A Deep Dive into the Yet-To-Be-Released Android N

by May 27, 2016
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If you are reading this article, you are probably one of those who eagerly await the release of the highly talked-about Android N. Nothing is yet known about the actual release date of the final version, but it surely packs in some great surprises for you, good enough to get you excited.

The pre-release version of Android N was made available to developers way back in March. Since then the version has undergone several updates, making way for some brand new features. In case you wish to try out the beta version, you can get it here. However, keep in mind that this version isn’t completely stable. Also, some features currently available may not be present in the core version.

By the way, Google hasn’t yet decided on the name and the version number of its upcoming Android release. So, if you thought ‘Nutella’ would be the final pick, you’ll probably have to wait for a while.

Alright! That’s enough of talking. Now let’s talk about the features.

Split-screen ability

Split screen android n

The upcoming Android N may ship in with the new multi-window feature that allows you to view 2 different apps at a time, one on the left and the other on the right, just as shown in the image above.

You may have seen this feature in several Android devices before, but it wasn’t one of the prime features that shipped with Android. However, the split-screen ability will now be a part of the core Android release and therefore will be available by default on all devices running Android N. As a result, you will soon be able to watch a video, while you are drafting an email.

Easy App Switching

This feature allows you to instantly hop back-and-forth between 2 different applications. It may take a while for you to get a hang of it, but once you do, switching between apps would seem like a breeze.

A Better Overview

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If you use a 3G or a 4G connection, you are mostly concerned about the data usage. The new data-saving feature comes in as a lifesaver. The mode will control the amount of data being used by blocking the data used by the apps in the background or by informing the apps to use a limited amount of data.

Background optimization

Android N will be able to minimize the RAM usage by optimizing the processing happening in the background, thereby making things a lot faster. Interestingly, the new Android version will also let you schedule background processes based on the changes made by the content providers.

Quick Setting

android n quick settings

This setting presently allows you to access the settings menu directly from the notification panel. In Android N, the feature is expected to make things even more convenient. More room has been made available for the Quick Settings tiles. Most importantly, you now get to decide on which Quick Setting Tiles should appear and which ones shouldn’t. A simple drag-and-drop lets you add or move the tiles around.

Number Blocking

Finally, one of the most awaited features arrives. The new version of Android will support number-blocking. Numbers blocked on calls will also be blocked on text messages. The blocked number list will remain unaffected even after the device has been reset or backed-up. The same blocked numbers list will be used across multiple apps.

Doze Mode

doze mode

Android N may include a ‘Doze on the Go’ mode meant to save battery life. The phone shuts down all its unnecessary processes, as soon as it realises that no activity has been performed on it for a long period. Earlier, the doze mode worked only when your phone was stationary and no movement was sensed. However, now the mode will function even when your phone is in motion.

Call Screening

The Android N will be able to screen incoming calls. The feature allows the phone to carry out specific actions such as rejecting the incoming call, not adding the call to the call log and preventing from getting a notification for the call.

Android TV Recording

The user will be allowed to record and playback Android TV content. He / She will be able to pause or resume a channel playback and save recorded sessions. The recordings can be scheduled in advance or can be started while the program is being watched.

Improved Notifications

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Each time when a new Android version is released, the notifications feature surely witnesses a serious overhauling, and this time isn’t an exception. Multiple alerts from a single app will now be grouped together into a single card. Simply, expand the card to view them all.

Interestingly, you will also be able to reply to notifications from the notification panel itself. Of course, a few apps did offer this ability in the past, but Android now makes it even more convenient.

Virtual Reality Mode

The Android N will include a VR Mode which will work in sync with the phone connected VR headsets. However, the mode will only be compatible with devices that meet the set hardware specification. For now, the Nexus 6P is the only smartphone around that’s tagged as ‘VR ready’.

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Note that this is not the complete or the final list of features that will make it to the upcoming Android N. Apart from the ones listed above, you may come across a few more. But, one thing is for sure. The new Android N is sure to make things better.





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