Maniha Barry

The Techie Girl

Android Nougat 7.0

Oct-15-2016 By Maniha

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Android 7.0 is the 7th version of the Android operating system. Nexus devices were the first ones to actually get this version, I own a Nexus 6p, so I got the update already. Nougat introduces notable changes to the operating system and its development platform, including the ability to display multiple apps on-screen at once in a split-screen view, support for inline replies to notifications, as well as an openJDK-based JAVA environment and support for the Vulkan graphics rendering API, and “seamless” system updates on supported devices.

It introduces a split-screen display mode for phones, in which 2 apps can be snapped to occupy halves of the screen.  An experimental multi-window mode is also available as a hidden feature, where multiple apps can appear simultaneously on the screen in overlapping windows. The notification shade was redesigned, featuring a smaller row of icons for settings, replacing notification cards with a new “sheet” design, and allowing inline replies to notifications.  Multiple notifications from a single app can also be “bundled”. There is a great per-app control over notifications. 

The “Doze” power saving mechanism introduced in Android Marshmallow was expanded to include a state activated when the device is running on battery and the screen has been off for a period of time, but is not stationary. A new “Data Saver” mode restricts background mobile data usage, and can trigger internal functions in apps that are designed to reduce bandwidth usage, such as capping the quality of streaming media. Nougat introduces a system for enabling “seamless”, automatic system updates, based upon and sharing some code with the implementation of similar functionality on Chrome OS. Overall, I am having a great experience with it, enjoy the update once you get it. 🙂

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