Instant Apps and Multitasking among the most exciting new Android features according to our readers

Instant Apps and Multitasking among the most exciting new Android features according to our readers
While no new Nexus device was announced at Google I/O 2016, nor was a new Android version unveiled, the developers-centric event still offered a number of surprises, and a whole lot of new products, services, and features. Off the top of our heads, there are the two new Google apps, Allo and Duo, the natural next step for Google Now in Google Assistant, the Google Home overmind for your living room, the Instant Apps project, multitasking in Android N, Android Wear 2.0, and even a new VR playform in Daydream.

That's quite the list, and it's not even all-inclusive! Naturally, with so many new goodies on their way to the market, we had to wonder which one piqued the interest of our loyal readership (that's you) and got them most pumped up about Android. So we asked.

With a share of nearly 24% of the votes, Instant Apps have managed to capture the attention we feel they ought to, and rank first. Following closely behind (21%) is Android new-found, but not yet released, ability to juggle multiple apps side-by-side. Google Assistant along with the Allo messaging app ranked third and fourth, respectively. Unsurprisingly given its obscurity, Android TV's upcoming picture-in-picture feature ended up with less than 2% of the total votes.

Google I/O 2016 was huge, so which new feature are you most excited about?

Allo
12.92%
Duo
2.94%
Google Assistant
14.29%
Google Home
7.05%
Android Pay improvements
0.98%
Instant Apps
23.68%
Multitasking in Android N
21.14%
Picture-in-picture for Android N
1.96%
The Daydream VR platform
10.37%
Android Wear 2.0
4.7%

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10 Comments

2. vincelongman

Posts: 5748; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

For me, Instant Apps Almost Project Ara, but I'm disappointed the display is attached to the frame

3. grbrao

Posts: 294; Member since: Nov 23, 2012

I wish they integrate facetime and imessages, include data and vpn in access bar..........

8. marorun

Posts: 5029; Member since: Mar 30, 2015

Facetime and imessages are Apple exclusive.

4. UglyFrank

Posts: 2194; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

Why upgrade to N when Samsung had this on JellyBean

7. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

Not everyone has a Samsung. Easier for developers to use multitask API's since they are implemented by Google, not just Samsung (or others for that matter). More multitask options like PiP and Freeform mode, especially the latter is a nice add-on for bigger tablets and/or Android based desktops.

9. marorun

Posts: 5029; Member since: Mar 30, 2015

Its will also make dev want to make more app compatible fully with it.

5. oozz009

Posts: 520; Member since: Jun 22, 2015

And the least exciting part is that it will only arrive on OEM devices by Q1 2017 and Q2 2017 for some other devices:D

6. Shocky unregistered

Instant apps sounds like great way to compromise a device.

10. marorun

Posts: 5029; Member since: Mar 30, 2015

Not having the system blocking someone from login in after a few attempt is a great way to compromise cloud service. Still its part of life right? Lets see if they will secure it right before speaking.

11. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

Instant apps will only work with apps that are in the playstore ,it will stream from Google not the website.

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