And you thought ‘N’ stands for Nutella? Well, so did we. While everyone expected the next Android version to be a sweet chocolaty treat, Google picked ‘Nougat’ as the name for its upcoming Android version.
Now, if you are a Nutella lover just like me, you would probably be disappointed. But, Hey! That’s ok. Google, at this year’s I/O event, talked extensively about its plans for Android in the future. So, we probably have a good reason to cheer.
While the final version is not yet out, the Developer Previews give us a definite taste of what we can expect out of Android Nougat. Let’s have a look at some of the features we might see in the upcoming Android 7.0.
The new Android seems to have undergone a slight enhancement in the UI section, which can be noticed in the new notifications menu. Swipe down from the top of the home screen to get access to instant control toggles. The text in the notifications consists of smaller fonts. All the notifications from a single app will be stacked. As a result, your notification menu will look less cluttered.
This is one of the features you have probably been waiting for! You will now be able to watch a video in a tiny window at the corner of the screen, while you are working simultaneously on another application. If you have been using the YouTube app to watch videos, you may find this feature quite familiar.
You can now browse through 2 different windows at the same time. While you are working on an app, press the ‘Recent Button’, which will let you open a second app. The apps will be displayed in a split-screen.
Here is good news for gamers and VR enthusiasts. The Android Nougat will adopt the Vulkan API, a cross-browser 3G graphics API which will significantly improve the quality of videos and high-end games on your phone. Vulkan will make cross-platform game development a lot easier.
Android Nougat will come bundled with a bunch of brand new apps, one of which is ‘Allo’, a messaging app that can also conduct searches and help you make bookings from within your conversations. Interestingly, the app is also capable of suggesting you the most appropriate replies to messages based on its understanding of the content of the message.
Another addition to the app line-up is ‘Duo’, a video calling app that gives you previews of callers before you even pick up the call. The app claims to make video-calling simple and fun.
The upcoming version of Android will run smoothly even on less-powerful hardware. Thanks to the improvements made in the core components of the operating system. Moreover, app developers will also be able to reduce drastically the power their apps typically consume. What’s more interesting is the fact that the app will install 75% faster and will occupy less space.
Automatic app updates can seem a bit disruptive particularly when you are using an app, and the same is being updated in the background. The new ‘seamless updates’ will let you use the app even while it gets updated.
All of these features are sure to make your life easy. But, when can we expect the new Android to release? We may most likely find the OS on some of the devices by Q3, which means somewhere around September. So, you’ll probably have to wait for a while.