Most people do not have Android M yet and yet we are getting the next version of android. Yup, the newest version of the Android Mobile Operating System has arrived pretty early this year :
Welcome, Android N.
— Android (@Android) June 30, 2016
To everyone’s surprise and disappointment, the latest version of Android will be called Android Nougat and not Android Nutella. Apparently, Sundar Pichai had said he’d ask his mother or let fans vote for the official Android N name and, true to form, Google did a Google Opinions Rewards poll on dessert names starting with the letter ‘N’. So, no hard feelings there!
There had been a lot of changes in the Notifications and for the better. They are a bit wider now which takes up the whole display, showing more content than ever before. Kudos! on taking good advantage of the big screens. Google bundled notifications of the same app officially calling these threads ‘Bundled Notifications’. You can easily expand the full list of notifications by tapping the expand button or using a two-finger gesture, which is a lot easier. For first party apps like Gmail and Google Hangouts, they expand so much that you can take individual action on each item.
Google says that some 50% of our notifications come from messengers, and that’s why it now smartly bundles those texts into one thread and allows you to send quick replies from the notification panel without having to actually open the app. With time, this feature should spread through the third party apps like Twitter and Facebook, which would allow you to take individual actions such as to Retweet, Follow or simply Archive.
Customizable Quick Settings
Also, on top is the new Redesigned Quick Settings. Previously these settings were available in ‘skinned’ versions of Android such as TouchWiz and HTC Sense, but now you get the quick toggles such as WiFi On/Off, Flashlight, Bluetooth or Battery Percentage in the Native OS.
On scrolling down further, you get to the bigger panel of the quick settings. Android Nougat will let you customize every option you want at the notification bar, you can edit to add more stuff into the main panel according to your preferences. Full on customization fun.
Home Page and Multi-Window
The folder UI has received a complete overhaul. The cards are much bigger, The apps now are cropped and resized to make it visible over the folder.
Switching apps are easier than ever before. You can double tap on the ‘Multitasking Button’ to switch between two consecutive apps acting like a ‘Quick App Switcher’. This new feature is pretty handy for copy-paste stuff and switching between a messenger app and a media playback.
A single tap on the button will reveal all the open appsYou can close them individually or you can click on the ‘Clear All’ button to remove them all.
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When you are in an app, you can hold the ‘Multitasking Button’, pick another app and Voila! You are in. You can browse through two apps at the same time and also determine the space each app will take by sliding the bar between the two apps. You can slide to either of the extremes to close one app completely while you chose another from the multitasking window.
Another feature adopted from the skin, but it’s pretty smooth. Bonus! this feature works in Landscape Mode too.
Honestly, I feel “Dark Mode” would have been a better name for this feature than “Night Mode”, but then, Google Knows It All. Right?
This feature was kind of buried in the last update of Android Marshmallow, but now you have it as a functional and easily accessible feature. It basically inverts the color of the system apps like ‘Settings’ from Light into a Dark one.
This can be useful if you are using your phone at night and you don’t want to blast white light or use your screen light as the flashlight, for users having OLED mobile screen panels , it can save your battery big time. You also have a setting to turn on this feature at sunset. Pretty cool, huh?
New Google Camera
The new Google Camera 4.1 adds a couple of nice new features. First up, customizable volume key actions. This means you can tell the Android OS what you want volume up and down to do while in Google Camera. Choose from zoom, shutter and volume for now. SAVAGE!
The three on-screen buttons, HDR, Timer and Flash now shows full options in a full-width view.
When accessing previously taken photos, the ‘Google Photos’ icon has been replaced with an “All Photos” label in the top right-hand corner. BONUS, you can now double tap to zoom in instantly.
All these new additions come with one downside to it, you can no longer display manual exposure settings. I don’t know why Google would go back on this.
Allo, a smart messaging app.
Allo is a smart messaging app that makes your conversations easier and more expressive. It’s based on your phone number, so you can get in touch with anyone in your phonebook. And with deeply integrated machine learning, Allo has smart features to keep your conversations flowing and help you get things done.
Allo has Smart Reply built in , so you can respond to messages without typing a single word. Smart Reply learns over time and will show suggestions that are in your style. The Google assistant in Allo understands your world, so you can ask for things like your agenda for the day, details of your flight and hotel, or photos from your last trip.
The Google assistant
Get answers, find information, and get things done without having to leave your conversation.
Respond to messages without typing a single word. Smart Reply learns over time and suggests responses in your style. It responds to text and photos to help you keep the conversation going.
Get creative with the photos you send by doodling on them.
No more TYPING IN ALL CAPS to get your point across. Say it louder or quieter by changing the size of your text with a quick swipe.
Say what you really mean with exclusive stickers designed by independent artists and studios from around the world.
Chat privately with end-to-end encryption. Control how long your messages stick around with expiring chats. Use private notifications to hide your chats from shoulder surfers.
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Duo, a video calling app for everyone.
Duo is a simple, fast one-to-one video calling app for everyone—whether you’re on Android or iOS, a fast or slow connection, in New York or New Delhi. Like Allo, Duo is based on your phone number, allowing you to reach anyone in your phonebook. And its simple interface fades away when you’re in a call, so it’s just the two of you.
One of the favorite features of Duo is Knock Knock, which shows you a live video preview of the caller before you pick up. Knock Knock invites you into the moment, making calls feel spontaneous and fun. Once you answer, Duo seamlessly transitions you right into the call.
The best news?
Both the apps will be available this summer on Android and iOS.
With all the new improvements and redesigns in Android N (Nougat), this is up to be a solid update for all the Android users. The only concern stays, after releasing on August 5th, how long will it take to reach Your device?
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