Google just released the developer preview of it’s whole new Android N. No one has an idea of what that “N” would turn out to be. We’re still on the Beta process so things might change before the final release. Let’s get started.
Here’s all that will has changed in the Developer Preview of Android N.
- The Notifications are Edge-To-Edge this time instead of floating. The notifications expand out to more features. Suppose there’s a notification from Gmail App, you can respond to each Email by just tapping on arrow and then choose whether to “Delete” or “Reply” to the message. If you want to collapse the notification, just tap on the arrow again and you can use the two finger gesture to expand it out again. If you swipe left or right on the notification it will take you to the App settings which will allow you to Mute notifications or go to more settings. You can just tap and hold on the notification to do the same. In case you’re not in the notification panel you can still reply to messages directly from the pop up. You can also block certain numbers and also delete voice messages you received from the caller.
- On top we have the Quick Setting Toggles which we can further expand by swiping down again. You can also use two fingers to scroll down the full notification panel. You can now swipe between pages on the quick notification toggles and also edit it. Just tap on “Edit” and Drag & Drop between which you want and which you don’t require.
- There’s also a new Battery Status Indicator so you can see the timeline of battery status and also Enable or Disable Battery Saver mode directly from it or jump into More Settings.
- If you tap and hold on any one toggle supposing the WiFi toggle, it will take you to the settings panel. Interestingly if you tap and hold on to the Flash Light toggle it launches the default camera app.
- There’s also a Night Mode option which you can enable by enabling the System UI tuner. To enable the System UI Tuner tap and hold to the gear icon on the top. Night Mode is basically the feature which turns the screen into Orange yell colour which prevents from the disruption that the blue light causes.
- Data saver is another new feature which restricts the data usage over our cellular network. If you tap and hold on it you can adjust it settings which can allow some apps to Unrestricted Data Access and many other.
- Speaking of settings, if you have they Do Not Disturb Mode on, it will show you the message once you open the settings app and yes you can turn it off from there. Each option now in the Settings has messages about that particular option. Now, in then settings panel suppose you tap in the display and now you want to go back, usually you have to press Back button and pick something else, but now you can skip the step by just swiping in from the left which displays same options as in the Settings.
- There’s another feature under Display in the Settings known as Display Size which allows you to adjust the size of the content displayed on the screen.
- Emergency Contact Info is another new feature. Go to Users under settings and then Emergency Info, this is where you can enter all the info. So if you phone is lost, someone who finds it will obviously will not have it’s password so they can go to “Emergency” then tap Emergency Info and find all the Info which you had filled in.
- The most talked about feature on Android N is the Split Screen or the Multi-Window as you call it. You can activate it from the recent apps viewer. In order to activate, select one of the apps and drag and drop it on the top of your screen where the white space will appear and then it expands up. It now allows you to select another app from the recent app viewer. You can also activate split screen by tapping and holding the recent apps key and then you can select the previously open apps. You can now resize and interact with both windows. In fact, you can interact with both windows simultaneously.