Google officially released Android 7.0 Nougat just a few month ago for selected phones from the Nexus series. Fortunately, this time, Google has given developers a much earlier opportunity to get access to Android N Developer Preview, which suggests that manufacturers will be able to quickly prepare and release their updates.
As long as we wait for the new version to be released by the manufacturers, we’ll take a look at the key novelties in Android Nuga-Halva that you might like.
Improved battery life
Introduced in Android 6.0 Marshmallow for the first time, the doze mode becomes even smarter in this year’s edition. Even when you put your phone in the Doze pocket, it does its job to keep the battery life.
Is your notification bar full of information about available updates, incoming messages, notifications, and missed calls? Android 7.0 Nougat clears a small view with merged notifications. Apps can group notifications in a much more concise way with an option to expand them to see more details.
You will be able to reply to a message directly from the notification bar. This saves you from opening the application just to write a response.
You will be able to run two apps in split screen mode. This is not new to some manufacturers, but we are very pleased to see this platform-level feature.
There are 72 new emoticons added in Android 7.0 Nougat, which means that their total number is over 1500. Nowadays, who does not like to communicate with these small and cheerful icons?
Security and privacy
The main reason to be with the latest software is security. Android 7.0 nougat delivers a number of improvements in this area, including more trusted face unlock, file encryption, “direct booting” that delivers notifications before you even log in with a password. Another feature is updating the background software while you are using the device normally. This feature is now only available for selected phones, but we hope it will only appear on future devices.
Android 7.0 Nougat gives the user more control over the device than before. Customers like customizable quick settings and tiles, setting suggestions, and the clear all button to close all applications in the background.
Another convenience is adding “Emergency information”, such as a blood group, allergies, emergency contact, and all of this is available from the locking screen when needed. You can also adjust the size of text, icons, and other elements.