Android 7.0 Nougat Update
As you’ve probably already heard Android 7.0 Nougat is officially out its public and available. I’ve been using the public beta on my Nexus 6P for a little while like the past couple of weeks. I’ve liked it a lot.
Android7.0 for the past couple weeks the biggest change for daily use for me has been the notifications for sure, the grouping the more info, the quick replies, the quick settings all of that stuff, particularly the way notifications are organized has had the biggest impact. They’re all grouped together now, which means if you get multiple notifications from the same app. They all bundled together and then you can separate them out when you want to take action on them.
So like Gmail uses this really well and the messaging apps while do the same thing. No matter how many emails you get you can interact with them one by one in the notifications you can reply to one at a time, you can delete one at a time, read them one by one. It’s like a whole new app up there and then the quick settings up top are easy to get used and also they’re really convenient , quick to get to and you can choose exactly which controls show up here in the quick settings too. So if you use the flashlight a lot you can put it up there on the top or if you switch to night mode a lot you can move that up to all of this is customizable which is really nice.
Now the second big change that I noticed in everyday use is definitely the double tapping multitasking window which I used it a lot. It’s one of those things where you start to love it and then you really miss it on other phones. It just saves a lot of time and it’s convenient and it just works. So that’s good to split screen multitasking is another big addition you hold the multitasking button pick another app and you get in but I don’t really use this that much. So it’s been built into so many other phones that I guess it made sense to build in the stock Android too so now bigger phones can feel. You can have multiple apps open at the same time in portrait or landscape but I didn’t really use this much in the Elegy or Samsung phones that did this before. Now I also didn’t use it much with the Nexus. But if you’re a person who uses it a lot in those other phones they will be happy to see it here.
One of the biggest behind the scenes changes in Android 7.0 is in the battery life department. So you know how tablets have some parts of the day where they’re being used a lot heavily for like all types of media but then other parts of the day when they’re really not being used that much and they’re just on a shelf somewhere when they’re not being used much they go into this low power state and that’s called Doe’s. Now Android 7.0 brings what they’re calling Doe’s on the go which should let your phone go into this low power state when it’s not being used. So times like when it’s sitting on a couch or in your pocket or something and it knows it’s not being woken up then, in theory, it’ll save battery the same way a tablet does I personally haven’t noticed a huge boost in battery on my Nexus 6P from when I was using marshmallow. But again that was just a public beta so we’ll keep testing that and hopefully, it does get better.
There’s a bunch of other smaller things that really bring together Android 7.0 as a complete update. There’s a bunch of new updated a Emoji’s that all look slightly more human-like there is a virtual reality support built in for when we start seeing more daydream compatible hardware and the bit compiler and the Vulcan API for gaming performance for the apps that will support it. The update process is better.
But times are faster you can now log in with a facial recognition by adding a trusted face which is interesting and you can also now mess around with the DPI settings with a setting called display size to make this appear larger or appear smaller throughout the whole UI. There are even now keyboard themes where you can use an existing one that’s built in with new color schemes from light to dark colors or you can even make your own out of an image. So if your Nexus user you can grab this update right now you can join the public beta and download Android 7.0 today.
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