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What is your favorite major new Android N feature?

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What is your favorite major new Android N feature?
Google took us all by surprise by unleashing a preview version of its next Android 7.0 iteration, dubbed N, to unsuspecting developers, or anybody with a fairly modern Nexus gear, to be precise. While at first look the changes from Marshmallow to Android N sounded minor, save for the system level dual window mode, when digging deeper we discovered tons of new features and improvements.

These range from relatively obscure changes, like new options for the still-hidden file browser, to pretty visible ones, like grouping notifications by app in the status bar, or adding a bunch of toggles in the quick settings shade. Google also gives us the ability to swap apps simply by double-tapping the overview button, or to copy and paste freely between two open windows. 

Granted, most of these features are borrowed from existing manufacturer overlays or custom ROM efforts, but having them integrated on a system level is a whole different ballgame. That is why we wanted to ask you which of the major new features that come with Android N is the one you are most excited about. Take your pick in the poll below, and sound off in the comments if anything minor grabbed your attention, too.

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What is your favorite major new Android N feature?
46.31%
559 votes
(559 votes) Multiwindow mode
13.17%
159 votes
(159 votes) Bundled notifications
16.82%
203 votes
(203 votes) Quick reply
8.62%
104 votes
(104 votes) New app switch modes with the overview button
7.62%
92 votes
(92 votes) New Quick Settings toggles and options
7.46%
90 votes
(90 votes) Data saver

1207 votes


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posted on 10 Mar 2016, 09:21 8

1. rd_nest (Posts: 1593; Member since: 06 Jun 2010)


Hardly ground breaking for most OEM phones like Samsung/LG. And people who use custom ROM would have seen many of these in past already.
Let's see what more Google has in store. Getting bored of same look and feel. Maybe the changes in Doze will make it more useful now. Previously the phone had to be stationary for Doze to work, which is just plain stupid.

posted on 10 Mar 2016, 09:56

9. natypes (Posts: 1081; Member since: 02 Feb 2015)


Not necessarily. I don't know about the code enough, but I would suspect you need things running that gps when you're moving so your phone updates its location.

posted on 10 Mar 2016, 12:02 9

25. Bm888 (Posts: 390; Member since: 06 Jul 2015)


Android N.. Is the new custom touchwiz..lol, I've always loved touchwiz because of these features.. the bitching around Twitter man was hypocritical.. The polls, welcome this features after all

posted on 10 Mar 2016, 12:03

26. Bm888 (Posts: 390; Member since: 06 Jul 2015)


Touchwiz not *twitter, lol

posted on 10 Mar 2016, 09:25 1

2. refillable (Posts: 1045; Member since: 10 Mar 2014)


Sad that my G2 still runs Lollipop :(

posted on 10 Mar 2016, 11:13 3

15. Saioofi (Posts: 240; Member since: 23 May 2014)


Welcome to android, where you're forced to change your phone every two years

posted on 10 Mar 2016, 11:28 7

19. PopeFrancis (Posts: 59; Member since: 05 Aug 2014)


Man, you are so wrong.

posted on 10 Mar 2016, 13:22 2

30. SenorThrottles (Posts: 278; Member since: 23 Dec 2015)


The phone still works perfectly fine even though its running an older version of Android. Besides, if you're really desperate to get the latest version, just root your phone...

posted on 10 Mar 2016, 22:09

39. asiansatan (Posts: 35; Member since: 18 Sep 2014)


Indeed. you pay from your nose for so-called flagship phone and then in less than two years you are treated like a burden by these phone sellers!

posted on 14 Mar 2016, 10:55

41. refillable (Posts: 1045; Member since: 10 Mar 2014)


Nah, my G2 still runs strong with 5.0, I can't find any reason to replace it yet.

posted on 10 Mar 2016, 11:21 3

17. sadiqahmed (Posts: 71; Member since: 11 Oct 2013)


Flash cm13 brother!

posted on 10 Mar 2016, 11:37

20. avalon2105 (Posts: 241; Member since: 12 Jul 2014)


Please don't give that advice to G2 users. I've tried Marshmallow through CM on G2 and I had to re flash CloudyG3 ROM in less than 2 hours.

posted on 10 Mar 2016, 09:26 1

3. zeeBomb (Posts: 1867; Member since: 14 Aug 2014)


My favourite is how now android n is a custom ROM now lol

posted on 10 Mar 2016, 11:06 4

14. Awalker (Posts: 1432; Member since: 15 Aug 2013)


They're taking a lot from the custom ROM community and in my opinion they should take some more.

posted on 10 Mar 2016, 09:26 3

4. leotrim (Posts: 21; Member since: 01 Oct 2014)


almost all of this features have in my samsung :P hope doze to be even better and Quick replay sounds good

posted on 10 Mar 2016, 09:33 7

5. XDAdam (Posts: 131; Member since: 03 Feb 2016)


The good thing about this though, is now that all these are all part of the system level so Samsung wont have to take 6 months to implement these features and thus slimming down TouchWiz even more... and hopefully that equates to more timely updates.

posted on 10 Mar 2016, 17:10

36. MedLEB (Posts: 75; Member since: 23 Jul 2015)


Samsung will add other new features which also would take like 6 months to implement them, just for the sake of uniqueness lol.

posted on 10 Mar 2016, 09:41 2

7. tyrionTheWise (unregistered)


I finally can go with stock android over touchwiz. Thank you google. It's time to finally buy a Nexus.

posted on 10 Mar 2016, 11:49 2

22. abdoualgeria (Posts: 324; Member since: 27 Jul 2015)


Man , its painful watching you strugle :p

posted on 10 Mar 2016, 09:53

8. majp89 (Posts: 167; Member since: 18 Jun 2013)


I like the quick reply settings now (it's about damn time) and the notification scrolling and swiping definitely seems a lot smoother. I wish they changed a little more visually but they're getting there.

posted on 10 Mar 2016, 10:06

10. rubyonrails3 (Posts: 251; Member since: 01 Oct 2014)


Multi window support is great but it's not true multi tasking. Two apps not running fully. For example when I open chrome and YouTube app video stops when I move to chrome. It's cool but not cool. But I think Google have otherwise best multi window support.

posted on 10 Mar 2016, 11:53 1

23. Hitokage (Posts: 103; Member since: 01 Mar 2015)


The Youtube thing is a bug, I believe there was a Reddit thread that explained it. I can't provide the link, Reddit is blocked on this network

posted on 10 Mar 2016, 10:13

11. adecvat (Posts: 256; Member since: 15 Nov 2013)


Nuffin

posted on 10 Mar 2016, 10:14

12. 27satz (Posts: 127; Member since: 28 Apr 2014)


iOS 10 will support multi-window and retards say "innovation".

posted on 10 Mar 2016, 10:31 2

13. sip1995 (Posts: 1565; Member since: 07 Feb 2014)


Actually iOS 9 already supports multi-window.

posted on 10 Mar 2016, 11:39 6

21. tyrionTheWise (unregistered)


only for air 2 and ipad pro.

posted on 10 Mar 2016, 11:53 1

24. Hitokage (Posts: 103; Member since: 01 Mar 2015)


Doesn't the iPad Mini 4 support it too?

posted on 10 Mar 2016, 12:15

27. tyrionTheWise (unregistered)


Didn't know that. Yes, it does.

posted on 10 Mar 2016, 11:21

16. jove39 (Posts: 1827; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)


This poll should be with multi-select options...multi-window is my favorite...if I have to choose one.

posted on 10 Mar 2016, 11:21

18. plasteek (Posts: 115; Member since: 07 Jun 2015)


For custom rom users N means Nothing New ?

posted on 10 Mar 2016, 12:22 2

28. kouakuma (Posts: 3; Member since: 05 Jun 2015)


You should add night mode to the list

posted on 10 Mar 2016, 12:23

29. .KRATOS. (Posts: 310; Member since: 15 Mar 2013)


Finally the next phone definitely will be a nexus

posted on 10 Mar 2016, 15:16

31. Coconut00 (Posts: 474; Member since: 13 Jan 2015)


Does Multi-Window work on all apps or select apps like on Samsung devices?

posted on 10 Mar 2016, 15:29

32. Scott93274 (Posts: 4279; Member since: 06 Aug 2013)


I think it's kind of cool that they added emergency details to the lock screen, stuff like emergency contacts, medical information, of course only details that the user approves of. It's of great use for those with serious health issues and the medical professionals that might assist them.

posted on 10 Mar 2016, 16:12

33. pankajxdx (Posts: 27; Member since: 11 Sep 2014)


'New app switch modes with the overview button'
You will not know how useful it is until you use it. This according to me is by far the most useful feature addition in N, also there is no option/app for this available for M as of now, unlike other few features listed above.

posted on 10 Mar 2016, 16:39

35. monoke (Posts: 286; Member since: 14 Mar 2015)


Agree. Increased usability and quick intuitive workflow is what's needed in android. I'd actually like for them to eventually incorporate gestures and break away from the nav buttons paradigm. Use our phones like 'minority report'! lol

posted on 10 Mar 2016, 16:37

34. Coconut00 (Posts: 474; Member since: 13 Jan 2015)


So they didn't remove the app drawer?

posted on 10 Mar 2016, 17:11

37. MedLEB (Posts: 75; Member since: 23 Jul 2015)


In this very first preview: NO

posted on 10 Mar 2016, 18:52

38. jdrch (Posts: 79; Member since: 08 Jul 2014)


Multiwindow by far. My K1 will be a lot more useful for it.

posted on 11 Mar 2016, 03:21

40. iampun33t (Posts: 69; Member since: 17 Apr 2013)


I personally favour the addition of Notification Bundles..!! That is by far the best thing along with the Task Switcher changes..!! I mean Multi window is all good and fine but I think other feature will be used more by masses..!!

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