After months of previews and beta testing, Android 7.0 Nougat is finally here. However, the big news is most of the upgrades are done with an objective to boost the performance and battery life of your smart phone.
Here are some of the noteworthy upgrades:
- Split-Screen Mode : Multitasking is now easier. Two apps can be run side by side in a split-screen mode.
- Picture-in-Picture Mode : On Android TV, you can continue to watch video while browsing or changing the settings.
- Quick Switch : Double tap the overview button to toggle between your two most recently used apps.
- Vulkan API : It’s a real game changer with high-performance 3D graphics.
- Bundled Notifications : See what’s new at a glance with bundled notifications from individual apps. Simply tap to view each alert.
- Direct Reply : Android catches up to Apple’s iOS here. Now you can either reply to a message straight from the alerts when it pops up at the top of the screen or from the bundled notifications.
- Low Power Mode on-the-Go : Your android device will now go into lower power usage mode when you’re on the move, conserving battery.
- Improved Settings Navigation : Find the right settings faster with an updated navigation menu with customizable quick settings, suggestions and ‘Clear all’ in overview.
- Emergency information : Android Nougat facilitates to add emergency information to your lock screen. Go to Settings > Users > Emergency information to add the information can be accessed in case of any emergency such as your blood type, name and address and allergies, if any. In addition to this, the above information will also be visible to anyone who happens to pick up or steal your phone.
- Emoji : It’s great news that Android 7.0 adds 72 new/updated emojis to its 1500+ strong library.
Android Nougat is undoubtedly faster and smoother, and your battery should last longer. But with the interface same as before, it falls short of being revolutionary. And it’s going to be a while till it’s available for an OTA (over-the-air) upgrade across all the android devices. Would be interesting to see how it matches up to the promising and widely released iOS10.
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