The good news is finally here. The new and appealing Android Nougat 7.0 has recently come out of its beta shell. Very soon it will start rolling out to Nexus devices worldwide. Launched in March as Android N, the new Android OS boasts of all new features and functionalities. Be it battery performance, security or accessibility, Android N is all set to create the spark all over. Let’s check out the 10 most striking features of the OS.
1. Multitasking Support
If you love multitasking and want to make the most out of your device, Android Nougat 7.0 allows its users to open two apps in split-screen mode not only in Nexus devices but also on other devices. The OS smartly analyses and changes the display of various apps and users can customize it too at their end, with new dimensions.
For instance, now you can choose to watch a video on YouTube and post tweets at the same time.
This feature is already available on various devices by leading brands such as Samsung but now you can get the same on almost all Android phones having Nougat version. To experience it, just open the recent apps view, tap and hold an app, and drag it to the top or bottom of the screen.
Nougat also features a “picture-in-picture” mode which allows users watch video in a small window while using your phone. Google’s documentation mentions that this is primarily meant for Android TV, and does not give phones and tablets.
2. More Quick Settings Options
With Android Nougat, you will get more Quick Settings right on the notification pane. Users can have up to nine toggles in a single Quick Settings screen, and get even more by swiping to the right.
Now it has become much easier for users to manage various things on their Android device such as toggle WiFi, turn on Do Not Disturb, or use your phone as a flashlight with just one tap. In Nougat, you can drag once to access the notification drawer with first five Quick Settings are on top making it highly convenient.
3. Enhanced Google Keyboard
Yes, you heard it right. In Android N, you will get new keyboard themes that users can further customize by adding or removing borders between keys or by adding colors. It even includes emoji characters that are Unicode 9 approved.
Get a feel of real keyboard as the Pixel C adds new standards of convenience and mobile computing edge to the tablet. In Nougat, you can simply press Search + / to access the list of shortcuts for the app you’re currently using.
4. Retouched Notifications
It is certainly the most significant update on this Android version. The latest Android operating system features an improved notification panel from where users can directly respond to chats, and expand them in various ways than what is currently available in Android Marshmallow.
Not only the notification shade loos a bit different, but it contains new features as well. For example, developers can now add ““direct reply” functionality in their apps, so users can choose to reply to a message without launching the app itself just like Google’s default apps already do.
One more interesting thing – “bundled notifications” that allow Android to club notifications from the same app together. They can be expanded into separate notifications so as to seek more details on the ones that interest you.
5. Improved Battery life
If you’re worried over the faster drainage of your device battery, Android Nougat 7.0 has really worked hard on this part by tweaking the internal functionality. So, do more with the new Android OS.
Nougat’s feature a “lighter” doze mode whenever the screen is turned off, then switch to the normal “deep” doze when the phone has been idle for awhile. Considering the effectiveness of Doze on Marshmallow, it seems very excited to check out Nougat’s doze in real-world situations.
6. All-New Recent Apps
The newest Android release allows users open last-used app by double-tapping the recent apps button. Also, double-tapping the button when an app is already open will lead you to the app you had launched just before.
Now Google has launched a Clear All button to wipe off the recent apps list. Rather than directing it at the bottom of your screen when accessing your recent apps, now you just need to scroll to the top of the list where you’ll get the easy to use Clear All text.
7. Improved Native Life Manager
Android features a natural file manager with Marshmallow which has been quite elementary and does not allow you do much other than searching folders and copying files. With the latest Android Nougat, the native file manager is going to experience new features including hamburger menus, search ability by file types and folders, the option to move and share files and Google Drive integration. You can even have multiple instances of the file browser open at the same time.
8. Block Phone Numbers At System Level
The latest Android Nougat lets users block phone numbers right at the system level, straight from apps such as Dialer, Hangouts and Messenger. If a number has been blocked at system-level, other apps on the device will also block it without the need of any further action.
There’s a lot of new elements like a Data Saver mode very much identical to Android’s existing Battery Saver mode, which is designed to save you data if you reach the threshold limit of your data plan. There’s also a new and improved number blocking feature that encompasses multiple apps–so if you block a number in the Dialer, it also blocks that number in Hangouts. Google’s documentation also details about call screening, faster boot times, and a number of other background enhancements.
9. Show Emergency Contact Details And Medical Info On Lock Screen
In case of emergency, you can choose to show your emergency contact details and medical details right on the lock screen. To set the information, go to Settings and choose the Emergency Information option.
There you’ll find an option to fill the emergency contact details. The medical information and emergency contact will be displayed on the lock screen and the Emergency dialler will get enabled.
10. Minor Changes In Settings
Android N has strived to bring a new set of changes to the Settings app. These include a swanky night theme, data saver that restricts background data consumption and option for display calibration, as well as screen zooming.
Now you can quickly navigate through the Settings app and hop between various parts using the hamburger menu give on the left side of the screen.
Android Nougat is the end results of the inputs received from thousands of fans and developers all across the world. There are over 250 major features in Android Nougat, including VR Mode in Android. All these new features strive to maintain the standard of the Android in the mobile computing industry. In addition, Nougat brings a number of new features to help make Android more effective, more productive and more secure.