Google recently launched the latest Android update called Nougat. Will Android 7 Nougat carry more improvements than iOS 10?
Android 7.0 Nougat has rolled out its update for Android One devices. Majority of Nexus owners have received their serving Nougat and will be available for most Android devices next year. Nougat carries a number of substantial changes over its predecessor Marshmallow. As we wait for iOS 10 to be released this week, we have listed down Android 7.0’s fresh features and enhancements. It’s up to you to compare if Android 7.0 Nougat is better than iOS10.
What to expect from Android 7.0 Nougat? Here are 10 features to check out:
1.) Improved Settings Menu
Android has made it convenient for users to check and configure system settings by placing a search button located on the upper right corner. A number of key setting options are shown as notifications as well at the top such as : If you’re in Do Not Disturb mode, using cellular data or not, and if you have the Data Saver turned on.
2.) Enhanced Battery Saver with Doze Mode
The Doze mode was introduced in Marshamallow as a means to save your Android device’s battery life. Your smartphone or tablet will be using less batter supply if the screen is off and isn’t moving. The thing is, Doze only works if your device is physically stationary meaning you can’t active Doze while you are jogging and your phone is bouncing in your pocket. Nougat made the Doze mode automatic and you don’t need to configure your device to turn it on.
3.) File-based Encryption
According to the Android Developer blog, file-based encryption better isolates and protects individual users and profiles on a device by encrypting data at a finer granularity. The previous Android OS verions have encrypted devices using a full-disk encryption where the device gets entirely encrypted. Nougat enables file-based encrytio to individually encrypt files.
Nougat brings a different feel in terms of notifications. They are more attention-grabbing and fills the entire screen. You can tap some notifications and even do a direct response instead of having completely open up the app. Google Hangouts and Facebook Messenger now carry quicker and more useful quick-reply options.
5.) System Updates
Android 7.0 Nougat run faster updates on your device. The great thing about system updates when you run on Nougat is that it allows quicker installation times, faster app optimization, and updating file size will be smaller. The concern is Android is still working on against security issues after the Stagefright intrusion.
6.) Split-Screen Feature
The new split-screen feature will enable users to use more than 1 app in a single screen. Open an app you want to use on your screen then press and hold down the square-shaped overview button at the lower right corner to choose other apps to add to the screen. Nougat now allows you to have percentage of visibility for 2 opened apps like Google GOOGL -1.71% Maps and Waze both open on the same screen without having to flip back and forth between the two.
7.) Direct Boot
Apps can now boot even before you enter your Android device’s PIN. Now your phone’s main features, like the phone app and your alarm clock, are ready right away before you even type your PIN, so people can call you and your alarm clock can wake you up.
8.) New Overview Button
Double-tapping the overview button will allow you to navigate back to whatever app you were previously using. Frequent users will definitely benefit from this feature to flip back and forth between apps. Google knows that Android users are multitaskers and that their smartphones complement them.
9.) Data Saver
Nougat’s Data Saver enables you to run apps in the background without using much of your monthly data. This allows you to save more battery and monthly date fees as well.
10.) Improved Toggles
Nougat carries built-in toggles that is found right above the notifications. Just swiped down the top of the screen and will let you view handy things like WiFi, Phone Mode, and Bluetooth. It also allows you to pick which toggles you want to show up so you can customise according to your preferences and phone modes.