LG G5 Review: Android 7.0 Nougat
Google’s biggest refresh for its Android operating system has finally arrived. The beta was launched to Nexus devices and Google Pixel and Google Pixel XL. The update is already available, but it greatly depends on your mobile phone. The roll out is slow since the release is dependent on the smartphone as well as the tablet maker. LG launched their first Android 7.0 Nougat phone last September with LG V2, and the LG G5 owners wait finally come to an end. LG’s flagship phone already has the update available, and markets will soon have the ability to download in the coming days.
As of this time, there are only a few smartphones which already run on Nougat and can upgrade to Nougat. Most of the other cell phone manufacturers will be releasing Android 7 phones after the New Year.
The modular LG G5 will soon have its Android 7.0 Nougat update and here are the things to look out for:
- Multi-window view
The Android 7.0 Nougat is all that you’ll ever need when you are talking about multitasking. This awesome feature should be expected in your LG smartphones where the users will have the ability to use multiple apps. Users will be able to view multiple windows where the screen can split 50/50, and even move the screens to the top or the bottom, from one side to the other.
This is particularly useful when working with an app, and you need to access the UI, the AI or the main menu. Much like a desktop PC where you can see the apps you use when you are copy-and-pasting, you would have a side-by-side view of the parent process and the child app while working between the two. You can work better between the two applications.
- Sharper Graphics and Android TV Features
Vulcan API brings high performing 3D graphics where you can see the graphics leap out of your screen which is ideal for VR games. It also has DVR-like features where can play, pause, rewind and also save your sessions to watch them later.
The Nougat also contains Dreamview VR compatibility. However, your cellphone has to be hardware compatible with Google’s Dreamview VR specifications, to use the VR features and games.
- Battery ConservationThe “Doze” feature is a Marshmallow integration feature, but it has been made better. In the Marshmallow version, with the help of sensors the phone will be placed into a deep and calm sleep disabling all backup processes to avoid unnecessary battery consumption. On the other hand, the 7.0 Nougat gains full control of the applications even when inside your purse or your pocket and directly stops applications. This helps with the overall efficiency, battery life as well as the heat, which is a big thing to look out for.
- Encryption and Data Security
- When we are too dependent on technology, we become more prone to attacks like identity theft, and phishing. Google’s Android 7.0 Nougat understands the need for security. Everyone’s personal information should always be kept private even after losing the phone or getting stolen. You can grant applications with different levels of security which will give your files different layers of encryption and more flexible security.
- Mobile Data Control
- The bane of mobile use is unwanted mobile data charges for applications that update or continue processing in the background. The 7.0 Nougat will come with a data saver option where all automatic background processes will stop to cease all unwanted data charges. This smart data saving option is very customizable where you can restrict data to applications installed on the phone.
- This feature is related to the battery conservation feature. However, instead of just battery just use, you can configure the mobile data control to allow continuous upload and download of data even if your phone is on suspend or sleep mode.
Admittedly, this might cause some misunderstanding as some people will think that they have already closed the data connection when the G5 is in sleep mode. Unfortunately, that is not entirely true. It still depends on whether you have an app running which accesses data, while at the same you have set that app to continue using data in the background.
- Users will have to pay close attention to their settings. There is more opportunity to plug holes in security, on the other hand, the user has to double check the phone settings just to make sure.
- Instant Apps
- This is the operating systems’ capability to install small packets of the app for one-time use. One example is an app found through a search result will install or just add what is needed to run the app once and then discards the files after use.
- Among other things, Android 7 keeps an eye on these small apps and deletes them after use. For another, this also helps with garbage collection and makes sure that the memory is not filled up unnecessarily. Normally, the cell phone needed to be shut down and restarted to reclaim memory used by zombie processes. This time, the memory used by small apps, as well as the storage used, will be freed up when their work is done.
All in all, LG G5 users will have a hay day once the Nougat is available for download. There are a lot of changes from Marshmallow to Nougat, and only a few are visual or visible to the user. Nougat is the better, faster, safer operating system with more options for efficiency and customization. You will not be disappointed with this update on the modular LG flagship. Ultimately the revamp version will give you a customizable notification, smarter menu settings, and more enhanced features.