The Android Nougat is the predecessor of the Android Marshmallow. This new version of the android OS preview and announcement was released on 18th of July 2016. This OS is expected to release soon officially for the google devices and other devices later on.
Android Nougat Release
It was announced that Android Nougat will be released in the 3rd quarter of 2016 and as they said it is more likely to be released in August this year. The final developer version was released for testing purposes on July 18th 2016.
The Nexus devices 6P and 5X will be the first devices to get the update before other manufacturers roll out their update to their customers. There are few speculations that the new Nexus 2016 manufactured by HTC will be rolled out with Android N installed.
After the Nexus Device owners, the Samsung users are most likely to get the update according to the rumours. Xiomi users are said to get the update in first quarter of 2016.
Android N Features:
- Multi-Window: Android Nougat introduced new split screen feature which helps in using two different apps simultaneously. In developers version this feature was working seamlessly allowing to the users to keep an eye on two different apps. Here is how to enable split screen in android N > Recent Menu > Select second app.
- Doze mode: The data saver mode now reduces the battery consumption by not just restricting the background apps but even reduces the in app functions like decreasing the quality of video of any media.
- Automatic Updates: Nougat introduced new system enabling automatic updates of the OS. The updates are first installed to a offline partition in the system and the next time the device is booted the update is installed on the system. This feature allows users to use the phone even when updates are being installed.
- Google Camera: The new google camera allows user to customize the volume buttons action either to Shutter or Zoom or Volume.
- Notification Bar: The Sheet design for notifications was redesigned with few quick settings options on the top. The inline replies for notification is now enabled even in the Android which was very popular in iOS. Users can now reply to any notification without opening the app.
- Security: After the Stagefright bugs which were fixed in 2015, Android has improved its security in 7.0. All the processes were redesigned to decrease the possibility of any such vulnerability occurring.
- Picture in Picture: This feature allows the user to watch some video pinned at any corner of the screen much like the youtube app.
- Google Keyboard Themes: New themes were added to the default Google Keyboard, you can even add custom image to the background of the keyboard.
- Emergency Info on Lock Screen: Much like medical id in iPhone, Android now allows users to add medical emergency info on the lock screen. This is one of the best features as it comes handy in emergency cases.
- Vulkan API: Android has replaced OpenGL with Vulkan API support to improve the gaming experience. This will improve the quality of Gaming, Graphically Demanding applications and VR. This will also decrease the power consumption.
- Daydream VR: After Google Cardboard, Google announced their new VR device named Daydream VR which will enhance your experience with VR headset. Daydream is going to be released after the official release of the Android N and will be compatible with the next Nexus Devices but you can expect the new devices manufacturing to be compatible with Daydream VR.
- VR mode: VR mode has been added to the Display settings which will allow users to set changes when the mobile is in VR mode. For example, you can set the mobile to “use low motion blur settings” when the device is set to be in VR mode.
- Recent Apps: The recent apps will be now limited to only 7 applications. This will help in decreasing the battery consumption and memory management.
- Lock Screen Replies: Now you can reply to notifications right from your lock screen much like the option you have in iOS.
Android N Features we are going to miss:
- 3D Touch Support: If you were waiting for the all new 3D support, then here is the bad news for you. The 3d touch support which was included in the developer version is now doubtful to make it in the official release of the Android N.
- Recent Emoji: The recent emoji option is now removed from the keybord by default. But you can enable it by changing the keyboard settings.
- Dark Theme: We have seen the Android Dark Theme in Android M developer preview but we have missed out this feature again in Android N. But you still have night mode which does similar work.
- Clicking pictures in Video: In the first and second developer versions there was an option to click a picture when recording a video but this feature missed out in the third version of the developer preview.
- Freeform Window Mode: With this feature you will be able to launch multiple at once with extra features like setting the size of the window and move them around the screen. You can drag and drop text from one window to another.