Android Nougat 7.0 Features You Should Know About

Update: HTC has revealed it will not update the One M8 to Android 7 Nougat. It will be updating the HTC 10, One M9 and One A9 by the end of 2016.

We All have heard rumors about Android Nougat here is the reality what it contains and what are its major features you should know,
Google’s latest update Android 7.0 AKA (Nougat) is an OS that’s been so thoroughly refined that the company is now more than halfway through the alphabet with names, at letter 14 of 26.

The bad news is that Google didn’t wait to announce Nougat at Google IO 2016. The reason behind this was to give developers several months to tinker with the update, according to the company. So that means app developers are much more prepared now Android 7.0 is rolling out.

So here are some coolest features that google have added to its latest update Android 7.0 Nougat.

Multi-window support

The multitasking support is finally arriving as expected, and Split Screen is deservedly the highlight of Android Nougat on phones and tablets.

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This feature is already used by Samsung and LG’s android phones the have added it into their Android Ui’s years ago, so it’s nice (and about time) Google is including the same and even better when its provided in Stock Android and It’s easy to launch too – – as you can see the recent button has been changed to (Multi-tasking) in the nav bar.

Meanwhile Android TV gets picture-in-picture mode, allowing you to continue watching your show in a smaller screen while performing another task.

There’s also a Clear All button at the top of the multi-tasking menu on your phone to make it simple to close all your apps. Then there’s a new feature called Quick Switch, which lets you jump back to the previous application with a double tap of the recent (multi-tasking) button in the navigation bar.

Direct Reply Notifications

You won’t have to stop your tasks and open a new window/task just to answer an incoming message. You can just reply within the notification that appears at the top of the screen.

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It worked well enough for the iPhone and iPad when the same idea made its debut with iOS 8 under the name Quick Reply. But Apple’s approach to messages worked strictly with its iMessage app.

Google is opening up Direct Reply Notifications beyond Hangouts, and that could mean popular apps like WhatsApp could take advantage of this convenient inline messaging feature.

New quick settings menu

Google is adding a new quick settings menu to the notifications shade you pull down from the top. It’s a lot like the one Samsung, LG and every other Android manufacturer seems to use.

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Sure, Google stock Android software has had switches for Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, Airplane mode and so forth, but it required pulling the notifications bar down a second time to reveal the quick settings menu.

Now the quick settings toggles are here as soon as you gesture downward once to see notifications. The best news is that all of the buttons small and un-obstructive. It leaves room for notifications to flourish.

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Longtime Nexus users will also be happy to hear that the quick settings switches can be sorted to your liking, much like they can on other Android phones. You won’t need the System UI Tuner to meddle.

For example, I often use MiFi more than Airplane Mode, so Mobile Hotspot icon get promoted to be one of the five icons along the top of the initial quick settings on my Nexus 6P.

That little airplane icon is still there for my takeoff and landings needs, but it got the bump to the second swipe menu. Sorting is finally up to you, which is really what Android is all about.

Bundled notifications

Google’s not done with the way Android N changes notifications. It also announced that notification cards will be grouped together if they’re from the same app.

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All messages from a specific messaging app, for example, are bundled together in the notification shade. These grouped alerts can then be expanded into individual notifications using a two-finger gesture or tapping the all-new expansion button.

This is basically the opposite of what Apple did in the jump from iOS 8 to iOS 9, switching from grouping them by app to lining them up chronologically. We’ll see which method works best this autumn.

There’s more control over your notifications in Android Nougat too, as now you can long press on a notification to either silence future notifications, or turn them off completely.

Doze Mode 2.0

One of the (literal) sleeper hits of Android Marshmallow has been Doze Mode, Google’s crafty way of saving battery life whenever your device is stationary. It’s amounts to a deep standby mode.

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Android Nougat is going to step up the company’s energy-saving software techniques by expanding Doze Mode so that it thoroughly limits background tasks whenever the screen is turned off.

That’s ideal for throwing a phone in your pocket or your tablet in a backpack, and then retrieving it the next day or next week without having to recharge it right away. Your “I can’t even” face when you pick up your dead Nexus phone the next morning will be a thing of the past.

Android Nougat performance

Google says Android Nougat will provide its biggest leap forward in graphics with the introduction of Vulkan, giving game developers much-needed control of the GPU.

That in turn will result in even better graphics and smoother, faster performance.

If you’ve downloaded apps from other sources that aren’t the Google Play Store, you’ll now be able to identify where the app came from by going into your Settings, App Info and then Package Installer.

There’s also been a number of Android runtime improvements, including optimizations to the JIT compiler which has seen task speeds increase between 30%-600% compared to the previous version.

Updates are also more seamless, with security updates automatically downloaded and a simple fresh boot up of your device will see you run the latest offering. It’s also got rid of that annoying “Android is updating” pop up when you restart after an update.

Other features

Google has confirmed the new “Launcher Shortcuts” feature that debuted in the second beta for Android Nougat is ready for pressure-sensitive display technology.

It will make it easier for Android manufacturers to bring 3D Touch-like technology to Android handsets, as it’s baked directly into the operating system.

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Then there’s extra security additions such as file-based encryption and Direct boot to help your device start up faster while running your apps securely.

Last, and by no means least, Android N will bring support for Unicode 9 which among other things will see the introduction of 72 new emoji so go ahead express yourself..

Source/Via (techradar) (googleblog)