Newest Nougat beta for Galaxy S7 brings app shortcuts to the notification shade

Samsung won't be simply bringing a jump from Android 6.0 Marshmallow to 7.0 Nougat on its flagships, it seems, but the software update is about to grace your Galaxy S7 or S7 edge with a bunch of new UX features as the company tries to enhance its ubiquiotous Android overlay. We already previewed some of those new options, like the ability to change the screen resolution with a simple slider to save on battery, but there is more.

You know how the Android 7.0 Nougat's is able to display shortcuts triggering the most used functions of an app by long-pressing the respective app icon that supports this option? You can also even drag these shortcuts from the pop-up list, and place them as separate command icons on the home screen for faster access. 

Well, it seems that with the latest Nougat beta for the Galaxy S7 and S7 edge, Samsung is going one step further, and allowing you to place these app shortcuts in the notification shade itself, so you can launch them from anywhere without having to go to a home screen first. In the example here the shortcuts include third-party apps like Shazam and Spotify, so that you can have your song recognition shortcut easy to launch near your connectivity toggles, neat.

source: Kidderminster (XDA-Devs) via SamMobile

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  • Battery 3000 mAh(28h 3G talk time)
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1. aegislash

Posts: 1531; Member since: Jan 27, 2015

Samsung always seems to be one step ahead of Google when it comes to Android. The sad part is, Google never credits Samsung for the features they make available on Touchwiz years before Google implements them into base Android.

3. bucky

Posts: 3795; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

Samsung does push android features/hardware forward but Samsung would literally be non existent in the smartphone space without the free OS. They need each other.

5. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

^^ Not necessatily, though... I can safely assume that if the Android OS wasn't made free (open source), then Samsung would have taken the developement of it's own OSes (Bada and Tizen) more seriously. Honestly, I think if Android was closed source to Gooogle (like iOS is to Apple) when it launched back in the day, then Samsung would have already had it's own OS driving the majority of it's devices and being by now.

6. Martin_Cooper

Posts: 1774; Member since: Jul 30, 2013

If android wasnt open source and available for free for anyone it wouldnt even exist today. iOS would have had bigger domination and probably MS would have had better days. I doubt samsung would ever had a nice OS like android. Samsung got huge cause of android. Before it it was just a Oem that couldnt touch Nokia.

10. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

If that is true, then why didn't the other Android OEM's accomplish the same success as Samsung? It's not just about the Operating system. Whether it is free or not really isn't relevant. Android is not entirely free. It has a licensing structure that OEM's must follow, which includes strong ties to Google's services and applications. Even though OEM's can provide their own alternatives. Samsung has a secure name in the mobile space. They are the #1 Android OEM. Without Samsung Android would still be very strong, but likely would not be ahead of IOS. This is why Apple sued Samsung to begin with. Because Samsung has a huge advantage over any OEM period. For one Samsung has their own factories, they are a ARM licensee, Samsung can make 99% of all components that go into their device. Android help them get to where they are. But Samsung could have pulled a Microsoft move, from the old days. Let's take this scenario. Samsung has been making phones for years. They also made smartphones and PDA devices in the past. Samsung already had seen Nokia, Microsoft and Symbian operating system and Samsung has made devices running many of those. They could have easy just bought Symbia, or WebOS and used that to create a foundation for their own. They could have easily came out with devices that match or exceed the first iPhone, in 2008 running a secure mobile OS and all they would need to do is secure a deal for services. So, since Apple already had Yahoo services with the first iPhone, Samsung still has options for services. They could have did a deal with Nokia, Microsoft, AOL/Time Warner and even Google. Samsung got huge because of Android, but you leave out the fact they made better devices running android that the other OEM's simply couldn't touch. The first Galaxy S was simply an iPhone ripoff. But Samsung did what others were doing too. They wree making poorly done iPhone knockoff. Even Samsung's own Instinct was a poorly done iPhone. But they got it right with the S. The Galaxy S branding, the fact the hardware was better than the first 2 iPhone out the box, showed that Apple was not the only OEm that could make a greta device, and HTC followed suite with the Evo which was an actual 4G phone while the iPhone was not. You cannot say Android is what made Samsung successful, because that is simply false. Because the other OEM's were not as successful and it was simply because, even though they had Android too, most of their phone models suck. While Samsung took the Galaxy brand, got people hooked with the S, followed up with the awesome Note and now has a family of Galaxy devices that are better than phones sold by any Android and non-Android OEM.

12. Khyron

Posts: 399; Member since: Sep 28, 2015

First iPhone was a LG PRADA

13. Khyron

Posts: 399; Member since: Sep 28, 2015

More Apple rip-offs

15. piyath

Posts: 2445; Member since: Mar 23, 2012

Samsung is making 570 phone models per year. Samsung sells phones for dirt cheap prices and that helped them to popularize their brand name well. Samsung gives out free gifts and promos with pretty much every new phone they release for a limited time period. Samsung put their home made AMOLED displays on their budget phones too thus it'll make them special. These are the reasons for Samsung's success. Not nesessarily the innovation. LG and Sharp also make AMOLED displays.

7. patrioticwarrior

Posts: 134; Member since: Nov 09, 2016

I would love to see a high end tizen smartphone from samsung. As tizen uses the battery more efficiently.

8. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

^^ I too, duh... @patrioticwarrior. Tizen might be more battery efficient, but the disparity of app availability for Tizen as opposed to Android is what's slowing down it's growth. I guess Samsung will out a flagship with Tizen OS when it'll be right time to do so. What phone you rocking these days, bruh? Cheers.

14. bucky

Posts: 3795; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

If there is one thing Samsung can't do on its own, it's software.

9. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

That's not entirely true. I would agree that Android got Samsung more recongnized, but Samsung has also been working on its own OS in collaboration with other OEM's. Since Tizen is a "NIX" based operating system, it can natively support Android APK's. I think the only reason Samsung and the other OEM's haven't pushed Tizen just yet, is most do to dealing with devs who may not want to make apps for Tizen, and the fact Google could prevent Samsung or the rest from being able to natively support Android APK's. With native APK support, devs could simply update a few lines of code to have the installer work on Tizen. Which means any app in the Google Play dstore would immediately work on Tizen. The only issue is, Google could block Tizen devices from downloading the apps directly. But Samsung can easily make them all available in the Galaxy Apps store and devs can make them available by other means, like directly downloading the installers from their web site. Tizen would easily suppase Windows and iOS in a single year, because Samsung is the only OEM selling 300M devices. Samsung could just push Tizen to any Galaxy device they want too, with only the carriers to deal with. Since Tizen looks and works very similar to Android, anyone buyign a Samsung phone, wouldn't notice any difference. The only downside I see is those who rely on Google Services and apps, Google likely would not port its services over to Tizen without some cross-licensing deal. But if Samsung can buy and create its own services that Google offers, you won't even need google. Many of Google services work via a web browser. But Samsung would need to at the very least buy a mapping service or make one which they have plenty of money to do and they could work with companies like Rand McNally, Nokia Maps or some other GPS compliant mapping service. Samsung has the money and the capability to duplicate any of iOS and Google services and they could easily do a deal with Microsoft for an office suite, even though they already have one. Or even bring Microsoft's services to Tizen since Microsoft is more cross-platform. All they need is a good deal with a major software OEM like Microsoft, and devs would likely support Samsung, especially if they are going to get paid.

2. DavMor0069

Posts: 266; Member since: Dec 09, 2015

Interesting,it actually seems useful and not just a gimmic. Kudos Samsung

4. 27satz

Posts: 158; Member since: Apr 28, 2014

Oh my love Samsung!

11. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

I'm not sure I would want app icons on the shade. I think its to much clutter and too redundant. Defeats the purpose of having multiple home screen for your icons and the app drawer. Even though Google is dumping the app drawer, that doesn't mean other OEM's have too. Especially those that use skins on top of Android vs Vanilla Android. So Samsung, HTC, Moto and LG couldn't easily still have an app drawer. Plus Samsung offers the ability to place app shortcuts on the edge screen. So a Samsung Galaxy, with apps icons on the shade, app icons on the home screen, app icons in the app drawer and then app icons on the edge screen; would be a bunch of redundancy and means something isn't going to get used at all.

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