New year, new blog

I don’t really have the time to update this blog at the moment, but partly I also don’t have much to write about – I can’t afford the latest phones etc. so I’m stuck talking about my older devices (although I am considering an upgrade to either a Pixel 2 or a Galaxy S8). Personally, I don’t find Android as exciting any more – there haven’t been any major changes recently, it’s more a case of ironing out flaws. It’s still the best mobile OS as far as I can tell, but I don’t have much to say about it.

So I think I am going to change the blog to cover games as well as Android. After sitting out the PS4/Xbox One era, I’ve finally entered the current generation with a Nintendo Switch. So far I am loving it and Zelda is such a wonderful experience, I’m looking forward to trying out other games. So in the coming weeks I’m going to update the blog (and find a new theme as well!) to include my thoughts about games. It will also be a handy place for me to keep my completed games list. I’ve tried maintaining lists on other sites but they always seem to shut down or not get updated.

Android Nougat released – how to get it right now if you have a Nexus device

Google have released the final version of the Android Nougat operating system for Nexus devices – but you might still have to wait even if you have a current supported Nexus device such as the 5X, 6P or 9 as Google releases the update in stages. However, there is an easy way to get the update immediately.

All you need to do is sign up for the Android beta programme and enrol for your specific device. The notification to install the Nougat update will then appear on your device shortly afterwards (it appeared almost instantly on my Nexus 5X). You will see warnings about your phone being wiped if installing a beta update, but you can safely ignore this as this is not a beta update. Once the update has been downloaded and installed to your phone, you should then unenrol your device at the same beta programme link so that you don’t receive the next beta update.

Nougat downloading on my Nexus 5X

Nougat promises some great new features such as multi-window support, quick switching between apps, new emoji, a new Vulkan API for faster graphics, improved battery life, improved bundling of notifications and more. I look forward to trying out Nougat – it’s nice to have a Nexus device and get the update straight away without waiting months for manufacturers!