Some weeks ago Google revealed that the official name for the Android N will be Android Nougat. We already knew that the next major Android version would be Android 7.0 but now that it has been confirmed by Google now we know that it will be called Android 7.0 Nougat.
Sundar Pichai said that he was going to ask his mother or let the fans vote for the official Android N name.
Shortly thereafter Google did a Google Opinions poll on dessert names which started with the letter ‘N’. The Android N operating system was known internally as “New York Cheesecake”.
Google invited users to vote during the I/O keynote, the general public was invited to suggest potential names for the Android N, and the name that was chosen was Android Nougat.
Android Nougat Release:
Many people had assumed that Google was going to wait for the Google I/O 2016 to release the first Android N developer preview.
However, Google had different plans and they decided to release the first Android N developer preview on March 9, this is two months earlier than the general public had expected.
The Android N preview was first introduced to us in the Nexus 5X, Nexus 6, Nexus 6P, Nexus 9, Nexus Player and Pixel C on the Android Developers site.
And the very first beta release candidate appeared during Google I/O last May. The Android 7.0 Nougat final release date was confirmed by Google to be in the third quarter of 2016.
When Android 7.0 is released it will only be released on Nexus devices then it will accommodate other manufacturer devices within a few months.
App Source Shown In App Info:
When you select the App Info for a particular app, the operating system will now display whether that particular app was installed by the Google Play Store or a third party site.
This is a great feature for the Android 7.0 because it will make it easier to diagnose the source of a problem that may occur as a result of having a problematic app on your device.
Google Camera With Customizable Volume Buttons:
There’s a new Google Camera 4.1 which comes pre-loaded on the Android N dev preview 5 and there are a few new features. Options for the three on-screen settings – timer, HDR and flash are now shown in a full-width view.
The customizable volume key actions allow you to tell the Android operating system what you would like the volume up and down buttons to do when you are in Google Camera.
When you’re accessing photos that were previously taken you will notice that the Google Photos icon has been replaced with the following “All Photos” which is located on the right-hand side.
Custom Pointer And APIs:
The final Android 7.0 APIs and SDK are contained in the fourth Developer Preview. One of the final APIs is the Custom Pointer API.
This will be used by the developers to get their apps ready for mouse and keyboard control. API 24 is the target for developers and the developers can now publish apps which support API 24 to Google Play in the alpha, beta and production release channels.
Android 7.0 Nougat Developer Preview 3:
The Sustained Performance Mode (SPM) APIs in Android N was implemented to allow the developers to identify the apps that need to run at high intensity for a long period of time, for example, high-resolution video games and VR apps.
Using the SPM API will allow developers to set sustainable performance levels that will not destroy the battery or CPU.
This is a new feature which will be available in the Android N, you will no longer have to download an Android update, install it, and reboot your device. Instead, the new Android N will automatically download and install the update on a secondary partition.
Then the next time you reboot your device, Android will switch partitions and you will have the latest version of Android. And you will no longer see the “Android is upgrading” screen after the device has been rebooted. I think that this is a great feature that the users will truly appreciate.
Until now the Multi-lingual Android users had limited support for more than one languages in Android. The implementation of the new Android N’s Multi-Locale Mode will solve this problem.
The Multi-Locale Mode will allow users to add multiple languages in the order of priority, and the system will have the ability to switch from one language to the next whenever it’s necessary. The apps that do not support the main language will move to a lower level on the list of priorities.
Other New Features In Android N:
In the Developer Preview 2 there’s a new 3D Rendering API called Vulkan which will efficiently manage multiple cores.
In the Quick Settings, there is a new toggle feature for the calculator. This is a shortcut to the full app, and it does not work as a toggle because there is nothing to turn on or off.
Daze Mode Has Been Enhanced:
The Daze Mode has been improved in Android N, it now has a two-tier system. The first part works whenever the screen has been off for a while, and it doesn’t matter whether or not the phone is stationary.
What this really means is that you can enjoy Daze Mode whenever you’re not using your phone.
The second part of Daze Mode works exactly the way it has always worked but there are a few improvements.
When your phone is stationary and it’s not being used it will enter a much deeper hibernation mode which will postpone network and other activities before going back to sleep.
Put Your Emergency Info On Your Locked Screen:
This is another great new feature that has been added to the Android N. The Android N has a setting which gives you the ability to provide a link to your emergency information on your locked screen.
This information will include the following, your name, address, blood type, allergies and other important information that may save your life in the event of an emergency.
Smart Lock For Passwords Has Been Improved:
Smart Lock for Passwords was introduced in the Android Marshmallow OS, this is a basic Google password manager that will store your app passwords.
Whenever you reinstall an app you will be automatically logged in, however, there are many apps that currently support Smart Lock for passwords but hopefully, this will change in the near future. Please let me know your thoughts about the Android 7.0 Nougat in the comment section below.