Poll results: What is your favorite major new Android N feature?

Poll results: What is your favorite major new Android N feature?
We asked you yesterday which of the major new features that come with Android N is the one you are most excited about, and it turned out that it is the multiwindow mode that works both in portrait and landscape, and lets you run any apps side by side, or one on top of the other, as well as copy and move data between them freely. This one got the overwhelming 46% majority, with the Quick Reply function the distant runner-up with 17%, followed by the new grouped notification 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.

What is your favorite major new Android N feature?

Multiwindow mode
Bundled notifications
Quick reply
New app switch modes with the overview button
New Quick Settings toggles and options
Data saver



1. csoulr666

Posts: 116; Member since: Nov 04, 2013

*Picks up Popcorn* Ok here we go.

4. submar

Posts: 713; Member since: Sep 19, 2014

Don't you have better things to do?

2. SamDH1

Posts: 419; Member since: Apr 21, 2015

It's all so yummy! It's like, peanut butter is great, and so is jam, as well as bread... But put it together and WAAAHHHH. That is Android N and all it's new stuff

3. DigitalBoy05

Posts: 276; Member since: Jun 04, 2011

I installed it on my 6p and so far when it's on split screen the interface is pretty raw. The two apps kinda look smashed together without much of a border to separate them. Future builds will probably polish it up a bit. Also I still don't see a dark theme.

5. AdrianUniq

Posts: 26; Member since: Dec 08, 2013

Note5 has the quick reply for notifications :) That's nice they'll integrate it in os

6. Elfmonster unregistered

That N will arrive on 1 percent of devices by 2020?

10. dazed1

Posts: 800; Member since: Jul 28, 2015

Pathetic iTroll, go back to your cave.

7. RuneMaster

Posts: 75; Member since: May 31, 2015

Multiwindow!!! More than 2 years on Samsung phone. Good.

9. oozz009

Posts: 520; Member since: Jun 22, 2015

However, Samsung's multiwindow style and UI was not even close in quality compared to the one from iOS 9 and android N. Until now that is, with the new android M for the GS7, multiwindow has seen a big update to bring it on par with the iOS and android N version. Still, Samsung indeed started all of this before anyone else +1

13. sachouba

Posts: 266; Member since: Jun 08, 2014

You mean : - Resizing windows as you want, - Drag and drop text, images, etc. between the windows, - minimizing apps in "bubbles". ... Yes, Samsung's implementation is waaay behind what iOS has to offer.

8. oozz009

Posts: 520; Member since: Jun 22, 2015

Same is true for iOS. I don't want to be mean here but iOS 9 already has 90% of what android N has to offer. Note: with the exception that multiwindow is only available on iPad (for whatever reason:D).

11. dazed1

Posts: 800; Member since: Jul 28, 2015

AHahahahahah, no wait, ahahahahahahaahahah.

12. sachouba

Posts: 266; Member since: Jun 08, 2014

My favorite feature is from the Galaxy S5 ! Does it help you guess which one it is ?

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