This is surely a surprising announcement coming from Google, generally, it’s a tradition for Google to introduce the next big Android version at the Google I/O event in may and on the same it will make the developers preview live for users to test it out before it officially rolls out. But this time around Google has tried something new, it has introduced the developers preview ahead of the I/O which is scheduled on May 18th. The Android N-The next major Android version developers preview images is available for latest Nexus 6P, 5X, 6, Nexus Player, Nexus 9 tablet with a bunch of new features and improvements over the Android 6.0 marshmallow. With a gap of almost over two months for I/O Google plans to take feedback from the beta testers and work on the final version for the big day-May 18th, 2016 and hand it over to the OEM’s during the Summer-Q3. This is an exciting fast phase moment from Google, which not only gives us a peek at the next big Android release but allows Google to push a bugless OS sooner. Let’s quickly walk you through some of the new interesting features and new additions in
With a gap of almost over two months for I/O Google plans to take feedback from the beta testers and work on the final version for the big day-May 18th, 2016 and hand it over to the OEM’s during the Summer-Q3. This is an exciting fast phase moment from Google, which not only gives us a peek at the next big Android release but allows Google to push a bugless OS sooner. Let’s quickly walk you through some of the new interesting features and new additions in Android N-Nutella?
Google Android N New Features:
Multi Window: Android N by default now supports Multi Window feature, you runs two apps side by side or split screen mode depending on your liking. You can drag the line between to increase the width of the apps by decreasing the other one. To Access the Multi Window feature, just tap the recent menu button and slide between the apps you want to use in Multi-window. Subtle and neat addition.
Instant Reply Notifications: The one feature which we always wanted to see in Android OS, the new API’s in Android N will allow users to reply instantly or respond back to the notifications that are visible and accessible. Users no longer have to visit the app to answer the notifications and the new API bundles notifications from similar app under single notification, you can either respond to the notifications or dismiss them individually. Bundling multiple notifications from a single app is something we find interesting and beautiful touch.
Improved Quick Settings Panel: With Android N, Google has introduced improved quick settings API that lets users quickly swiping from left or right to access more quick settings in the second page. Users have full access as to where the quick toggles appear, you can also re-arrange them according to your liking by dragging and dropping. Apart from that the first thing you will notice on swiping down the notification bar, you have access to top five quick toggles above your notifications area, cutting down the addition second swipe to access them. You can arrange your top 5 quick toggles.
Data Saver: The newly introduced Data saver will be enabled device wide to use lesser data. When you enable the data saver option from the system settings the device will restrict the usage of data in the background and also guides current running apps to use fewer data when it is possible. Now if you don’t want the system to restrict apps, you can always white list the apps you want from data saver. This is also a welcome addition in the Android N.
Number Blocking: Android N by default introduced one of the much-needed feature-Number blocking. With Android N you can make a list of numbers that has to be blocked, the default SMS and phone app will learn the list of blocked numbers and avoid them. This blocking list will accessible to multiple other apps and also the service provider can learn about the list and do a service-level block for the user. This, in turn, blocks all the unwanted calls and SMS.
Call Screening: With Android N, the default phone app can screen the incoming calls, the information about this feature is limited for now, but we will update it soon.
TV Recording: Android N allows you to record and play the content from Android TV input with its new recording API. Users have the privilege to schedule the recording in advance or start the recording as they sit down to watch the program.
Direct Boot: Direct boot feature will improve the device start-up time and limits the functionality of registered apps even after an unexpected boot.
Improved Doze: Doze was the feature that was introduced with Android 6.0 Marshmallow and with Android N the function gets improved and is now called as Doze on the Go. The feature will keep the device in deep sleep if it’s left unused or unplugged for quite some time thus saving some battery and standby battery drain.
Project Svelte: This is a new project that will début with Android N, it is a new functionality that will optimize the background running apps minimizing the Ram use by the system and apps across a range of Android devices.
How to do I get to try Android N: Users those who own a Google Nexus 6P, 5X, Nexus 9, Nexus 6m Nexus Player can visit the Developers preview page and can download the image files and install and try it. Google has also introduced the beta testers program that lets you sign up for the testing program. You will receive your Android N and other OTA updates. SO is it Nutella? What do you guys think?