Its official that Android N would be called Android Nougat. Google has released fifth and final preview version of the Android Nougat, and if the reports are be believed, the next Android OS will release on August 5.
Till date, we have come to know much about the Android Nougat. Few users have put together a list of features and improvements they have experienced. Here are five of those features that you should definitely know about.
1. Customizable Quick Settings:
Just as with Marshmallow, the Quick Settings panel is similar to Android’s N, with one difference. The notification slide now has a settings bar that allows you to toggle controls for Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and Location among others. What’s interesting is, the bar is capable of paginating if you set more than five custom controls within the Quick Settings panel.
2. Functional Notifications:
The notification panel is now bigger and wider, allowing you to read more information on your screen. Alerts are only separated by a thin line with the name of the app at the top of all grouped alerts. Tabs in the notification panel allow you to reply to alerts without launching the native app as well as perform other actions such as archiving, deleting or setting calendar alerts.
3. Split-screen Multitasking:
A new feature to Google platforms, this has been made available on Android devices if the hardware manufacturer has previously supported the functionality. To enable split-screen, all you have to do is hit the icon that looks like two triangles placed on each other. Your current app will slide to the left of the screen to reveal a list of your recent apps that you can pick from.
You can alternately also hit the home button on your device to select other apps to launch. A black-lined division between the apps will allow you to resize the apps on your screen for better viewing. To exit the multi-tasking mode, all you have to do is hold down the multitasking icon.
4. Double Tap App Switcher:
While this is available on many devices through physical button gestures, Google has introduced an app-switcher function within the screen. All you have to do is double tap the Multi-tasking icon, and you can switch between your recently opened apps.
It allows you to switch quickly between apps without having to move off the screen and hence makes tasks like copy and pasting information much faster.
5. Smarter Doze Mode:
Android’s Marshmallow included a Doze mode too where the system would go into a sleep state to conserve battery for facilitation of longer performance. The flaw was that Doze mode would be automatically activated when the phone was laid flat on a surface.
The new Android N uses the system into Doze mode even when your device is in your pocket, ensuring better and more intuitive battery conservation.
With these features being offered in just the first iteration of the new OS, you will see more additions and improvements in the coming releases, some of which may not make it to the final version of the platform at all.