With rumors of early release today, Android 7.0 Nougat boasts a range of new features for the modern day mobile phone users. Here are some of the things consumers can expect from the new operating system from Google.
More security features
The top of this list of new features is security. In today?s digital era, security is a big thing. A lot of people get their accounts hacked because of updates left uninstalled. This time around, Google is integrating seamless updates to the Android 7.0 Nougat by having it install in the background. This will assure users that they have important security patches for their devices.
Another security feature limits external storage access from apps. If say, for example, an app uses the user?s Downloads folder, that particular app will be able to access only the said folder. This will increases security buy preventing apps from using the entire directory tree.
More UI changes
Of course, no update will be complete without changes in the UI.?
Android 7.0 Nougat?will be ?re-introducing? the multi-window feature. This feature was already included in the previous iteration of the operating system. However, Google decided to keep it in the background and not make it into a primary feature. For this version, the multi-window feature will take on the spot light.
Users will also be able to maximise the use of the notifications bar. Instead of being just a notifications bar, users will be able to send replies to messages?directly?from it. There will be no need to open the messaging application.
Data and power savings
For users subscribed to ?metered connection?, this feature blocks background data usage and sets apps to use minimal data in the foreground if possible. Users will be able to set which app gets to save data and which app can use as much data as it needs.
Apart from saving precious data, the new operating system also features Project Doze and Svelte. Project Doze works by allowing minimal communications to pass through especially when the mobile phone screen is off. Project Svelte has more to do with background refresh for apps. In a normal sense, with each change in the network connection parameters, apps tend to update as well. Project Svelte limits this by keeping the apps dormant.
Faster boot ups
The new Android 7.0 Nougat features direct boot. This allows the operating system to group the user?s apps. For instance, SMS messages can be set as an important app. This will make it possible to gain access to the said app as soon as the user boots the mobile device. Other less important apps will be loaded later on.
Rumors came out last week that Canadian telco, Telus, will be providing over-the-air updates for Android 7.0 Nougat today. However, it is not known if the rumor holds any weight as the official release is slated to be in Sept. 6 along with the new?LG V20.
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