It is a well-known fact in the tech world that both Apple and Google are releasing new versions or major updates of their operating systems, namely the iOS and Android every year. In Android’s case, we are all witnesses of how those OS versions bear a name of a certain food or snack. And right now, the Android N, which became downloadable last month but available for beta testing since March is now officially known as Nougat. And if you still don’t know what kind of food nougat is, better try out your luck surfing online.
Making long introductions short, the Android 7.0 Nougat now offers major changes as well as performance updates and improvements to the previous Android OS. So to those loyal Marshmallow users, you might as well read this article.
- Startup and Home UI Look – Those who tested the OS firsthand have noticed that there are no changes in Android 7.0 Nougat’s launcher. This is somewhat an advantage for those who still want to have some of what we call ‘Marshmallow Feel’. However, we are still looking forward to launcher’s major changes, probably for the next year.
- Settings UI – It is somehow noticeable that the Settings have undergone major changes in this version. Right now, you can easily look up for the right options by typing its name on the search bar, which is located on the upper right corner of the Settings screen. In addition to that, important details are now written below every option. In that case, you can see the Wi-Fi network’s name without tapping the corresponding Wi-Fi option, as well as the fact that you can now see how much mobile data you have consumed so far. You can also use the available navigation button for your convenience.
- System Notifications – Unlike in the past Android OS versions where you have different notifications coming just from one app, these notifications are now compiled or bundled together in this version. It means that your notification area will look somewhat more organized compared than before. In addition to that, you can now reply directly to your messages via notifications even without installing a third party app.
- Google’s Split-screen Multitasking – What’s really amazing with this one is its split-screen multitasking feature. Just like what most of us do with our laptops, you can now view and pin different screens without closing or minimizing either one of those. This means you can still read your Gmail Messages while watching YouTube videos at the same time. Needless to say, this feature will be more enjoyable in tablets or smartphones with bigger screens.