What’s New In Android N : A Quick Review 2016

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Google is yet to officially release the next version of its Android mobile operating system but they have given it a temporary name – Android N. however, it is making beta versions of the OS available for testing before the full release. This release follows the footsteps of Android 6.0 Marshmallow with more focus on an improved user experience. It also adds new elements, has split screen views and updated notifications. Generally, the OS feels smoother than ever and assures Android users that the future is bright with Android.

Android 7.0 “N” is only available as a developer preview, but the final release is scheduled for the third quarter of 2016. At the moment, anyone can obtain the necessary files from the android developer site and even register your device for a program that sends out beta releases.

What’s New? Android N Review

  1. Side By Side Multitasking

android N multi tasking

Google certainly listened when android users criticized them for not incorporating the spilt screen feature in android 6.0 that came with Apple’s iOS 9. This feature allows you to place two running applications next to each other on the tablet’s screen. it is relatively intuitive. With an application running on the screen, press and hold the Recent Apps button to push the first app to one side while bringing up a list of apps the tablet has recently run. Form here, you can pick the second app you want running on your screen.

The ability to display 2 applications at the same time is a welcome improvement on the Android N and will make tablets runs noticeably better for a whole range of users, from consumers to businesspeople.

  1. Direct Reply Notifications

Android N quick notification

In Google Android 6.0, the notifications appeared as stacks of light colored rectangles which you can activate with a tap or dismiss with a swipe. With N, the notifications fill he entire width of the screen. What’s more, the notifications are more functional than ever. Some even allow you to respond without having the exit the app your device is currently running. Some users, however, find the notifications too information-dense, almost to the point of being a distraction.

  1. Display Size

Android-N display size

This is a newly-added feature that those who use smaller devices will appreciate. Display size is a system-wide setting that allows the user to increase of decrease the size of objects in the screen. This includes icons as well as text. However, fewer items will appear on the screen when you choose to use this feature to increase their sizes.

  1. Data Saver

android N data saver

Google used to have an all-or-nothing approach to the App’s data consumption problem; you could either lets the apps hog all the data, or switch mobile data off completely and hope you won’t miss an important notification. Data saver on Android N allows you to throttle precisely the right amount of data you want to allocate each app, either temporarily or permanently.

Flipping the switch next to an App blocks background data. On the other hand, you can limit the amount of data the App can access to a certain degree when running it in the foreground. Or example, you can throttle a data hungry app like Facebook while white listing Spotify to ensure that you get the music in Crystal clear quality.

Tweaks Inside Android N

Google is making subtle changes to the look and feel of this OS with some only appearing after the release of subsequent beta versions. For instance, the appearance of application folders on the Homescreen was changed in the second developer release so they are now circular. Developers expect more changes as the date for the final release draws nearer.

What’s Next?

There is still a lot we don’t know about Android N, not the least of which is what N represents: Nutter Butter? Nutella? Neco Waffers? So far, it looks like a modest update, but one that might signal a shift in Google away from releasing huge Android updates. The OS feels more polished than Google’s earlier releases. It is quite remarkable for an OS to feel so stable this early in its life cycle. It certainly hints at a near-future where we will be relying on mobile devices in much the same way we rely on desktops and laptops today.

 

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