Android 7 Nougat is now rolling out to some devices. Android nougat brings new features such as multi-window support. Android nougat also brings improvements to battery life, performance.
The rollout of the final build of Android 7 Nougat has now officially started with select Nexus devices getting the latest version of Google’s Smartphone operating system.
The new update brings several additional features to Android 7, from tweaks to the interface that will change how you use your phone, to changes under the hood that will improve battery life and performance.
According to the official Android blog, there are over 250 major new features in Android 7.0 Nougat, and here are some of the highlights.
Faster, more secure
The new Direct Boot mode allows the phone to run in a secured mode when powered up but not unlocked.
Apps do not run during direct boot mode, though they can be set up to run components, such as scheduled alerts (alarm clocks) or important notifications (messages), which are run in an encrypted mode. This means that your devices can startup faster, while remaining secure even as the phone reboots.
Other security updates include file based encryption, and seamless updates, which will lead to faster software updates in the background.
Emoji and that cat – catching game
Android 7 adds 72 new or updated emoji to its repertoire, including skin tone options and genders for what were some previously gender neutral blobs.
This is great for fans of the symbols – it means Google has added the Unicode 9. Emoticons that were released in June 2016.
Easy access to Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, and the flashlight with a single swipe. Not only are all the important shortcuts now all in the notification shade, but it’s incredible you can edit to change the order of the icons.
This is something that the different OEMs have had to implement in the past, with mixed results – as default Android behaviour; it’ll help make sure that users of all devices get the same kind of experience.
You can now select multiple locales in your settings, and this can be used by apps to tailor their content. This will be useful for multilingual users – for example, your search engine results could be adapted to show results in all the languages you selected.
Direct reply to notifications
Android’s notifications also get a patch up, with a new template that makes the notifications stand out more, and offer custom views along with direct reply. This will allow you to answer a text or chat message directly from the notification pane.
Better battery life
Last year, Android got a new feature called Doze that preserves the battery while the phone is lying at rest and idle. This feature has been updated, and now can kick in even when you’re on the move.
Android 7 Nougat also brings VR mode in Android through Daydream. Current phones are not experienced to be compatible with Daydream so this will matter only to people buying new devices – but Daydream-ready phones, headsets and controllers, are all coming later this year.
Android 7 Nougat comes with a new feature called Vulkan, a cross platform API for 3D graphics. This makes better use of multi core processors for gaming and other similar applications, so expect a performance boost over time.
There are also optimizations to the way apps run in the background, which will also improve system performance by preventing needless access to the RAM.
Multi-window support will allow you to run two apps side by side, and the windows are resizable too, by dragging the divider.
We’ve seen this feature before from a number of phone makers, and your mileage may vary on how useful multi-windows are, but with phones now crossing the 6-inch mark, it makes sense to think of ways to use all that screen real estate.
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Some other Android Nougat features
- Customize the quick settings icon in the pull-down menu.
- Data saver mode prevents some apps from sending background data, saving battery life and probable data fees.
- Select different wallpapers for the home screen and lock screen.
- Change the size of icons and text.
- Work mode toggles a corporate work profile off and on.
- Android TV only: DVR capabilities and picture-in-picture.