Last year, Google released the latest version of its OS: Android 7.0 Nougat. It provided a with a breath of fresh air as some of the features were long yearned for by android users and developers. With it’s new features, Android N would help make smarter mobile applications. Some of the features are:
- Multi-Screen Support
This was a much requested multitasking feature by seasoned Android users. Users can now finally work on two window screens simultaneously on their devices that run on Android 7.0 or above OS. This feature enables users on mobile and tablets to run two apps simultaneously on screen side-by-side or one above the other. They can also resize the apps by dragging the divider separating them. On the other hand, users on Android TV can use picture-in-picture mode. This allows them to interact with the content and users can also browse through other apps.
- Recent App Button
Google has even improved the functionality of the ‘Recent App’ Button in Android 7.0 Nougat. While in recent apps UI in Android 7.0, upon pressing this button, it allows you to toggle between your apps instead of taking you to the home screen. Switching between the apps is also easy by simply double pressing the button.
- Enhanced Notifications
The notifications are completely revamped and updated for faster and easier use. The design is sleeker and inviting. Some of the features of new notifications in Android N include direct reply to easily answer a text or SMS, Bundled Notifications to group messages together making it easy to take action in bulk, customization of messaging style, and new template update with minimal adjustment in the code.
- Quick Settings
The top of the notification panel in Android N features quick toggles for Wifi, Data Saver, and other settings, this enables users to access the most used settings in one single press. Moreover, users can add tiles and even rearrange them in quick settings.
- Quick Settings Tile API
Android developers can now customize their own custom tile through Quick Settings Tile API. Even apps can add their own customized tiles to Quick Settings.
- Redesigning The Settings Menu
The settings menu has received a major overhaul in Android 7.0 Nougat. The new setting menu features high information density. A navigation drawer can be accessed by simply swiping the left edge of the screen. Moreover, the statuses of the key system settings are shown just below them.
- Data Saver
Google has integrated the data saver in the OS itself with Android 7.0 Nougat. This helps in reducing the data usage by restricting background app data usage. The latest development in this feature is that now data restriction is even possible in the apps while they are in the forefront. This leaves the onus on the developers to build apps that drain fewer data.
- Improved Doze Mode
Doze Mode puts the device into power saving mode while it is lying in dormant mode. In order to improve battery life this feature in Android 7.0 Nougat ensures that Doze Mode is triggered even when the device is moving. On the contrary, in the last release of Android Marshmallow, Doze Mode will kick in only when it is lying dormant on the table for some time.
- Influential File Explorer
Android 7.0 Nougat is fixing the flaws of file explorer that came in with Marshmallow. Google is making the inbuilt file explorer more powerful by letting users rename files, move them around, and even letting the multiple tabs open.
- DPI Scaling
Google has added DPI Scaling as a default option in Android 7.0 Nougat. Previously it required adding some command in abd. This had some usability issue. In Android N, Google has made changes in the framework. This allows users to adjust the DPI of the screen as per their likeability.