Google has presented the latest version of Android, 7.0 Nougat for Nexus devices. According to the analysis conducted by the Verge, Android, 7.0 Nougat offers a number of new notable user-facing features though still isn’t radically different from the last version Marshmallow.
The Nougat upgrade is available only for recent Nexus device like the Nexus 6, 6P, 5X, Pixel C, or Nexus 9 tablet. Users will need to wait a while till the devices receive the over-the-air update.
“We took a different approach to building and launching Nougat this year. For starters, we invited developers to take a sneak peek at Android N back in March, so they could bring their apps to the new platform earlier. And of course we asked you to help us come up with names for this year’s release, resulting in lots of great ideas and a delicious unveiling back in June. Android Nougat reflects input from thousands of fans and developers all over the world. There are over 250 major features in Android Nougat, but we wanted to highlight a few of the features you’ve been most excited about”, says Google.
So, let’s see what features Google has prepared for Nexus users.
First of all, Google has followed the example of Samsung, Apple, and Windows, and added split-screen support that works both on phones and tablets, which is really smart taking into account how big a lot of Android phones are nowadays.
To activate the option, you need to long-press the square “Overview” button. When the main window slides up to the top or over to the left, you will see familiar multitasking view of your open apps in the remaining space. You can change the size of each window by tapping the multitasking or home button to choose another app.
“I find that split screen is essential and useful on a tablet like the Pixel C. Thanks to Nougat, the Pixel C has gone from a device that made next to no sense to a device that makes just enough sense to consider (but really only if you’re wholly invested in the Android ecosystem). On a phone it’s a little less important than on a tablet, but nevertheless really helpful in a pinch”, Dieter Bohn from the Verge says.
Google has also enabled Nougat users to reduce the number of apps in the multitasking view and add a “clear all” button at the top of it.
Nougat now offers to immediately reply to messages right inside the notifications. Thus, getting a message, you can just drag down on the card, tap reply, and send the message without opening the app.
Google has expanded a number of new features for notifications. Now, apps can unite multiple alerts into a single notification, which can then be expanded by dragging down on it. The system is rather smart and undoubtedly convenient – users can decide either to sort the notifications quickly or to interact with them one by one, depending on the needs.
Nougat traditionally continues one of Android’s best notification features – it is no matter whether you are in the notification drawer, the lock screen, or see notifications drop down from the top of the screen, they always act exactly the same.
Google has provided Nougat with a quick settings panel at the top of the notifications. Users have buttons across the top for most-used settings toggles and can customize their order as well.
The Verge enumerates a number of new Nougat features: “There are lots more nips and tucks throughout the new Android OS. The settings app is a little more informative now — it shows key details right on the main screen. There’s a Data Saver feature for limiting what apps can do when you’re on a cellular connection. Google’s keyboard — not technically tied to Nougat — can be themed with different colors or even a photo. There are more emoji with proper support for multiple skin tones. The camera app has been cleaned up a bit — and now you can twist the phone like a screwdriver when the camera is open to quickly swap between the front and rear camera. All of these tiny changes move Android in the right direction, making it more functional without adding too much visual complexity.”
Android team informs that the Nexus 6, Nexus 5X, Nexus 6P, Nexus 9, Nexus Player, Pixel C and General Mobile 4G (Android One) will be updated to Android 7.0 Nougat within next several weeks. Any devices enrolled in the Android Beta Program will also receive this final version.