The latest Technology news trending these days are Google Pixel Smartphones, Apple 7 smartphones and rolling out of new Android version Android 7.0 Nougat. The rolling out of Android 7.0 is starting with Nexus devices and eventually will be available on other smartphones. There are many refinements in the Android 7.0 Nougat version such as bundled notifications, enhanced UI, split windows, new multitasking shortcut, direct reply etc. Android 7.0 Nougat was officially released on August 22, 2016, with Nexus devices being the first to receive the update. Android 7.0 Nougat is already available for download for select devices such as the Nexus 6, Nexus 5X, Nexus 6P, Nexus 9, Nexus Player, the Google Pixel C and the Android One General Mobile 4G.
Notifications and User Interface in Android 7.0
Notifications for the same app displayed bundled together on the screen. To reply to the new messages, you don’t need to go the messaging app now, instead, you can just hit on Direct Reply displayed on the notifications and save your time. Another useful trick is pressing and holding on a notification to access the app’s settings, which makes things more convenient for disabling the app or clearing cache etc.
Android 7.0 Nougat brings instant control toggles when swiping down from the top of the screen, improving the way you can activate or deactivate frequently used features such as Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, mobile data etc.
Wide set of New Emojis in Android 7.0 Nougat
Beyond the latest and greatest emoji baked right in to Android Nougat, Google has reworked on most of the emoji included on its mobile devices. Smiley faces now have a more human look and feel to them.
Access all Apps instantly
Instant Apps may be the greatest change to app stores in ages, significantly facilitating faster access to apps. Instant Apps basically allow Android users to start using an application immediately in the Play Store, without even having to download it. With Android 7.0 Nougat, you can simply open the Google Play store page for an app and start using it instantly, so you can try it out before deciding whether to download it or not. This could be more fun for many users to checkout interesting apps available in Google Play Store .
Android Nougat will now keep track of where an app was installed from. Open Settings then Apps and tap on any listed application. Scroll to the bottom of the page, where you’ll see the source of the app’s installation. For example, if it was installed from the Play Store it will say as much. If the source is different, it will state something along the lines of “Installed from Package Installer”.
New Power Saving option – Doze on the Go
The Doze option available on Android 6.0 is taken to the next level with Android 7.0 Nougat, introducing “Doze on the Go”.
While the Doze in Marshmallow placed devices in a dormant state when not in use, Doze on the Go offers power saving features even when in motion, whenever the display is off. Another neat feature called Project Svelte, meanwhile, keeps apps from waking up when detecting changes in the device’s network connection.
Vulkan API Support
With Vulkan API support on board, Android 7.0 Nougat should substantially improve the quality of mobile gaming, virtual reality experiences and other graphics-intensive applications. Vulcan is designed to replace OpenGL and deliver a smoother, more streamlined cross-platform game development process. With this improvement, mobile games should be more power efficient, work more smoothly and look better.
Better Multitasking and Split Window
You can now double tap the recent apps button to quickly switch between your two most recently used apps. For example, say you’re in Gmail but need to look something up in Google search to include in an email, you can copy a link, then double-tap the recent apps button and your device will switch back to Gmail.
Speaking of the Recent menu, Android 7.0 Nougat also introduces a new Clear All Button to clear all the recently opened items.
There is another new feature in Android 7.0 Nougat – Multi Window or Split window, if you press the Recent button while you’re using an app, you’ll have the option to select another app to open alongside your current one. Both apps will work simultaneously in a split-screen view. This should significantly improve productivity, especially since you will be able to drag items from one app to another when both are open in split-screen view. For an example, you can open instagram app and your phone’s pictures along side in a split screen and drag images whichever you like to istagram app.
Daydream VR is the Google’s latest platform for virtual reality. Daydream VR pairs VR headsets and controllers with an Android Nougat-based UI designed to facilitate discovery and consumption of VR content. Moreover, Daydream VR will rock an impressively low 20 ms latency, which should translate to the best mobile VR experience yet.
New Google Apps – Duo & Allo
Android 7.0 Nougat finally brings a cool new messaging app – Google Allo to the Android market. Allo will allow users to make web searches and bookings quickly and easily, without having to leave a conversation. The app is also designed to offer suggestions for message replies, based on what messages and photos you’ve received.
Google Allo also sports an “Incognito Chat” mode like “Incognito Window” in Google Chrome which not only protects messages with end-to-end encryption, but also allows users to set timers for when they want chat messages to expire.
You can also use Google Assistant with Allo. If you connect your Google Account to Allo, your Google Assistant can give you more personalized information, like your agenda or photos. Google Assistant helps you with a variety of tasks and info such as search for nearby events & local restaurants, look up your agenda, get the latest news or sports updates, translate phrases in over 100 languages and many more.
Another new communication app is – Google Duo, new video calling app, aiming to make video calling easier than ever. At the same time, Duo also doubles down on security, ensuring end-to-end encryption for all calls. Google Duo quickly soared to the top of the Play Store, ranking as the top free app.
Android 7.0 Nougat will minimize disruptions by introducing seamless updates, borrowing a page from the Chrome OS playbook. Simply put, the system will discretely download the OTA(over-the-air) update in the background when connected to Wi-Fi, and install them as separate system images on the device storage. This means that one can continue using an app even while it’s updating in the background, as Nougat allows two system images to run at the same time. The latest system image will automatically boot up upon restarting the device.
When we hear about the new exciting features of an Android, we cannot wait for a long time to feel the features. I am sure that few new features have excited you. Let us wait until we receive updates from different vendors. There are many more cool features and tricks of Android 7.0 Nougat. I have explained as much as I can. Now, you experience the good change in your smartphone.