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Would you say Android N is a meaningful upgrade over Marshmallow?

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Would you say Android N is a meaningful upgrade over Marshmallow?
In a surprise move, Google made an early developer preview of the next major update to its mobile operating system—dubbed simply Android N for the time being—available to the public much earlier than expected. With a new update scheduled every month or so, it's fair to say that Google will be keeping us on our toes as we approach the third quarter when Android N is to go official.

This means that we've already had our first crack at the new build, along with a concise rundown of the highlight features and under-the-hood changes. To name a few, multi-window multitasking will be finally part of the core Android experience, and notifications are to receive significant usability improvements through Direct reply and Bundled notifications. Along with an improved Data Saving feature and a special Night Mode, the list is on the heavy side.

Android N Developer Preview timeline

Android N Developer Preview timeline


But while improvements and new features in bulk typically means at least some worthwhile additions are coming, we won't go as far as to take that for granted with Android N. We'd rather ask head-on. So, would you say that the proposed changes (so far) with Android N are a meaningful addition to the base established with Android Marshmallow?

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

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posted on 14 Mar 2016, 03:54 3

2. KRISTIJANJE (Posts: 40; Member since: 16 Feb 2015)


It would be, if it was actually available. Even MM would be upgrade if it was available for more than few percent of devices.

Maybe if you ask this question in two or three years we will be able to answer it better.

posted on 14 Mar 2016, 03:58 1

3. Jiyar (Posts: 2; Member since: 13 Feb 2015)


Anrdoid is still ugly!

posted on 14 Mar 2016, 04:59 11

11. Wiencon (Posts: 1719; Member since: 06 Aug 2014)


Tastes, IMO Material Design is gorgeous

posted on 14 Mar 2016, 06:07 9

19. Villeslick (Posts: 1; Member since: 04 Mar 2016)


Materials design is beatutiful, infact it's more appealing than your iOS

posted on 16 Mar 2016, 02:56

42. Jiyar (Posts: 2; Member since: 13 Feb 2015)


and who said I have iOS device?!

posted on 14 Mar 2016, 03:59 6

4. Tziggy14 (Posts: 437; Member since: 02 Sep 2014)


I'm not really impressed with the new features.

But then again my Galaxy S7 edge pretty much does every feature i've ever desired in a smartphone at this point. No app crashes so far, battery legit.

I can hold off Android N for awhile.

posted on 14 Mar 2016, 04:47 6

9. catze86 (Posts: 507; Member since: 07 Dec 2015)


Bro, it is bloatwares. Android N is the original.

posted on 14 Mar 2016, 05:35 8

15. Ted_Clubberlang (Posts: 8; Member since: 14 Mar 2016)


Don't you worry, Samsung will definitely hold it off for you, for a little longer than 'awhile'!

posted on 14 Mar 2016, 04:01 6

5. belovedson (Posts: 975; Member since: 30 Nov 2010)


Pointless post don't you think? An improved is is always welcome for the sane

posted on 14 Mar 2016, 11:16

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


agreed you speak much sense congrats

posted on 14 Mar 2016, 04:25 1

6. JumpinJackROMFlash (Posts: 430; Member since: 10 Dec 2014)


As has been mentioned. This would be meaningful if anyone besides Nexus users actually would get it in less than two years, but they don't so we'll just have to guess about the usefulness. Google really should decouple OS-updates from carrier and manufacturer tweaks to be more Apple-like. The Android update model sucks ass.

posted on 14 Mar 2016, 04:43 1

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


I think Android N's multitasking ability will be way superior than Marshmallow's half-assed split-screen which freezes half of the splitted screen, meanwhile the other half of the screens responds.

posted on 16 Mar 2016, 01:29

40. fyah_king (Posts: 188; Member since: 22 Jul 2013)


That's why I love my Note 5 and s7 edge split screen. :)

posted on 14 Mar 2016, 06:50

21. elitewolverine (Posts: 5017; Member since: 28 Oct 2013)


You can't because Android OEMs are part of the handset alliance along with some carriers.

posted on 14 Mar 2016, 04:37 2

7. ashrafalhujaili (Posts: 42; Member since: 03 Oct 2014)


I would say yes if and only if Google will handle the updates for all devices by itself , otherwise no

posted on 14 Mar 2016, 04:52

10. catze86 (Posts: 507; Member since: 07 Dec 2015)


Hell No. Just buy a Nexus. End of story.

posted on 14 Mar 2016, 05:03 2

13. tedkord (Posts: 9915; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)


They can't. How are they going to handle updates to a skinned, modified version?

posted on 15 Mar 2016, 00:09

39. MrElectrifyer (Posts: 1917; Member since: 21 Oct 2014)


They can handle it by releasing the Android N source code to OEMs 3 or more months before it's publicly available. That way, OEMs have enough time to tweak and test their skins for the new Android build...

posted on 14 Mar 2016, 05:57

17. 27satz (Posts: 108; Member since: 28 Apr 2014)


Basically Android N = Touchwiz!

posted on 14 Mar 2016, 06:01 1

18. catze86 (Posts: 507; Member since: 07 Dec 2015)


GreenMan will disagree with you.

posted on 14 Mar 2016, 06:50 5

20. RORYREVOLUTION (Posts: 3103; Member since: 12 Jan 2010)


Sure, only without the lag, bloatware, and cartoonish UI.

posted on 14 Mar 2016, 07:02 2

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


Yes it is better update than Marshmallow

posted on 14 Mar 2016, 07:26 2

25. surethom (Posts: 589; Member since: 04 Mar 2009)


Android N look better than Marshmallow, but I would not know as I have a Samsung S6 & Samsung are the Slowest one to upgrade because of Over Skinning.

posted on 14 Mar 2016, 08:40 3

27. tokuzumi (Posts: 880; Member since: 27 Aug 2009)


If N keeps the multi window and dark theme functions, then yes, it is a worthy upgrade. I don't know why Google took them out to begin with.

posted on 14 Mar 2016, 08:41

28. oozz009 (Posts: 469; Member since: 22 Jun 2015)


Android really needs a design change in my opinion. Material design just ain't good enough, some nicer animations would be cool too.

posted on 14 Mar 2016, 08:55

30. MedLEB (Posts: 69; Member since: 23 Jul 2015)


Why putting the vote widget before the features, some people don't know all the new Android features, which means they will vote "cluelessly", the right position of the vote widget is after the features PhoneArena.

posted on 14 Mar 2016, 09:49

31. jonathonpower7 (Posts: 45; Member since: 09 Mar 2016)


Not really anything innovative there that hasn’t already been covered by other OS’s and products in existence elsewhere.
I think Google are running out of ideas and just simply moving the UI around mostly to try and ‘wow’ people. Perhaps they should spend time sorting out their app store to better suit tablets and large screens rather than just pumping out new android versions for the sake of it.

posted on 16 Mar 2016, 02:55

41. submar (Posts: 304; Member since: 19 Sep 2014)


Apple is the one who really run out of ideas.
I see Newsstand, Google Keep, Google Wallet, Multi window etc in iOS9

posted on 14 Mar 2016, 13:41

37. Coconut00 (Posts: 441; Member since: 13 Jan 2015)


No, especially for Samsung devices.

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