The one OS that is getting better and better day-to-day is Google Android. Google has launched its sweetest OS till date named as “Android 7.0 Nougat”. It has a lot of major improvements and perfections compared to Marshmallow. It also has a lot of new and nice usability changes which will be loved by users for sure. After dropping its Android N developer preview in the Month of March-2016, Google has identified the final release of Android Nougat by the end of September-2016 and announced it in the Google IO 2016.
Where the Android 7.0 has a finalized form and will be launched ahead of its schedule, the question is, when it will be available for our device? The answer varies from device to device, but yes, it will be firstly available for the current generation Nexus devices.
Quick Roundup of Android 7.0 Nougat
If you are familiar with the Android N Developer Previews, then you will find the familiar features in the Android 7.0. It is built similarly to Android N developer preview 5. The official Over-The-Air (OTA) Android Nougat update was only of 49.5MB, which is tiny compared to the 1.1GB update of the Marshmallow. Here, we will see the most amazing features of the Android 7.0 Nougat from the new user’s perspective. It is featured with multitasking and Doze skills with the Daydream VR support, a new Allo messaging app, and a lot more. The Nougat is equipped with the extended functionalities, improved pre-exist features and all the possible improvements that can be done on the stock Android. From a completely re-designed setting menu to a new notification area, you will see a lot of visually upgraded and exciting stuff in Nougat.
Now, Let’s check out the exciting features of Android 7.0 Nougat
- Daydreams renamed as Screen Savers
Though the Android screensavers will work as they always do in the same manner, Google has renamed its Daydream feature to Screen Saver. Google has done this for the repurposing the Daydream for its VR platform namesake.
- Multiple Apps at the Same Time
Yes, it is not a new feature as the Samsung users are already using two apps in a split-screen mode. But, with Android 7.0 Nougat, Google is officially supporting multi-window mode for all the devices running on this latest Android version. To use this feature, you need to simply press and hold the recent apps button. The app you are using currently will go on the top of the screen if you are using a smartphone and will go on the left if you are doing it on your tablet. The remaining app’s list will be shown at the bottom and you can choose from it whichever app you want to use as a second option.
- Drag and Drop Feature in a Multi-Window Mode
Just like as you do on your desktop, you can drag and drop texts, images from one app to the second app when you are using the multi-window mode. Select and long press on the text or image until it starts floating. Then drag it to the second screen and let it go. Fast and easy time-saving process, isn’t it?
- Multi-tasking (Double-Tap Access)
By making an easier process of switching between two apps, you can double-tap on the recent apps button and can quickly switch between your two most-used recent apps. For example, if you are writing an email and want to add a link from the Chrome browser, then open the Chrome, find & copy the link you want to add, then double tap on the recent apps button and you will be right back in your email editor!
- Access to Two Webpages
Apple took a year to launch this feature for its Safari and iPad users, but Google has done this in the same time it launched multi-window feature for its Android users. When you are using the multi-window mode, just press the ‘Move to other window’ button on the Menu.
- Specific Wallpaper for the Home Screen
You can set a different wallpaper for both your home screen and the lock screen now. It took a way of many years, but finally, the change has arrived.
- Source of the APK
With the Android 7.0 Nougat, you can keep track of the application source from where it is installed. Open the app menu in the settings, and just scroll down. You will see the store name of the APK installed when you select the particular app from the list.
- Get Bundled Notifications
With Android 7.0 Nougat, you can get the bundled notifications opted for your particular contact from the list. You can bundle all your notifications from a particular app bundled into one alert. You can slide down on a specific notification to see the rest of the alerts from that app.
- Faster Reply
Now you can reply to the incoming messages directly from the notification area, no need to switch between apps for sending a message. Moreover, this is not limited for messaging app, you can reply directly to the Facebook messages, Hangouts, Twitter mentions, etc.
- Important Notification Setting
Even if you using the DND mode, you can still set the notification access for a particular app. Press and hold on a particular notification and you can view the current importance level. Go to ‘more settings’ and there you can adjust the interruption level for that app. Move the slider for the detailed information for the alert types.
- Cancel the Download Directly
Days are gone in which you have to go to PlayStore and then select the particular app to cancel the download process. Android Nougat has the cancel button on the download notification area from where you can simply press and cancel the download anytime during the process.
- Keyboard Shortcuts
If you are not a master of shortcuts, then this feature will provide a great help. After you upgrade to Android 7.0, just press the Search plus / button and you will see a list of keyboard shortcuts for the specific app you are using.
- Doze Mode
The Doze mode is the Google’s creative way to save your battery life. It was a latterly a super hit in Marshmallow and Google has continued this in Android 7.0 with an expanded version. It limits the background process when your device is stationary and accounts a deep standby mode.
- And a Lot More
New and improved Emojis, suggested settings for recommended apps, easier app navigation settings, multiple quick setting options, quick settings from the notification area, and many other enhanced features are wrapped in the Android 7.0 Nougat.
Which Phones Will Get Android Nougat?
After knowing all the features, the one obvious question will come in your mind that, “But when it will come in my device???”. If you have the best phones from top brands, then the time is not far from you. As the recent update arrived, HTC launched the One A9 earlier this year will get the Android 7.0 Nougat update shortly. Tweaking the updates varies from one manufacturer to another (some devices have not the update to Marshmallow yet!). If you want the latest OS, it’s better to get a Nexus device because all the updated Android versions will be available for update for this device first.
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