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92 Engadget Score
The best in its category. We highly recommend it.
92

The best in its category. We highly recommend it.

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Engadget Review

This year's big Android release isn't about dramatically revamping Google's mobile software, just sanding down rough edges and making everything work a little smarter. The end result is a version of Android built on a stronger foundation than ever, even if the release is a little light on must-use features.

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Pros
  • Improved notifications are great
  • Faster app installs and performance
  • Battery gets a boost thanks to Doze
Cons
  • Split-screening apps can be weird
  • Mysterious availability
92 Engadget Score
The best in its category. We highly recommend it.
92

The best in its category. We highly recommend it.

How we score

The Engadget Score is a unique ranking of products based on extensive independent research and analysis by our expert editorial and research teams. The Global Score is arrived at only after curating hundreds, sometimes thousands of weighted data points (such as critic and user reviews).

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Score Breakdown

 
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Average Critic Score
 
80
The Guardian
Overall Android 7.0 Nougat is a great update. It makes some significant changes under the hood that provide benefits including longer battery life. The visual tweaks are subtle and most will likely be masked by the customisations made to Android by third-party manufacturers.
 
80
PC Mag
Nougat, the latest version of Google's Android operating system, brings an even more polished and useful version of an already mature platform. But the biggest features are still coming.
 
90
phoneArena
Android has come a long way and Nougat definitely improves on what has been accomplished so far. All the new features and functionalities it introduces are definitely rather important ones and we can't say that any of these is an unnecessary overkill or an overcomplication.
 
90
The Verge
Nougat is a solid update, it’s a shame it will take so long for anybody to see it.
 
90
Ars Technica
In my five months of using various developer and final versions of Android 7.0 Nougat, my big takeaway is that Nougat significantly improves the user experience on big screen phones.
 
80
TrustedReviews
The Vulkan API is good news ... if developers find a way to tear themselves away from free-to-play casual projects. And the first steps in multi-tasking that involves two apps directly communicating with one another is exciting – even if its uses right now are limited.
 
80
CNET
Android Nougat offers welcome improvements in what is a functional, if not very exciting, update.
 
90
Pocket-Lint
Nougat cleans up some of Marshmallow's underbaked gaps to make for the best and longest-lasting Android experience yet. The most painful point about it might be waiting for your handset to offer the update.
 
80
The Wall Street Journal
While it is no monster OS overhaul, Nougat is a useful upgrade.
 
80
GSM Arena
Nougat clearly isn't a huge update. Instead, Google's focus with this release seems to have been all about polishing existing things while adding many little changes here and there, all adding up to a neat overall package.