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Android N: New Features with Screenshots

Android N: New Features with Screenshots
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Google always surprise its users with its out-of-the-box and early updates. This time it’s back with a whole new update of its most popular mobile operating system: Android N. Google announced the Android N developer preview on 10 March 2016.

This update of Android highlights many innovative features like improved notifications, split screen mode to name a few of them. All these new features make Android N a much more pleasant and advanced than Marshmallow.

Here are some of the best and most talked-about features of latest Android operating system:

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1. More Refined Multi-Window/Split-Screen Mode

Although split screen view was first seen as a hidden setting in Android Marshmallow preview, now it looks more refined. Here is a screenshot of a Split-Screen Mode:


There are two methods for activating the split screen view: either you can hold down the “Recents” button of your smartphone; or within the “Recents” view, you can also drag any application to the bottom or top of your phone screen. Google has done a great job with making the split screen feature easy to use and powerful.


2. Notification appearance is revamped and becomes more fascinating

For a long time, the notifications look of Android is unchanged. Some recent Android versions have made big changes to the notifications, which have not been well accepted by the users. But, Google has done a great work in improving the notification look of latest update.


Notification look completely different on the surface. Despite of cards, you get “fullscreen” notifications that go from edge-to-edge, as well as there is no separation between different notifications. Multiple notifications from a single app are grouped together in a bundle.You can tap the notification top to expand it completely.




One good thing about the new notification look is “Quick Reply”. If your messaging app  supports quick reply feature, you’ll find a button for “Reply” when you expand the message in the notification. After tapping Reply option, an inline text box will open up to type a response and when you tap the send button the notification will be removed automatically.

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3. More Powerful Quick Settings

You’ll find new and refined “Quick Toggles” above the new notifications. Despite of being two swipes away, the new toggles has become slim and always appear in the notification color. The second swipe will expand the toggles and show more. It’s possible to swipe to the right to uncover the second page of toggles, or tap the “EDIT” button to personalize the toggles.


The perfect feature of the new Quick Toggles are some things you will not see in the first preview. Google has added an API which will allow developers to generate their own toggles. These toggles will stay in the same area as the system toggles. Some applications try to do that with a long term notification, but a custom toggle is a far greater solution.


4. More powerful Night Mode

This new feature of Android N will definitely be loved by the users, as it not only saves battery juice, but also helps you read content on smartphone in the night without pressuring your eyes.  Hidden deep in the Settings, night mode enables the dark theme in the Settings.


To use Night Mode feature in your phone, turn on the hidden System UI Tuner and pull down the “Quick Toggles” and long-press the settings icon until it vibrates. After that, go into the Settings and scroll down to System UI Tuner. Under Color and appearance you will find the options for Night Mode.


5. Change the screen size (DPI Scaling)

This is yet another cool feature of new android update. One question might be popping in your mind “how is it possible to change the screen size?”. Don’t worry! I’ll explain you the  procedure.



Got to “Display settings”. Here, you will find an option for “Display size.” Now, adjusting this will allow you to trick your smartphone into thinking the display is smaller or bigger. You can adjust your screen size from small to largest for drastically different looks.

If you don’t have good eyesight, you can make items larger. On the other hand, if your eyesight is good and you want to fit more information on your smartphone screen, you might prefer going for the smallest scaling option.


6. Smart Number Blocking that works across devices

Now these days, almost everyone needs call blocking feature, but this process is often complicated. Android N has made the blocking process quite easy. It also has built-in phone number blocking at the system level.


Now, mobile apps can create lists of blocked numbers and share the information across different devices. Number blocking at the system level means blocked number will not be able to get through to any app.

For example, if you have blocked a number in the default Dialer app, then it will be added to the system blocked number list. This will prevent the blocked number from getting through to Hangouts or any other apps that can receive calls. The list of blocked number will sync across all devices on your account.


7. Emergency Information on the lock screen

We all have a list of emergency contacts in our smart phones. In the latest update, you can add emergency information in the “Users” section of the Settings. Some important things like address, name, blood type, date of birth, allergies, etc.


This is also where you can add contacts to be called in an emergency. Now, there will be an “Emergency” button on the lock screen. The button will open a phone dialer and allow the person to see your emergency info.


Hailing from the heart of India, Prateek Tiwari is an IT enthusiast who loves to write blogs on latest IT trends and technologies.

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