Here’s a look at some of the features that users can expect from Android N when it officially launches in the late summer.

Google Assistant



This is a significantly upgraded version of Google Now. You can ask a question for an answer, and follow up with multiple questions, with Google picking the conversation out and returning the right answer. This is a big leap for Google in the AI department, and is certainly going to be challenging for Siri and Cortana. 

Multiwindow


Android N adds support for displaying more than one app at the same time. On handheld devices, two apps can run side-by-side or one-above-the-other in split-screen mode. On TV devices, apps can use picture-in-picture mode to continue video playback while users are interacting with another app.

Instant Apps


Android Instant Apps enables Android apps to run instantly, without requiring installation. Instant Apps lets you experience what you love about apps, a fast and beautiful user interfaces, high performance, and great capabilities, with just a tap.

Bundles of notifications



An App might pop a lot of notification alerts, and that is really annoying. In Android N, Google solves this problem by this feature. Developers will be able to group together notifications from their app. You’ll see a bundle of notifications from each app in the menu, and you’ll just tap the bundle to expand it and see each individual alert.

Reply in a notification



Google now lets you reply to text messages from the notification shade. When you get a new message, a little alert will pop up at the top of the screen and you can type your reply right there and go back to what you were doing. This quick and basic feature is a great Add-On from Google!

Night Mode

Like a lightswitch, you can flick Night mode on or off

Night mode is back and (we hope) it’s here to stay. 

  • Use Dark theme for Android OS: This changes the Settings app, the built-in file manager, and system popups (like the power off menu) to a darker color scheme. It doesn’t extend to the notifications or the Google apps yet, which is a bit of a downer, but there’s still time for that to be added in another preview.
  • Adjust tint: This will add a warm hue to the screen. Some studies say that bluer hues can interfere with our sleep cycles, so many night mode apps use a red or yellow tone to counteract it.
  • Adjust brightness: This will dim the phone at night. If you use adaptive brightness, you may not notice much change. If you keep your brightness cranked up, this can tone it down at night when you’re likely in a dimmer environment

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Doze on the Go

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The new version of Doze goes into effect after your screen has been off for a certain period of time, regardless of whether or not it’s stationary. Some additional tweaks and improvements through Project Svelte mean that the feature will work efficiently across more devices than before as well, regardless of what apps are installed.

Android.. Nougat.. Nutella.. Or may be Neyyappam?!


After Google announced that it would be seeking suggestions for naming the next version of Android, Twitterati have been soliciting votes for ‘neyyappam’, a traditional delicacy from Kerala made of rice flour, jaggery, coconut and ghee. Well, we have to wait for the official statement to know about where this’ll land. 

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