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Android 7.0 Nougat – The 20 Exciting Features You Should Know

Every android user like you and me were eagerly waiting for the Android 7.0 release. We know that everytime android make an update they add some awesome features to the OS that would be very interesting. The good news is that the Android 7.0 Nougat has already released but it is available only for some limited premium phones. It will be available to the latest smartphones soon as it is still in development mode.

In this post i’m gonna show you all the features of the latest android update, Android 7 Nougat that will really help you to understand and familiarize with these added options in the latest android release. Now let’s start ;



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Android 7 Nougat Features

 

1. The OS that speaks your language

Bring your words to life with updated and entirely new emoji, and the ability to use two or more languages at the same time.

  • Over 1500 emoji including 72 new ones
  • Multi Locale language settings

2. Multi window support

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Now you can switch between apps with a double tap, and run two apps side by side. So go ahead and watch a movie while texting, or read a recipe with your timer open.

  • Multi-window view
  • Quick switch between apps

3. Quicker multi-tasking

You can now double-tap the recent apps button to quickly switch between your two most recently used apps. For example, say you’re in Gmail but need to look something up in Chrome to include in an email. You can open Chrome, find and copy a link, then double-tap the recent apps button and your device will switch back to Gmail.

4. Use two apps at same time

Samsung users have long had access to using apps in a split-screen mode. With Nougat, Google is officially adding support for multi-window support to all Android devices running Android 7.0. To activate multi-window mode, long-press on the recent apps button. Whichever app you’re currently using will go to the top of the screen (on a phone, or to the left on a tablet), with a list of recent apps shown along the bottom. Select the second app you want to use from the list. Drag the divider to resize the app windows, or to maximize either of the active apps.

5. View two Chrome tabs

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It took Apple an entire year to introduce split-screen tab viewing in Safari for iPad users, but Google did it at the same time it introduced multi-window to Android. When using Chrome in multi-window mode, tap on the Menu button and select they super handy option of “Move to other window.” It’s fully acceptable to point and laugh at iOS users if you feel the need.

6. APK Installation Tracking

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Android Nougat will now keep track of where an app was installed from. Open Settings then Apps and tap on any listed application. Scroll to the bottom of the page, where you’ll see the source of the app’s installation. For example, if it was installed from the Play Store it will say as much. If it’s something you side loaded, it will state something along the lines of “Installed from Package Installer.

7. New APK installer Animation

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Speaking of installing applications outside of the Play Store, you’ll find a fancy new installer animation when sideloading an APK. It’s a subtle change that won’t have a dramatic impact on your day-to-day use, but it’s not a bad looking change either. Who doesn’t like seeing the Android bot whenever possible?

8. Bundled notifications

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Have you ever posted something on Facebook, only to have your notification tray blown up with alerts of likes and comments? Me neither, but for those who have you’re going to love bundled notifications. Once an app updates for Android Nougat, it can opt to have all of its notifications bundled into one alert. Slide down on the respective notification to reveal the rest of your alerts for that particular app.

9. Reply with speed

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You can now reply to messages from apps like Facebook Messenger, Hangouts, or Messenger directly from the notification. Of course, this means you can hold a conversation without having to bounce between a messaging app and another app. It’s important to note, this isn’t limited to messaging apps. Twitter apps, for example, could add the ability to reply to mentions.

10. Notification importance setting

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You can now set the importance level of an app’s notifications to fit your specific use of that app, including allowing an app to ignore your DND settings. With a long-press on a notification, you can view the current importance level. Tap on More Settings where you can turn off the default automatic setting, and adjust its interruption level. As you move the slider, a brief explanation will detail each alert type.

 

11. Display Size

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Are your eyes not what they used to be? By which I mean, do you need things to be BIGGER so you can see them properly? Well, ol’ stock Android might be able to help.

You can now change the “display” size on your device to embiggen all the text and icons. Access this option via Display > Display size to choose between five different settings.

12. Easter Egg

And of course, as always, Google engineers make sure to never miss an opportunity to show the world that they suffer from an overabundance of free time. Yes, Nougat has a hidden Easter egg.

The last two Android OSes have boasted hidden Flappy Bird games with either Marshmallow or Lollipop themes. It was super hard, and I always just got bored and frustrated. But Nougat changes it up with some kind of weird cat game. Okay, this one’s a little complicated, so here’s what you do:

1) You initially access this Easter egg like the others: Settings > About Phone > repeatedly tap “Android 7.0” (or whatever version you have) to prompt a giant Nougat logo (a big “N”).

2) Long tap the logo until you see a little cat emoji at the bottom of the screen.

3) Swipe down from the top to bring up the notification shade.

4) Hit “Edit” and scroll down and you’ll find a little cat face icon with the label “???? Android Easter egg.” Drag and drop that above the fold wherever you’d like.

5) Now when you swipe down the shade, you’ll see a tile for “empty plate.” Tap that to prompt a choice of four cat treats and choose one.

6) Now, wait. Eventually your phone will notify you that you’ve caught a cat. Have fun with that.

13. Quicker quick settings

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When swiping from the top of the screen with one finger, you will see a row of quick setting shortcuts just above any pending notifications. Tap on an icon to enable or disable features such as Wi-Fi, open Battery settings, or turn on the Flashlight. It displays the first 5 items in your quick settings, so if you reorder those, you’ll change what appears here.

14. Android Nougat VR

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A buried menu for VR helper services in the Android N Developer Preview 4, and an equally buried release note for “Android VR” in Unreal Engine 4.12 beta hints at a big push for a Google Cardboard successor – and Google confirmed its VR intentions during IO.

The Play Store, StreetView, Photos, YouTube and Play Movies will all support VR, allowing you to jump into games, locations and videos – all via Google’s Daydream VR platform. Daydream is due to be released in the fall and isn’t in the Android N update yet.

Expect Google Daydream to be part of a future maintenance update for Android Nougat, though you can get phones like ZTE Axon 7 (the first Google Daydream phone) right now.

15. Easier Settings app navigation

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When navigating through the Settings app, now you can quickly hop between various sections using the hamburger menu on the left side of your screen (or by dragging in from the left edge). Settings are broken down into the same categories as the main list, but using the slide-out menu eliminates the need to tap the back button, scroll, then select another setting category

16. Suggested settings

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When you open the Settings app your device will offer some recommendations for various settings and features you should set up. For example, upon initial setup Settings recommended I set up Screen lock, add en email account, set up “OK Google” commands, and change the wallpaper. Tapping on a suggestion will open the proper settings pane or app. Alternatively, you can tap on the overflow menu to hide an item from the list.

17. New Emojis

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Android Nougat includes the latest and greatest Emoji approved by the powers that be, including bacon! Beyond the latest and greatest emoji baked right in to Android, you’ll also notice Google has reworked most of the emoji included on its mobile devices. Smiley faces now have a more human look and feel to them.

18. Cancel button for app downloads

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Ever start to update or download apps from the Play Store, only to remember you’re on a cellular connection or your battery is about to die? You can now cancel downloads directly from the download notification, instead of having to tap through each item in the Play Store. Slide down the notification, tap cancel and your data bucket is safe.

19. Keyboard shortcut helper

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Using a physical keyboard with a tablet like the Pixel C adds a level of convenience and mobile computing appeal to the tablet. However, learning and remembering each apps’ keyboard shortcuts can be a chore. With Nougat, you can press Search + / to view a list of shortcuts for the app you’re currently using.

20. Security is at the heart

  •  Seamless UpdatesOn select new devices, software updates download in the background, so you won’t have to wait while your device syncs with the latest security tools.
  •  File-based EncryptionBy encrypting at the file level, Android can better isolate and protect files for individual users on your device.
  •   Direct BootStarting your device is faster and apps run securely even before you enter your password.


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