While everyone is pretty much looking forward to the release of Samsung’s Galaxy Note 7, which is rumored to come with Android 7.0 out of the box, Google is silently prepping the release of the Nougat iteration of its mobile operating system.
The latest development in the news about the next major Android update is from renowned tech leaker Evan Blass, who took to Twitter this Saturday to reveal details about Android 7.0 Nougat’s release.
According to Blass’ recent tweet about the Android OS update, it will definitely be released in August, with Nougat’s security patch all set for release on Aug. 5.
Unfortunately, Blass broke a very sad news for Nexus 5 owners when he wrote that Nougat will be skipping the Nexus device on its release.
Android 7.0 releases next month, with the 8/5 security patch. Sorry Nexus 5 owners, no Nougat for you _
— Evan Blass (@evleaks) July 30, 2016
While this is disappointing for Nexus 5 owners, GSM Arena stated that that this was inevitable, knowing that the device is already three years old.
With the exclusion of Nexus 5, the only Nexus devices that will get the Nougat update upon launch are the Nexus 5X, Nexus 6, Nexus 6P, Nexus 9, Nexus Player and the Pixel C tablet.
It is undeniable that the release of the Android update is getting nearer and nearer, since the final Preview build of Nougat is already out.
As early as now, everyone is excited for Nougat’s arrival, because it will bring along interesting features that will make Android devices function seamlessly.
Some of the new features Nougat is bringing to the table include a refurbished notification system, multi-window mode, battery-saving functionality and performance-improving upgrades, according to Gotta Be Mobile.
However, the greatest feature Android 7.0 can take pride of is its protection against ransomware or malicious software that locks down files or the entire device unless a specified ransom is paid.
Early this month, Symantec confirmed the existence of such a feature that is embedded in the OS update’s code, reported Android Police. It is reportedly part of the resetPassword API, and it is designed to shut down ransomware from working.