feature, a way to quickly switch previous app by pressing twice the multitasking button, graphics API Vulkan, a dedicated VR mode called Daydream, Doze on the Go for better battery life when on the move, new quick custom settings, direct responses from notifications, file-based encryption, and more.
The weight of Android 7.0 Nougat installation package for Android One is 748 MB, about twice the weight of the update that introduced Marshmallow a year earlier. But, of course, there is an important reason why the smartphones falling under Android One lineup have already received Android 7.0 Nougat.
The Android One phones are running the Android ‘pure’ version of the platform, an unmodified version of Android software, and therefore Google is quick to release updates once a source code of the system is ready. Having a phone with the stock version of Android is a plus for any Google software update releases, because it’s no wait for the intermediate step of modifying the software from the manufacturer.