Google has rolled out the latest version of Android, the Nougat version 7.1.2 to Pixel C tablets and the Pixel smartphones.
The company has always focused strongly on their phone and tablet lineup. All the Nexus devices in the past used to receive the latest and greatest Android first. The trend continues in 2017 but with more models receiving the vanilla treatment at the earliest. Motorola is a great example as the company’s phones were always quick to receive newer Android versions and older devices get the support at least for two years so that they don’t sound outdated quickly.
With the newest Nougat, the Pixel C tablet looks a lot like the Pixel phones. The overall user interface design now has the circular buttons, blue grey color management scheme combined with all the features that make the operating system a worthy upgrade. The most important of them all is the ability to use multi-tasking menu providing users the option to browse through 8 different apps that are open and use them simultaneously.
Any user who gets to see the Pixel C will instantly recognize that it resembles a lot of design elements similar to the smartphone and the color, material design makes it more appealing than it already is. Google swayed away from the highly affordable Nexus lineup of tablets and smartphones to make an expensive Pixel lineup. They may not have the same impact as the amazing devices from the past but they do give a better competition to Apple’s premium devices.
With the update, there is no direct button to open the app drawer. The feature is pretty nifty as it diverts users from the usual click to open to a more sophisticated method. Just swipe your finger from bottom to top on the screen to open the app drawer and it should pop up in a jiffy, considering how powerful the hardware specifications on the tablet is.
The company rolled out a testing phase for the Android Nougat 7.1.2 after which it was rolled out to Pixel tablets and smartphones. There is no word on when Google plans to bring it to other devices. The update also changes the Android logo in both the Pixel and the Nexus 6 smartphones. Pixel C tablet is yet to make a huge impact in the tablet market but considering the price, it may not be a Nexus 7 but rather a premium tablet like the Apple iPad Air 2.