A while back we got word that the new Nexus devices by HTC would include an all new Navbar that would integrate Google Assistant. The official update that Google just released to Nexus devices for Nougat did not include this update to the navbar, however it appears that their is a highly customizable navbar hidden deep within the Nougat code.
Apparently when Google decides to enable this feature you will be able to remove navbar buttons. You will also be able to add new buttons to the navbar. New buttons include a clipboard button, a keyboard function short cut button, a spacer button, a menu button, and a keyboard switcher. You will also be able to rearrange the buttons on the navbar. This may not be enabled until Android O since it seems to still be quite buggy. What are your thoughts? Would you like to see a customizable nav bar? You can try this out at the link below.
Now that the official source code for Nougat has been released by Google it won't be long until we start to see builds of Nougat for all devices. Cyanogen has already started to merge source code from Android 7.0 under the CyanogenMod 14 umbrella for the Nexus 5X. It won't be long before we start seeing work on other devices as well from the CM team. CM devs are volunteer developers so don't go asking for ETAs. Now that the source code is dropped we will start to see the release of Nougat roms from other developers as well. The first devices to receive roms will likely be the devices that Google has already provided updates for. These are exciting times in the Android community for sure!
If you weren't on the beta version of Android Nougat on your Nexus device then you may not have received the official update to Nougat since beta devices were the first to receive the update. In this case you would need to flash the update manually via fastboot. If you flash Nougat with Google's official system images you won't be able to flash TWRP and root since they force encrypt.
Wugfresh the guy behind the Nexus Root Toolkit has put together no force encrypt images for all the Nexus devices. Once these are installed you should be able to easily root your device with a custom recovery. Grab the system image for your device at the link below.
Android Auto brings all of your favorite apps and mobile experiences to your car's head unit. If you wanted to customize this experience you can. All it takes is installing a custom Rom. One of the most popular rom series for HTC devices is now on its way to Android Auto. This is pretty exciting because the Viper Rom series from Team Venom is also one of the most customizable Roms ever. This more than likely means you can expect lots of customization options for your Android Auto! For now there is no ETA. We don't even know how far along in development the developers are. All we have is the image above showing that they were able to get it to boot. Follow the twitter handle below for progress reports!
LG will hold a press event on September 6th to reveal their new flagship device. This of course will be the LG V20, the next generation in LG's premium series of devices. We are starting to see some heavy leaks of this device. Evan Blass also known as Evleaks has released a pretty clear image of the LG V20 wrapped in a clear case. You can clearly see the secondary display which was one of the main features of the V10.
One thing you will notice is that there is an app drawer. That feature was missing at the launch of the LG G5 which ended up being more of a headache. We know that this will be the first Nougat device. This phone will also include a premium DAC and some headphones from B&O. This should be a superior sound experience. Of course we will find out everything in the coming weeks. This looks like a phone that might actually compete with the Note 7.
The latest Swiftkey beta just dropped. It finally fixes the suggestions bug from last month. It also adds plenty of features. The update brings the whole Android Nougat 7.0 emoji lineup to the keyboard. This includes the skin tone modifiers. Just tap and hold the emoji to change the skin tone. Not many phones will have Nougat for a while. This allows you to use the latest and greatest Emojis without having to upgrade to Nougat! Head to the link below to grab the Swiftkey Beta app.
We found out yesterday that the Nexus 5 will not receive an official update to Android Nougat. The good news is that this is a Nexus device we are talking about. As could be expected developer support is still pretty huge on this device. In a matter of hours developer "Santhosh M" had an unofficial port running on the Nexus 5.
The only downside to running an unofficial build of Nougat is their will inevitably be a few bugs. For now both bluetooth and the camera are not working. If either of these are important to you then you probably should hold off on running this as a daily driver. If you don't mind a few things not working head to the link below for more info on the progress of this Rom.
Nougat is finally here.. for Nexus devices anyhow. Samsung has already said that the Note 7 will receive its update to Nougat. We will also see Nougat on the LG V20 once it releases in September. Of course both the new Nexus phones will have the latest and greatest software when they drop. The rest of us may have to wait a while to see the update, and still some of us may never see the update.
While you may not have Nougat now you can get the look and feel of Nougat on your homescreen. The new update came with plenty of new wallpapers grab these for your device below.
Doze is a feature that arrived with Android Marshmallow that improves Battery life by placing your phone in a deep sleep mode when it realizes your phone is sitting still and is not in use. The feature limits network access for apps. Doze will allow for SMS and phone calls to get through. You can actually enable other apps to get through the doze wall. This is great if you don't want to miss notifications from certain apps.
-Open settings and go to Battery/Power
-Choose Battery Optimization from options menu in the top right corner
-tap filter and select apps
-tap on the app you want to change settings for
-tap "Don't Optimize" then tap "Done"
If you have a Nexus 5 or Nexus 7 from three years ago then you my friend know how to take care of a phone or tablet. One good reason to keep a Nexus device this long is the fact that Google does such a good job of keeping their devices updated with the latest and greatest versions of Android. Google had already listed the End Of Life Date for the Nexus 5 as October 2015 so the fact that it has been updated past that date is pretty awesome. Neither the Nexus 5 nor the Nexus 7 (2013) will receive the update to Nougat. That being said both devices are still receiving security patch updates. According to Google the security patch updates will last 3 years from the time of release so enjoy those updates while you can!