What is new with Android 7.1 Nougat?
After months of hard work on development, Android ‘Nougat’ is finally available for the Fairphone 2!
We strongly recommend you to update your Fairphone 2 to Android 7.1, which includes the latest security fixes available and new built-in features.
This new OS runs faster and smoother and your battery charge should last longer between charges.
New Android 7.1 features
Now you can use more than one app in a single screen.
Just open one app you want to use on your screen, then press and hold down the square-shaped overview button at the bottom right to choose from other apps to add to screen.
Drag and drop the open app to the top half of the screen. You can select what to have in the bottom half either by a simple scroll through the cards of the recent open apps or hitting the home button and selecting the one you prefer.
Keep in mind that not all the apps support split-screen mode yet.
Do you know the endless list of notifications that stack up in the pull-down window? Android 7.1 takes care of that. It groups related alerts into packages which you can expand and collapse with a tap on a button.
Direct replies go hand-in-hand with bundled notifications. You can either reply to messages straight from the alert when it pops up at the top of the screen, or from the bundled notification without leaving this part of the screen. Direct replies work for most texts and chat apps.
Say good-bye to third-party toggle widgets. Now, Android has its own built-in toggles (also known as the quick settings menu) that sit right above notifications. To access, just swipe down from the top of your screen. The new toggles include handy things like WiFi, Bluetooth and Do Not Disturb. Android also gives you some (limited) choice over what toggles you want to appear. You'll have two toggle menus, a quick one that appears when you swipe down and then a complete menu with all available toggles when you tap the down arrow at the top right.
Apps that run in the background can burn through your monthly data really quickly. With Data Saver, however, Nougat lets you keep apps from running in the background unless you're on WiFi, saving your precious data plan.
For more information on the new Android 7 features, consult Google's official list.
How to update
Updating your Fairphone 2 to the latest software is easy. And if you have issues, you can always contact our customer support!