Android is the most used and preferred mobile operating system in the world; hence, Google has to make its customers happy.
The newest Android operating system, Android 7.0 Nougat, first rolled out in late-2016.
Here’s what you need to know about Google’s newest operating system.
- Multi-window view. On screen multitasking is finally introduced to Android. This was initially only on devices like the Samsung Note series and Samsung S2 where you could use two apps on one screen at the same time. On this Android version, you can switch between apps with a double tap and run two apps side by side. Drag and drop capabilities also available among the apps that are currently sharing the screen. In multi-window mode, only the activity the user has most recently interacted with is active at a given time.All other activities are in the paused state, even if they are visible. However, the system gives these paused-but-visible activities higher priority than activities that are not visible. If the user interacts with one of the paused activities, that activity is resumed, and the previously topmost activity is paused.
- Notifications. In Android 7.0, most notifications are now expandable. For example, next to a Gmail notification you’ll see a tiny drop-down arrow that when tapped you’ll see all the email headlines you’ve missed since you last checked your inbox. You can also reply to certain messages directly from the notification drop-down without opening the app at all.
- Custom quick settings. When you scrolling down the notifications screen to view your latest notifications, the first five toggles appear in micro-size icon form at the top of the display providing super-quick access to functionality such as Do Not Disturb, Bluetooth and even the battery monitor.When you tap the battery icon, the full battery widget pops up showing the usage graph and how long the charge is expected to last.
- Smarter battery. The Doze feature which was introduced in Marshmallow 6.0 has been improved. Doze is meant to kick in even if the phone is in your pocket. It restricts background data calls to managed intervals which should reduce power consumption hence longer battery life. However, you may see a more marked effect using the Data Saver function.
- Security. Android has always been built with powerful layers of security and encryption to keep private data private. New features added like seamless updates. You won’t have to wait while your device syncs with the latest security tools since upon selecting new devices software updates will download in the background. By encrypting at the file level, Android can better isolate and protect files for individual users on your device.
- Direct boot. Starting your device will be faster because apps rum securely even before entering your password.
- New emojis. There are over 1500 emojis, including 72 new ones. There are a number of different male and female professions, which may add a little spark next time you want to tell someone what it is you do for a living. Examples include artists, astronaut, judge, firefighter, scientist, student and technologist.