Android 7.0 Nougat

By Mithilesh Pandit
30th October, 2015

After being revealed as "Android N" in March, and officially receiving the title of Nougat in June, Google's Android 7.0 is officially beginning to roll out to users following a lengthy beta period. Apart from bundling a whole bunch of new content for Android including all the new emoji from the Unicode standard support for 100 new languages and multilingual options, new accessibility features and a simplified Android for Work toggle Nougat changes the way Android works in several fundamental ways.. what we can expect from the new operating system:

Notification overhaul

cascade in thick cards down our screen is fast becoming unfit for purpose Nougat tackles this in a number of ways Multiple notifications from the same app are now bundled onto a single card in a new design that lets you see much more information than before while taking up a smaller space on your screen. Tapping a bundle expands With more and more apps sending us more and more notifications, the system of having them it to show all individual notifications from messaging apps now let you reply directly from the notification shade, without having to open the app at all Pressing and holding any notification will open a settings menu that lets you tweak the behaviour of notifications from that app. Getting spammed by a new game that wants you to be constantly collecting more gems? Now you can silence it directly from the notification. Nougat features the ability to run any two apps side-by-side .This could be handy for reading an article online while working or keeping a text conversation going, for example. The other change to app-switching is a subtle but very handy one. By double tapping the overview button you can switch straight to the most recent app you were using, without having to open the menu. If you want to cycle through three or more apps, you just keep tapping the button after the initial double-tap. If you're jumping back and forth between the same few apps all the time, it could be a great time-saver

Google appears to have been taking notice of what Samsung, Sony and others have been doing with its software, and has made some changes to the standard Android interface that users of non-Nexus phones may recognize. For example, Nougat allows you to enter emergency information like your allergies and blood type, which can be accessed from the lock screen in the event of an emergency . You can also now have a different wallpaper on your lock screen and home screen, something basically all non-Nexus Android phones let you do. The quick settings bar has also seen an overhaul inspired by others, with the ability to drag and drop your quick settings into whatever arrangement you want. You can also get access to your most used quick notifications directly from the top of the notifications shade, without having to pull the drawer all the way down. Finally, the 'clear all' option has been reinstated in the app overview menu. Google has previously discouraged users from closing apps from overview, saying that closing and opening apps all the time will use more power than leaving your apps suspended, but other manufacturers have persisted in adding a "close all" option to their Android versions. There have also been some changes to restrict your phone's performance, which can be handy too. Marshmallow introduced the Doze feature, which would secretly put your phone to sleep if the screen was off and it had been lying still for a certain amount of time. The feature can now apparently tell if the phone is put away in your pocket or purse, letting it snooze and save battery even while you're on the move. Elsewhere a new "data saver" mode makes sure no apps in the background can use any of your mobile data, only apps you're actively using.

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