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Android N a meaningful upgrade over Marshmallow according to most readers, but not all agree

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Android N a meaningful upgrade over Marshmallow according to most readers, but not all agree
While there's no doubt in our mind that Google had longed planned this internally, we didn't hear a tweet about its intention to come out so early with a Developer Preview of Android N. The program, as outlined by Google, will span some five months, until we reach the third quarter of 2016, at which point Android N will get an official name, and start hitting consumer devices. And in those five months, we're promised five consecutive updates to the aforementioned Preview to test-drive the new software.

Of course, by now most of you will know what's new in the latest major build. We've got stuff like native multi-window support, a number of improvements for notifications (Direct reply, Bundled notifications), and a whole score of other improvements, including under-the-hood changes. But is that enough to qualify Android N as a meaningful upgrade over Marshmallow? Yesterday, we let you have the word.

Android N Developer Preview timeline

Android N Developer Preview timeline


According to the results of the poll, nearly 60% of participants consider the aforementioned features and changes significant enough—and there are many more updates coming, so we'll likely have more to play with it by quarter three. On the other hand, about 12% of voters see Android N as a little bit of a disappointment, and not a particularly meaningful upgrade over Marshmallow. In the middle, we've got the remaining ~29% of voters, who feel Android N is neither disappointing, nor a terrific addition to the core arsenal.

As for us, we'd say that we're happy with what we've seen so far, but also rather anxious to see if future updates to the Developer Preview won't offer even more meaningful additions to what is already a comprehensive package. With any luck, Google releasing Android N ahead of expectations isn't the last surprise the search giant has in store for us.

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Would you say Android N is a meaningful upgrade over Marshmallow?
59.51%
610 votes
(610 votes) Yes
28.98%
297 votes
(297 votes) Meh, neither terrible, nor terrific
11.51%
118 votes
(118 votes) No

1025 votes





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posted on 15 Mar 2016, 04:11 4

1. Wiencon (Posts: 1762; Member since: 06 Aug 2014)


I chose "No" but I honestly don't know what could they add, Android is a complete OS IMO

posted on 15 Mar 2016, 04:14 5

2. NoToFanboys (Posts: 1112; Member since: 03 Oct 2015)


Brace yourselves, "Android is still in Beta" comments are coming.

posted on 15 Mar 2016, 04:18 7

4. vincelongman (Posts: 4102; Member since: 10 Feb 2013)


Also brace yourselves for
"Good luck getting Android N"
"Android 2.3 is better than iOS 12"
"Android N is nothing but features from XDA/OEMs"

posted on 15 Mar 2016, 04:23 4

5. NoToFanboys (Posts: 1112; Member since: 03 Oct 2015)


Yup, typical PA comment section.

posted on 15 Mar 2016, 04:37

10. techperson211 (Posts: 1168; Member since: 27 Feb 2014)


Meanwhile at gsmarenahttps://theoverspill.wordpress.com/2016/02/24/q4-2015-apple-android-pricing-rattrap-smartphone-profit/

posted on 15 Mar 2016, 05:37 1

17. Adreno (banned) (Posts: 755; Member since: 12 Mar 2016)


Not just PA, but all other tech site's coment section are like that.

posted on 15 Mar 2016, 07:26

19. NoToFanboys (Posts: 1112; Member since: 03 Oct 2015)


True. Our local tech site's comment section is more toxic than anthrax.

posted on 15 Mar 2016, 04:54 1

14. tyrionTheWise (unregistered)


Android N is in alpha.

posted on 15 Mar 2016, 10:29

22. TechieXP1969 (Posts: 8344; Member since: 25 Sep 2013)


Technically every software is in beta because software unlike hardware is never finished. Software is always a work in progress that continues to be updates fairly often.

So I don't really understand your point. Oh, maybe its because you didnt make one. You was just trying to post a snarky post to start some unhealthy debating.

posted on 15 Mar 2016, 10:59 2

24. NoToFanboys (Posts: 1112; Member since: 03 Oct 2015)


Your joke detector needs some recalibration.

posted on 15 Mar 2016, 04:16

3. janis (Posts: 273; Member since: 10 Mar 2014)


i still dont have android 6.0 on samsung s6 edge

posted on 15 Mar 2016, 04:28 2

7. Planterz (Posts: 2012; Member since: 30 Apr 2012)


Blame Samsung (and your carrier, if applicable), not Google.

posted on 15 Mar 2016, 12:59

25. oister85 (Posts: 473; Member since: 27 Apr 2012)


Are you on sprint?

posted on 15 Mar 2016, 04:26 1

6. Planterz (Posts: 2012; Member since: 30 Apr 2012)


Who are the morons that said no? Any upgrade is meaningful. Who doesn't want upgrades and improvements? OK, maybe the changes aren't quite enough to warrant a change from 6.0 to 7.0 or a name change, or whatever they plan on doing. That's debatable, sure. But that's not the question that was asked.

Something tells me that the only twats that said "no" are iTrolls. And those that voted "meh" aren't actually disappointed in the changes/improvements, but are wondering if it's enough to warrant a new version/name (and I kinda wonder that myself, although I'm happy with these developments).

posted on 15 Mar 2016, 04:34

8. rubyonrails3 (Posts: 245; Member since: 01 Oct 2014)


I overall liked Android N. there are a lot of features and most of them are very useful and actually its a lot better than Android M, which don't feel much of an upgrade when compare to lollipop cuz everything is under the hood, but in Android N most of things are UI and usability related so anyone can feel what's new.. yes most of things were already in Custom ROMs or OEM.. But I think for example Multi Tasking on Android N is far better than Samsung(I hope they fix the bugs and so)

posted on 15 Mar 2016, 04:48

13. Planterz (Posts: 2012; Member since: 30 Apr 2012)


It's funny that so many features in 4.4, 5.0, 5.1, 6.0, and now N came from custom ROMs like Cyanogenmod and mods like Xposed. Or maybe it's not so much funny, but rather blatantly obvious. Google ain't stoopid. Nor are they naive or oblivious. Android, being open-source, is the perfect venue for crowd-generated originality for modifications. Too many new features in Android updates seem to mimic ones from custom ROMs or other mods to be coincidence, and are more likely Google seeing them and thinking "damn, that's a good idea, let's use that" rather than them coming up with it on their own.

posted on 15 Mar 2016, 04:36

9. joey_sfb (Posts: 5335; Member since: 29 Mar 2012)


Android is mature OS. Google is just adding new spit and shine. The next upgrade craze would come only when there is a killer app/game that only runs on certain Android OS version and powerful hardware.

Like what crysis did for the PC Gaming. Otherwise, the mass would not be bother so much about getting the latest Android OS or hardware.

posted on 15 Mar 2016, 04:41

11. Sovat_fc (Posts: 224; Member since: 30 Aug 2014)


Breaking: Obama has won the election, but not all voted for him. :D

posted on 15 Mar 2016, 04:56

16. Planterz (Posts: 2012; Member since: 30 Apr 2012)


Huh? I'm one of the last to say anything positive about Obama, but huh?

posted on 15 Mar 2016, 07:36

20. koulang (Posts: 4; Member since: 02 Jun 2015)


Unfortunately, I use Samsung, so it is far from expectation.

posted on 15 Mar 2016, 10:55

23. iushnt (Posts: 1509; Member since: 06 Feb 2013)


Touch has all these features

posted on 15 Mar 2016, 09:13

21. Hypergy (Posts: 54; Member since: 24 Feb 2016)


Who doesnt like a new version of android. But a lot of the features of N are straight from touchwiz. Been enjoying them in my Note for years.

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