The Android 7.0 Nougat is out, and it is a just fantastic. It may not feature the same spectacular visual overhaul found in the current versions, but it comes with numerous significant improvements over the Marshmallow and many new usability changes. Anyone who saw the N version developer previews will notice many familiar features in it. The builds are quite comparable to those of the N developer preview 5.

Here are some of the major features, changes, and improvements in this new operating system.

Nougat’s Multitasking

The new Android Nougat enables multi-tasking as well as split-screen functionality. Those are arguably the major ticket details in the latest Nougat, and they will highly draw the most recognition from Android fans. They are also the features that will likely trigger the most confusion to users. This is because even with Google’s implementation of the multi-window mode together with other multitasking functionalities in Nougat, they are a quite complicated and likely to leave some people behind.

Quick Switching Of Apps

Android Apps

Quick switching is the ability to shuffle between two recently used applications and works system-wide. That means you can fast turn whenever you are in a full-screen application, and you may also run it in another window in split-screen mode. You do that by simply double-tapping the Overview app button. This allows you to switch between two recent apps in a secondary window. Similarly, the same gesture enables you to flip between full-screen applications when not using a split-screen. In essence, the quick-switching action means that you can be able to triple-task in multi-window mode.

Working With The Split-Screen

When typing, the multi-window mode is exceptionally efficient with its keyboard. In case you have two equally-spaced windows, and you want to type in one, both screens will resize automatically to include the keyboard and later switch back when you stop using the keyboard. You can also easily drag and drop your texts between two windows, although it might not work with all types of apps. Exiting the split-screen mode here is quite intuitive too. You just drag the divider up to go full-screen with the app at the bottom or just drag down for the application on the top. You can as well long-press the overview app button and your main app will go full-screen.

Advancement

Not every feature in Nougat version is so convoluted. Some features are just plain, simple as well as intuitive. From new feature inclusions to tweaks on the Marshmallow staples, Nougat performs a lot of functions much better than its predecessors.

Notifications Are Bundled, Redesigned, And Fast To Reply

The notifications section in Nougat has gotten a slight makeover where it has done away with the Google’s Now-esque cards hence going extremely low and complete-width. In fact, you will now get more details and minimal wasted space, which is just what you need for a notification. Similarly, bundled notifications together with Quick Reply are very prominent on top of being useful, and it is surprising they have not appeared in the stock Android up to now.

There are three types of views to the Nougat notifications. They include, the highly-compact lock screen view, the more information notifications view and the extended view featuring “quick actions“. You can access this feature by swiping down a notification or through tapping its upper part. “Quick actions” are seen as Nougat’s best functions.

Customizable Quick Settings

Quick Settings in Android Nougat has also been adequately updated. You will now have a list of about five toggles on the top of every notification window. You can also edit the arrangement of that list to ensure that only the most essential shortcuts are present. The tiny pointer found on the extreme right will lead you to the main settings page which you can as well access with the usual two-finger swipes down gesture over the upper part of the screen.

You can also have many pages of tiles in this Android version. Some of them switch the settings on or off instantly just like the flashlight. Other tiles, such as Wi-Fi or Bluetooth are now be tapped to get a mini-menu in the new quick settings page. Turning off Bluetooth or Wi-Fi must now be executed from the mini-menu. That is despite after the uproar triggered by removing the tap-to-toggle feature in the previews of the developer. Fortunately, however, you can access Wi-Fi and Bluetooth via the Quick Settings toggles on the top of notifications shade. When you long-press a tile, it will lead you to its main Settings menu.

You can as well tap the Edit key at the base of the main Quick Settings list to reorganize the tiles or even replace them with other. The Optional Extras page is quite minimal since it only features Cast, Data Saver, Hotspot and Invert colors. However, developers can now make tailored Quick Settings themes for their apps.

Multi-language Support, App And Emoji Links

The Nougat version now lets you create multiple locales and a primary as well as the secondary language and switch effortlessly between them. That is, of course, a big deal for any bi-lingual Android users or a frequent traveler. You will also have total control over the amount of information that will be displayed on your screen by using the DPI changer included in the new display settings. Furthermore, you can slide from the left to add more stuff on your screen or to the right hand to zoom. This is a simple and excellent feature that previously required you to edit the device’s prop file. It will come in extra-handy in big-screen phones or tablets.

It Is Speedy

Android Nougat 7.0 is not just about making features better, and more sophisticated as much effort has been made to speed it up. That is a much greater project since you can now see Google-wide in Chrome optimization, Accelerated Mobile Pages, Google Fiber together with the Wing Drone submission project.

New Settings Menu

The Settings page in the Android 7.0 Nougat has also been reconfigured, with one of the notable changes being the inclusion of the hamburger menu that is found on the left. It also has high-order information under every Settings section. The first among these inclusions will be quite familiar since they will be using the same mechanism used to access Google Now or the navigation in most Google apps.

Data Saver

The Data Saver is obviously not rocket science because it puts the tools at hand rather than in the app developers’. It principally lets you deny the internet from running background applications when you are connected to mobile data. You will also get a great reminder on the top of Settings menu when the Data Saver is powered on to remind you that it is active.

Enabling Data Saver, which is accessible as a Quick Settings’ toggle and through the Data section in Settings will limit any background syncing when you connect to Wi-Fi. However, you can select any application you intend to get unrestricted network access such as email, Facebook or WhatsApp even when the Data Saver is on.

Seamless Updates

Concerning updates, the Android 7.0 is introducing the idea of seamless upgrades. This means that Android updates will now be easily downloaded from the background and automatically stored on a separate system partition. It is the same concept of upgrading that Chromebooks apply. Once new updates have been downloaded, the operating system will switch partitions the next instance you reboot your phone. Ultimately, you will instantly receive the latest Android updates without going through the conventional download-reboot-install process.

Camera Shortcuts

Samsung Smartphone Camera

The update of the Google Camera which is featured in Nougat on the Nexus devices adds a new rotate gesture to switch the back and front cameras. It only functions when the camera application is already open, and may not launch the camera on particular devices. Fortunately, the incredible power button returns. Therefore, all you require to launch your mobile phone camera instantly is to double-press the power button. Additionally, you also need to enable the feature in the Display settings first.

Recent Apps Changes

The recent application menu, app overview together with multitasking menu has also been somewhat changed in Android 7.0. Nougat Cards have been made larger, and they are fewer than usual. That means the endless list we saw in Marshmallow is now trimmed to something pretty and more realistic. The system can now get rid of long-unused applications from any list. A Clear-All button has been included at the beginning of your card menu. Therefore, you can now clean up clutter and direct Nougat to close any related app activities. If you utilize it frequently, it will make switching from your most apps a quite easier-to-navigate process.

It Is Safe And Secure

Smartphone Security

No Android update is complete without data security improvements. The Android 7.0 has so much more going on. That is from reinforcing the media stack to deny future Stage-fright-style, media library privilege, some few safety-minded features, and security advancements.

Direct Boot Feature

The Direct Boot feature in this operating system aims at taking center stage between booting and decrypting your mobile device as well as making it more useful. If your device randomly reboots without your knowledge and you, therefore, miss an alarm or other important notifications. Nougat will now reboot all through to the main Lock Screen before asking for a PIN or an unlock pattern to decrypt. That allows you to select information to be sent to an encrypted mobile device.

File-Based Encryption

These topics may be getting less enjoyable as we progress, but they are worth noting. Encryption is quite a big addition. If the San Bernardino iPhone issue did not inform you, Google wants to ensure that Android Nougat does that. Suffice it to note that Android 7.0 Nougat moves to a file-encryption basis instead of the usual Marshmallow’s full-disk encryption system. There is currently a distinction between the device encrypted content such as generic system information and file-encrypted folders like applications and user information. What that means is that your private stuff is more protected while the boring system stuff is made more useful.

Number Barring And Call Screening

Android 7.0 has an advanced number barring and call screening feature that presents users with total control over any unwanted caller or unknown numbers. The carrier integration means that the contacts you have barred through your dialer may as well be barred through all mediums, including the VOIP as well as call forwarding. The number blocking feature can also ban texts and allow other applications to use the list of blocked numbers for more system blocking function.

Managing Application Folder Access

Additionally, this Android version adds fine-grained management over what folders are installed. Now, you may limit applications’ access to some files on your mobile device the same manner you can control their permissions. The “Scoped directory access” allows application developers to ask specifically for access to particular folders instead of all of them, which is another win-win.

Emergency Information

The Android 7.0 can add some essential emergency information on the new Lock Screen. To do this, you will need to go to Settings > Users > Emergency information and put the kind of data you would want the first responders to know. You can include details such as your name, blood type, address, allergies among others. However, you must remember those details will be visible to everyone who may collects or steals your phone.

Adequate Backups And Advanced Accessibility Settings

With Android Nougat, even the simplest tasks like application backups are improved, meaning that they now need application permissions, network usage settings, restrictions settings and accessibility settings. User’s convenience on this operating system has been advanced, and the settings are now available in the device setup. That is an obvious addition for anyone requiring those features. This OS also features variable text-to-speech speed, DPI slider used for resizing your screen content together with the mono output for people with loss of single-ear hearing.

Release Date

Android 7.0 Nougat is currently the newest version of the Android operating system for mobile devices which was launched on March 9, 2016. It is clearly an advancement of the predecessors which is giving Android fans a reason to smile.

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