When the majority of the Google’s android customers had not even updated their smartphones for Marshmallow (Android 6) which was announced just a few months back. The Google on Wednesday 9th March, amazed everyone introducing the developer's preview of it new Android 7.0 or Android N. The Google's idea for its early release of its developer preview is to give plenty of time to its developer to test the software and incorporate their feedback made release the final build bug free.
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For now, developer preview is available as on the air update only to its own flagship Nexus 6 but Nexus 5, Moto G and Moto X are likely to get the on the air update of the final built which is expected to be released by this summer.
So, what's new in Android N?
1. The Split Screen / Multi window for Multi-Tasking:
Though it appears to be a signature feature in Android N but is not a new innovation by Google, Samsung and IOS have already introduced this feature long back. This feature allows users to utilize two different apps simultaneously either side-by-side or one-above-the-other. This feature becomes really handy for the tablet because of the larger screen but for the 5-inch screen, it may not be that useful.
2. Instant Reply from Notification screen:
This feature allows the user to reply to the instant messages like WhatsApp conversation directly from the notification screen without opening the real application. To realize this feature the Android will make use of the RemoteInput API. This feature will definitely save users time and is really a very novel innovation to be seen in Android 7.
3. Bundled Notifications
With N, you can use the Notification.Builder.setGroup() method to group notifications from the same app together - for example, individual messages from a messaging app. Grouped notifications can be expanded into individual notifications by using a two-finger gesture or tapping the new expansion button.
Advancement in technology can make computation efficient but high-end configuration requires extra power, so Google has always made efforts in power efficiency. Google had launched Doze in Marshmallow to save battery when the device was stationary. In Android 7, Doze additionally saves battery whenever the screen turns off.
Information Source: Android Developers Blog.