Android is the most popular and well-liked Smartphone Operating System around the world, developed and launched in 2007 by Google along with the Open Handset Alliance. It is an open-source licensed software, allowing any one to use and develop applications based on the Android platform. The Android OS has proved to be efficient, being the prime competitor against the Apple’s IOS since its launch.
It offers a dynamic capability, making it compatible with Smart TV, Tablets, Wearable devices like Smart watches, and also used in automobiles, etc. apart from being used for mobile phones. The Nougat (Android 7) is the latest major update from Android OS in 2016, proposing more personalization, which the Google claims to be the sweetest release yet.
Android Version 7 Nougat Review
From the very first version, the Android OS has exposed extraordinary developments in every update, adding-up new features and salvaging previous version’s problems. In this Nougat, they have implemented many new features, which improves the usability of Android devices. It also resolves some cons from the previous versions of that. Let’s look upon the interesting new features of Android 7.
JIT compiler: In this version, an advanced JIT compiler have been introduced, which improves the runtime device performance, enables faster system and apps updates and reduces the required storage space for apps.
Vulkan™ API: The all new Vulkan API, provides high performance 3D graphics, giving life to apps to perform with eye capturing sharper graphics.
VR Mode: The Nougat’s new VR mode empowers fascinating VR experiences, proposing further launch of Daydream-ready devices.
Battery and Data
Doze: The new Android OS accredits improved battery power by facilitating low power usage while you’re on the move with this feature.
Data saver: This feature gives you the authority to limit your data usage. Background app’s won’t be able to access data while the data saver mode in on.
Split-screen mode: This feature is imposed for efficient multitasking. This mode permits two apps to functions simultaneously, where they will share the screen space. Hence, you could watch a video or picture while texting or browsing. The same feature is enabled on Android TV, called Picture-in-Picture mode.
Quick switch: Switch between your two most recently used apps just by double tapping on the overview button.
Bundled notifications: Have a quick glance of notifications and alerts, just by tapping on each alerts with this bundled notification feature.
Direct reply: Quickly respond to messages within the notification pane with this feature, not needing to launch the app to reply.
Notification controls: Control your notifications instantly, in this version. Just press and hold on a notification popup to change the settings.
System Usability Improvements
Customizable quick settings: Rearrange your favourite settings in quick setting tiles, which you want access faster.
Quick Settings bar: Quick setting has been rearranged, so you can get faster and easy access to quick setting tiles directly, which is shown at the top of the notification shade.
‘Clear all’ in Overview: By tapping ‘Clear all’ in the Overview, you instantly close apps running in the background.
Emergency Information: Add such details as name, address, blood group, emergency contact, and an allergy, to display on your device’s lock screen, helping emergency responders.
Multi-locales support: It supports to select multiple locales in the settings, such as showing search results in multiple languages. So you don’t have to translate a web page in a language you know.
New language supported: Android Nougat now allows you to select from its 100 new languages and 25 locales for commonly used languages like English, French, Spanish and Arabic.
New language preferences: Apps can automatically pick right keyboard and text for you based on your language preferences.
Accessibility settings in Setup: Configuring accessibility features on your device is made much easier.
Display size: It allows you to not only manage the size of the Texts but also the size of all the display elements on your device like icons and images.
Variable text to speech speed: This option permits you to set wider or lower range for speech speed and pitches, to improve productivity of the text to speech.
- Its UI is great and compact.
- Efficient performance comparatively.
- Bundled notification and Direct replay are the best features in this version.
- Data saver helps to reduce unwanted mobile data loss.
- Supports 100 new languages which are used to text and read in their local languages.
- Multiple tasking needs some improvement
Every new version of Android have always had new surprises and improvement. In the same way Nougat has also proved consisting more features than previous. However, we can expect few minor upgrades owing to its compatibility with various devices, when used widely.