While the iOS users are getting into the groove of iOS 10, Android has rolled out its developer preview 5 Android Nougat, which is likely to be released officially in the third quarter of 2016.
This latest version of Android 7.0 has many new exciting features like multi-tasking keyboard themes, navigation bar and others. Earlier it was quite difficult to download and install the developer preview on Android devices; but now, it is pretty easy.
Before you download and install Android 7.0 Nougat Beta, ponder over some points given below:
- This beta version is release for developers to test their apps.
- Developers are advised to download this version on their secondary device as the version may have some bugs.
- At present, Android 7.0 Nougat is compatible with a select few devices like Google Pixel C tablet and Nexus devices like Nexus 5X, Nexus 6P, Nexus 6, Nexus Player or Nexus 9.
- Xperia Z3 is compatible with Android 7.0 Nougat, reported by Sony.
- You can easily get this developer preview on your compatible device with the help of Android Beta Program.
- With Android N, Google has made it a lot easier than ever to get the developer preview on your compatible device via the Android Beta Program.
How to Download and Install Android 7.0 Nougat
First off, take backup of your Phone before you download Android 7.0 Nougat on your smartphone. Launch Settings app on your Android phone and tap on Backup & Reset. Don’t forget to check ‘Backup my data’ and ‘Automatic restore’.
Step #1: Download Android Nougat after your Android phone is backed up successfully. Now open the Android Nougat Developer Preview web page.
On this page, you will get overview of various stages of the preview. You also get Android N features and functionality.
Step #2: Now open Android Beta Program website and sign in with your Google account.
Step #3: Here you will get a list of compatible devices. Register your device in the beta program and then click the Enroll Device button.
Step #4: Once your Android device is registered, you will get over-the-air updates to Android 7.0 Nougat.
A less recommended option is to install Android Nougat update manually by downloading and installing the Android 7.0 system image.
You should follow Google’s instructions on how to flash your Nexus device.
How to Downgrade from Android 7.0 Nougat
If this developer preview doesn’t excite you, you can downgrade from Android Nougat, albeit you need to take backup of your device as this process may delete all current data.
Step #1: Launch Android Beta Program website.
Step #2: Then click on ‘Unenroll device’ option.
Step #3: You will get an update on your Android phone; download and install the update to remove Android Nougat and reinstall the latest public version of Android.