Motorola’s Moto Z smartphones in India have now started receiving Android Nougat aka Android 7 update. Earlier, the Nougat update was announced for Moto Z in US.
Lenovo had first unveiled its Moto Z in June at Tech World conference in San Francisco. The modular phone was then launched in October 2016. Moto Z features standard 3.5 mm audio jack, runs on Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow, and support dual-SIM and 4G LTE connectivity.
In October, Motorola had said that its 15 Moto phones will soon start getting the Android Nougat update. The phones that first got the update were Moto G4 and Moto G4 Plus. Now Moto Z has started getting the update and it now become the first non-Google phone to support Daydream.
“With the upgrade to Android 7.0 Nougat, Moto Z and Moto Z Force will be compatible with Daydream, Google’s platform for high-quality, mobile VR. These are the first smartphones from another manufacturer to be recognized by Google as Daydream-ready devices – a distinction given to phones that have been certified for the Daydream platform and are built for VR with high-resolution displays, ultra-smooth graphics and high-fidelity sensors for precise head tracking,” Motorola said in a blog post.
Android 7.0–7.1.1 “Nougat” is the latest version of the Android OS. Nougat was first released in March 2016 as a beta build. The developer preview builds were compatible with only selected Google Nexus devices including the 5X, 6P, 6, 9, Pixel C, and Nexus Player. Google released the Android N Beta Preview 2 in April, 2016. One month later in May 2016, Google unveiled Daydream – its new virtual reality platform – as well as the Beta Preview 3. In June, Google released Beta Preview 4 and also revealed that the official name of Android N’s release would be “Nougat”.
Android 7.0 or Nougat was officially released in August 2016. The first smartphones to receive the update were Nexus devices, including Nexus 6, Nexus 5X, Nexus 6P, Nexus 9, Nexus Player, Pixel C and General Mobile 4G. LG V20 was the first new smartphone running on Nougat.
The main features of Nougat update include multi-window support (to allow two apps to run simultaneously) and double tap to switch between each. The work mode feature would allow improved batter life by turning off the phone’s work apps when not in use.
Nougat also offers support for inline replies to notifications, as well as an OpenJDK-based Java environment. The new OS also provides support for “seamless” system updates on supported devices, and the Vulkan graphics rendering API.
Nougat is the first Android version with Unicode 9.0 support. Android 7.1 also comes with native API support for implementing multi endpoint telephony; image keyboards; shortcut menus and rounded icon assets for apps on launchers; and support for the Google Daydream virtual reality platform.