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Android N: all the new features

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Android N: all the new features

UPDATED (5.18.2016) to include upcoming Android features announced at Google I/O 2016.

If Google wanted to shake thing up a bit and take everyone by surprise, the sudden release of the next Android version certainly did the trick. While it might not spook the mobile industry to the core, it is certainly intriguing that the new 7.0 version, codenamed "N," is hitting Nexus handsets while the phones running Android 6.0 Marshmallow are still in the low single digits of market share. If one of Google's aims was to show the value of the Nexus brand of phones, that's certainly been achieved too, as those are the only handsets that you can toy around on with two Android versions almost nobody has yet.

So what's the deal with the Android N developer preview being released just about six months after the latest official public Android 6.0 version? We'd assume early testing and feedback is a big part of it, and also keeping their options open when it comes to adding new features. Will there be any other features than the ones that are present in the fresh developer preview? Well, we certainly hope so, because if not, this will be the stingiest Android update Google has ever done, save for one awesome new option. Can you guess which one? Well, check out most of the new features in Android N that are fit to print in the slideshow below.

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posted on 10 Mar 2016, 04:23 30

1. vincelongman (Posts: 4106; Member since: 10 Feb 2013)


Pleasantly surprised by the inclusion of Display calibration and Screen zoom

Since those are features basically only enthusiasts

posted on 10 Mar 2016, 08:26 19

17. zeeBomb (Posts: 1786; Member since: 14 Aug 2014)


Android N slowly becoming a refined CyanogenMod. Awesome.

posted on 11 Mar 2016, 00:22 5

24. vincelongman (Posts: 4106; Member since: 10 Feb 2013)


True
Google is removing reasons for me to root, install xposed or flash custom ROMs

posted on 10 Mar 2016, 04:25 2

2. swarai (Posts: 19; Member since: 07 Aug 2014)


Lol, because I have been using a custom rom I feel like a lot of these features are old.

posted on 10 Mar 2016, 04:49 24

5. Nathan_ingx (Posts: 3607; Member since: 07 Mar 2012)


I'm sure they are. But all these baked into one version without the need to install a custom ROM is better.

posted on 10 Mar 2016, 05:36 2

10. abdoualgeria (Posts: 311; Member since: 27 Jul 2015)


The good thing about ripping is native support, native support means lesser bloatware.

posted on 18 May 2016, 17:59

39. epdm2be (Posts: 477; Member since: 20 Apr 2012)


as they're even implemented by a lot of manufacturors in their own launchers etc...

I'm only interested in screen "12. The Nightman cometh", there's a use dark theme option. I want THAT to work. Because I find this white infused FUgly. Then there's the bigger powerdrain of white on AMOled screens. Besides if they'd used more black or a darker UI then they wouldn't need "a night mode" in the first place.

Sometimes those idiots create more problems with on thing and then patch and keep on patching instead of just doing it right from the start!

posted on 10 Mar 2016, 04:43 2

4. carlemillward (unregistered)


And here i am still waiting for Marshmallow.

posted on 10 Mar 2016, 05:05 1

6. SYSTEM_LORD (Posts: 354; Member since: 05 Oct 2015)


Textra already lets you do #3

posted on 19 May 2016, 05:28

52. jontaylor07 (Posts: 162; Member since: 12 Oct 2015)


Windows already does 8 and 9.

posted on 10 Mar 2016, 05:09 6

7. haneef4u (Posts: 31; Member since: 06 Sep 2012)


App(le) switch :D
that look from jony ive...hehe

posted on 10 Mar 2016, 05:18

8. omar98 (Posts: 56; Member since: 28 Aug 2011)


And my galaxy s6 hasn't got updated to lollipop yet

posted on 10 Mar 2016, 05:30 49

9. Nopers (Posts: 138; Member since: 01 Jun 2015)


The S6 was released with lollipop.....

posted on 18 May 2016, 15:33 23

28. tedkord (Posts: 10263; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)


Credibility destroyed.

posted on 10 Mar 2016, 06:44 4

15. JunitoNH (Posts: 1613; Member since: 15 Feb 2012)


I feel for you, because it is a real shame. Here I'm with a $99 device from Moto running Android M.

posted on 10 Mar 2016, 08:59

18. shubhjit (Posts: 2; Member since: 08 Jul 2013)


Waiting Android N for My spice android one which is 50$.

posted on 10 Mar 2016, 09:56

21. jas0n (Posts: 54; Member since: 01 Mar 2016)


i wonder if this will be the first time google has released a new version of android before most major flagships have updated to the last version.

posted on 18 May 2016, 15:58 2

29. Clars123 (Posts: 600; Member since: 16 Mar 2015)


what a fail....

posted on 19 May 2016, 11:10

53. SYSTEM_LORD (Posts: 354; Member since: 05 Oct 2015)


Wow, dude. What a fail attempt at trolling

posted on 10 Mar 2016, 05:41 1

11. steelew (Posts: 196; Member since: 04 Jun 2012)


I really like it. I wish they would raid xposed modules more often

posted on 10 Mar 2016, 05:42

12. abdoualgeria (Posts: 311; Member since: 27 Jul 2015)


I was goigng to write that the N preview looks more like a custom ROM than a stock one :D Hope the features stay for the final release.

posted on 10 Mar 2016, 06:12

13. khalid123 (Posts: 29; Member since: 27 Feb 2016)


I think better than marshmallow

posted on 10 Mar 2016, 06:23 8

14. UglyFrank (Posts: 1581; Member since: 23 Jan 2014)


As a Samsung user I'm barely blown away but it is nice to see Google catching up with Samsung and Apple.

posted on 18 May 2016, 19:19 1

45. MedLEB (Posts: 72; Member since: 23 Jul 2015)


And CyanogenMod

posted on 10 Mar 2016, 08:16

16. Beastmode1 (Posts: 26; Member since: 08 Feb 2016)


Finally support for more apps in multi window using a samsung phone im used to it nopw just hope that native support will boost app count
and the direct reply too for notifications is great been using it on my s6 and now s7 its really useful with out having to switch screens etc excited :D

posted on 10 Mar 2016, 09:04 9

19. sarath_L (Posts: 3; Member since: 10 Mar 2016)


k..so that's why google and samsung were working together..Multiwindow, more quick settings, Screen zoom, direct reply, data saving (Available for low end samsung devices in India).. More than half of Android N features are borrowed from samsung...Hey if they are making these features better I am not complaining...

posted on 10 Mar 2016, 09:41

20. yoosufmuneer (Posts: 1493; Member since: 14 Feb 2015)


The Font also seems to be a newer version of Roboto . Also the default wallpaper looks a lot like the default one on the Ubuntu 14.04 LTS

posted on 10 Mar 2016, 10:10

22. JC557 (Posts: 1321; Member since: 07 Dec 2011)


I bet it will still have the random Google Services/ Google play services wakelocks issues as Lollipop in Marshmallow seem to exhibit though Marshmallow is bit better. It's random and happens to quite a few people from what I've seen so it's not isolated nor an app issue.

posted on 10 Mar 2016, 11:21

23. biradar (Posts: 35; Member since: 22 Mar 2015)


What's the point of, if low end devices gets it one year later

posted on 18 May 2016, 15:20

25. oozz009 (Posts: 517; Member since: 22 Jun 2015)


It's funny to see so many post about android N, even thought most android owners will only get to see on their phones by 2017 lol

posted on 18 May 2016, 16:00

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


Most? That's optimistic.That's why I go Nexus or unlocked bootloaders.

posted on 18 May 2016, 16:16

33. Valdomero (Posts: 151; Member since: 13 Nov 2012)


Except for Nexus' owners (me)

posted on 18 May 2016, 18:04 1

40. epdm2be (Posts: 477; Member since: 20 Apr 2012)


which are the 10 people on this forum :-(

For the rest of the world these Nexus phones are either ridiculously expensive or unavailable.
Instead of building a new Android every 2 months they ought to concentrate on making features install-able from the Play store and be independent from manufacturers.

We accuse Samsung of flooding the market with a jacks**t phone every week but Google is doing the same with Android itself :-(

People WILL eventually get fed up of this and ditch Android! Trust me!

posted on 18 May 2016, 19:37

46. JunitoNH (Posts: 1613; Member since: 15 Feb 2012)


Don't forget Moto, they upgrade Phones fast.

posted on 18 May 2016, 15:20

26. XDAdam (Posts: 110; Member since: 03 Feb 2016)


Will carriers be able to slow down or block the seamless updates?

posted on 18 May 2016, 15:59 2

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


I'm sure they will. Because EVERYBODY needs AT&T or Verizon Navigator, NFL Mobile, tether restrictions, and 20+ other such crapplications.

posted on 18 May 2016, 18:09

41. epdm2be (Posts: 477; Member since: 20 Apr 2012)


I hope that "I" can opt out of this!

I don't want my phone to start updating behind my back as soon as I pop my SIM-card into a new phone when I'm in a store away from my home-wifi. This causes frustration and anger and only makes people detest Android. Especially when they find out that within a few days their download volume is completely depleted with those stupid updates of apps that they don't even use.

posted on 18 May 2016, 15:31 1

27. Firenze91 (Posts: 32; Member since: 19 Nov 2014)


i don't see any feature on this list that my samsung galaxy s6 edge doesn't......except maybe the nightmode thingy

posted on 18 May 2016, 16:12 3

32. chaosnightmare (Posts: 113; Member since: 20 May 2010)


Apple is doomed if they release another non-innovative toy this year.

posted on 18 May 2016, 16:18 1

34. kiko007 (Posts: 829; Member since: 17 Feb 2016)


Yeah because this article is totally about what Apple's doing./s

Some of the posters here show psychological signs of becoming future stalkers (and that profile pic isn't helping).

posted on 18 May 2016, 16:30 3

35. xfire99 (Posts: 792; Member since: 14 Mar 2012)


U just described about uself. In others Apples articles and u love to bashing Android.

posted on 18 May 2016, 18:47

43. kiko007 (Posts: 829; Member since: 17 Feb 2016)


A) *yourself*

B) I own Android products, wtf are you talking about? I've never gone into any article "bashing" anyone. As I said, some of you have psychological issues that need therapeutic aid.

posted on 18 May 2016, 16:40

36. TerryTerius (Posts: 1542; Member since: 10 Apr 2014)


It's compulsory for some people. Apparently some think multibillion-dollar multinational corporation's are equivalent to a team sport, that requires constant heckling of other choices. And the reason that bothers me is simple. When you bandwagon any given company, you start becoming blind to the things they may be doing which are not in your best interest. And nobody wins when that happens.

posted on 18 May 2016, 17:14

38. chaosnightmare (Posts: 113; Member since: 20 May 2010)


Lagging behind other companies for a long time brings consequences, at some point no one would have believed Symbian/Nokia and RIM would fail. And I never liked Apple, not even in the iPod days or in 2007 when they releassed the first iPhone, all their products fall in the category of overrated and overpriced, there are just as good or even better options for a better price unless you're paying for the apple logo. I like to create my own experience with every product, So I could not care less about a simple and friendly interface that "just works".

They're already messing up so bad with macbook lack of updates and prices and surface line is way above new ipads unless you want to pay between $600 - $1000 only to watch netflix and browse (something that you can do on any tablet), if they dont bring annything new then they will be in trouble.

posted on 18 May 2016, 18:57

44. kiko007 (Posts: 829; Member since: 17 Feb 2016)


So to summarize: "I think that Apple products cost too much, and even though most of their products offer a satisfactory rate over 93%, I don't care because the voters are iSheep paying for a logo! I don't like their offerings, so no one else should either!"

Look dude, I don't know if you checked lasts quarters revenue charts, but Apple isn't losing any sleep over your purchasing habits. Saying a company who made more revenue than the GDP of 57 countries "doomed" anytime in the near future is asinine and uninformed.

posted on 18 May 2016, 16:52

37. BLSEOTB (Posts: 330; Member since: 24 Mar 2015)


Android Nutella?

posted on 18 May 2016, 18:12

42. epdm2be (Posts: 477; Member since: 20 Apr 2012)


Android Nobody_wants >:->

posted on 18 May 2016, 20:42

47. MrElectrifyer (limited) (Posts: 2192; Member since: 21 Oct 2014)


Mostly just stock Android fixing it's boring limitations, but really like the system-wide improvement of Doze. I can imagine my OnePlus One getting 8 hours of SOT with that improvement and the WiFi scanning fixed, considering what I'm currently gaining with Marshmallow:

https://db.tt/5tYNJFLf

SOT: https://db.tt/9kQB8lPI

This is what I had with KitKat brand new out of the box:

https://db.tt/FoiGBGRu

SOT: https://db.tt/eFpupsY2

Regarding google assistant, would only use it if it doesn't require turning on of the fkn google now cards 24/7 spyware.

posted on 19 May 2016, 01:00 1

48. iKamalkandel (Posts: 30; Member since: 06 Sep 2014)


Is not that Jony Ive in image number 10? How irony?

posted on 19 May 2016, 02:26

49. Bondurant (Posts: 417; Member since: 04 Jun 2014)


Android catching up to skins, still more to go.

posted on 19 May 2016, 03:52

50. aznhachi (Posts: 123; Member since: 12 Apr 2016)


such emojis

posted on 19 May 2016, 04:00

51. yoosufmuneer (Posts: 1493; Member since: 14 Feb 2015)


#5 A Page from Windows 10's book

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