You can now reply directly from notifications and the interface will let you see more app information than what you did previously. The Direct Reply feature will let you quickly respond to text messages or update task lists within the notification interface. The inline reply action is an additional button attached to the notification. There is also something called ‘Bundled Notifications’ that groups notifications from the same app together. Grouped notifications can be expanded into notifications by tapping the new expansion button or a two-finger gesture.
Project Svelte – reducing RAM usage
Project Svelte is an ongoing effort by Google to minimise RAM use by system and apps across the range of Android devices in the ecosystem. In Android Nougat, Project Svelte is focused on optimising the way apps run in the background.
The highlight of Android Nougat is split-screen multitasking. This means that the device screen can show two different apps simultaneously, and video apps will support picture-in-picture mode. The system fills the screen with two apps, showing them either side-by-side or one-above-the-other. The user can drag the dividing line separating the two in order to make one app larger and the other smaller.It was about time this feature arrived natively of Android, as we have seen this implementation in a lot of custom skinned phones. But one new feature is adjusting the size of the split screens.
In Android Nougat, Google has expanded the scope of Quick Settings and added more room for additional Quick Settings tiles that can accessed across a paginated display area by swiping left or right. Google also lets you choose which Quick Settings tiles appear and where they are displayed, allowing users to add or move tiles just by dragging and dropping them.
Android Nougat will add the ability to record and playback content from Android TV input services via new recording APIs.
Android for Work
Android for Work has been updated with a new feature and APIs for devices running Android N. Profile owners can specify a separate security challenge for apps running in the work profile. So, they can set distinct password policies for the work challenge – how long the PIN needs to be, fingerprint can be used to unlock the profile and likewise. Users can turn off Work mode, which will shut down the work profile and related activities. It now also includes the Always on VPN feature to ensure the work apps load only via a specified VPN.
App source showing in App info
The Dev Preview 5 for Android Nougat now gives the app source information in the App info section. This will let you know if a particular app was downloaded via Play Store or side-loaded from a third party site.
VR mode options
Android Nougat will come with a sustained performance mode for Virtual Reality (VR). In the dev preview 5, the VR options are seen in the Display settings. There’s a setting called ‘When device is in VR mode’ which will have options such as ‘use low motion blur settings’ or ‘do nothing’.