This year, Google was in a rush to release the Android 7.0 Nougat, after in March, the company launched a preview program for developers who own a Nexus 5X, 6, 6P, Nexus Player, a Pixel C tablet, a General Mobile 4G (Android One) or an Xperia Z3 smartphone. The new operating system was released on August 22 and it’s already rolling out to the aforementioned Nexus devices (the Z3 was excluded from the list of compatible devices because of some issues), while the previous Android 6.0 Marshmallow was unveiled alongside the Nexus 5X and 6P, in October 2015. Below we’ll tell you about the major new features from the total of over 50 changes, so that you’ll know what to expect from the new Android OS.
This is a feature that was requested especially by owners of phablets and tablets, who want to want to run two applications simultaneously. Google has made a few tests in Marshmallow, but the feature wasn’t ready to be added to the final version. However, multi-window support made its way to Nougat and in order to run two apps side-by-side, you will need to tap the square recent apps menu, then to slide any app to the top.
Tweaked Settings Menu
The settings menu is smarter in Nougat, as it offers suggestions at the top, which you can minimize. This is very useful, because if you forget to setup the fingerprint reader, or to change the wallpaper, then you will get this suggestion. Also, while you’re in any settings menu, if you tap the three lines button, you have access to all settings by bringing out a hamburger menu.
If you have a limited data plan and don’t want to exceed your mobile data, then enable Data Saver, which will limit background data usage and you can select auto-on options and Google will know when you’re getting close to consuming all your data.
Until now, Android users had to install third party applications that brought this feature whose goal is to reduce the brightness of the screen lower, so that you can fall asleep easier. The Night Mode feature that’s hidden in System UI Tuner can be unlocked by long pressing the gear-shaped settings button until you’ll see it spinning.
Doze on the Go
Google has surprised its users when it introduced Doze in Marshmallow, which extended battery life by putting applications into a low-power sleep state when the device wasn’t used. This feature was upgraded in Nougat and it kicks in when the screen has been off for a while, even if the device is put in a pocket, preventing applications to access location or notifications, but it allows messages and emails to still come through.
Android TV Recording
Do you have a favorite TV show which you’re watching using Android TV, Google’s smart TV platform, and want to record each episode directly on your Android phone or tablet? This feature was introduced especially for this purpose, but you may want to be aware of the copyright issues.
Some people have health problems and if they have an allergic reaction to a specific substance while they’re outside, and they’re taken to the hospital, it will be easier for doctors to contact their families or friends, by using “Emergency Information” from the lockscreen. The owner of the device can add there medical information and phone numbers of their loved ones.
This change replaces the old method that required accepting an update, waiting for it to download, then the phone had to reboot a few times, it went into recovery mode, and the update was finally applied. This wasn’t over yet, because the phone had to reboot again so that the app could be optimized, thanks to the new update. The entire process took 15-20 minutes, which was extremely long and frustrating, so Google had to change something about the way applications get updated. Now, in Nougat, the update is downloaded in the background automatically, then you’re alerted that at the next reboot, the update will be applied.
Android Instant Apps
You will no longer have to purchase an application, then to install it on your Android phone and regret your decision. Android instant apps will make its debut on Jelly Bean and above versions and it will allow users to watch videos from buzzfeed with the applications they want to download, then if they like what they see, they can finally make the payment using Android Pay.
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