Google has started rolling out it’s latest version of Android 7.0 Nougat to its recent devices. It has been started from yesterday. It is going to be available to the only handful of devices like Nexus 6P, Nexus 5X, Nexus 6 and Pixel C tablet. Google has been launching various public betas since March. Since then they have squashed many bugs.
Android 7.0 Nougat isn’t much of a different than it’s predecessor Marshmallow. There is only a handful of added features and tweaks in Nougat apart from Marshmallow. Features like split screen support and Vulkan API is new. Apart from that other things are just minor improvements over Marshmallow like improved multitasking or Doze on the go. But the real problem here is when will an update be available to your phone. It could be months or a year. So apart from nexus owners, this article isn’t that much exciting to others. Let’s take a look at features.
Google has finally added a handful of features to make multitasking easier. The major one is split screen support. This is probably the most awaited feature for nexus owners. It is already been available in Samsung, Apple, and Windows devices for a long time. It is a well-supported feature by most of the apps now. It is not only available on the tablet but also on phone too. It works this way, in order to use the split screen you have to long press the overview button then your main app window will move to the top side and in remaining space you will see the multitasking view. From that, you can choose whichever app you wanted to run on remaining screen.
There is also another minor improvement in multitasking. If you press overview button twice it will switch to recently used app quickly. I particularly found this feature very useful and handy. Because many times my multitasking is only confined to two apps and this feature helps me a lot to switch between apps conveniently.
Notifications & Quick Settings
Notification Panel brings us another notable feature in Android Nougat apart from multitasking. In Android 7.0 Nougat notification takes the whole width of the screen. Notifications are arranged like the stack; on top of each other, without looking like separate cards. Bundled notification is another improvement Google has brought to Android Nougat. Now apps can bundle a bunch of separate notification alert to a single notification. This bundle can also be expanded by swiping down the notification. Then you can act on each individual notification. Long press on the notification brings us the notification option for that particular app. So now it is way more easy to quite the noise made by unwanted notifications from other apps.
The quick setting is been entirely redesigned in Nougat! Google has added most used quick setting toggles right in the top of notification panel. So, no more double swipe or two fingers swipe to access your favorite quick setting toggle. Although on the second swipe down we can see more quick setting toggles. Now all of this quick settings are fully customizable! We can rearrange, add or remove any quick setting toggle we want.
There is another feature called Notification Direct Reply. Whenever you gets any message; you can swipe it down, type your reply and hit send. No need to leave the current app!
Other tweaks & Features:
There are lots of small improvements in Android Nougat. There is a setting app which shows a bit more information right on its home screen. Data saver is also another feature which puts a limit on apps to use the cellular data in the background. We can set a photo in the background in a new keyboard of Android 7.0 Nougat and there is also an addition of plenty of new emojis. The camera app is slightly improved, supporting twist gesture to switch between front and rear camera.
There is also other implemented features in Android 7.0 Nougat which we can’t see. Google has implemented Vulkan API in Nougat for 3D graphics. This will help in improving the way Android games looks. Doze on the go is another improvement over Doze. Now your phone can save battery juice even while it is sitting in your pocket. Google has also changed the way Android handles media, adding file-based encryption; which encrypts data to its file level. It provides greater security than ever before. Though my favorite improvement is that: future Android devices are going to come with two partitions for OS, which will allow google to silently send OTA updates or even a whole new OS and install it on the partition which your phone is not using. No need of old time-consuming installation process, just one reboot and you are good to go!
Though this feature looks good on paper, but the old story here is an update! As I told you before Android update process is a mess. No one knows how much time it will take to receive an update to non-nexus phones. Talking about numbers only 15.2% of the Android devices today are running last year’s Android Marshmallow OS. Android 7.0 Nougat is a great update for Android. I am waiting to see how many of devices will get Nougat update.