These are the best Android 7 Nougat features according to Google engineers


Just recently, our team here was brainstorming the best new features in Android 7 Nougat and the improvements that they will bring to the user experience.

Quite frankly, it was not an easy brainstorming session: Android Nougat features a new notification system and a slight change in multitasking capabilities, along with some other minor changes, but for the most part, the visual style of the Android system remains the same and there is hardly much to get excited about at first sight.

Android 7 Nougat, however, is far from mundane: you just need to look deeper to learn about the truly transformational features that come with this release. A recent Reddit AMA with the Android engineering team shows that there is much more than just minor superficial changes to Android N. Take a look at the most important and exciting Android 7 Nougat features from the engineers who have been working on them right below.

Anwar Ghuloum (Engineering Director for Android Core Platform): "I’m pretty excited about a bunch of the under the hood improvements we’ve made: JIT, OTA speed, and some big kernel scheduler changes. It’s something no user will see, but hopefully they’ll notice:) In general, I’d like to see us do more with upstream Linux to optimize for mobile."

Dianne Hackborn (Manager of the Android framework team): "Doze light in N, and the background restrictions coming in the future. Now that we have bitten the bullet with Doze in N to taking a firmer hand it what applications can do, there are a number of opportunities we have to improve the overall platform behavior."

Chet Haase (Lead/Manager of the UI Toolkit team): "I love some of the usability features we’ve added in the last few releases, from fingerprint (turning on and unlocking my phone as I take it out of my pocket) to Quick Settings (fast access to things I commonly need to toggle) to the recent apps double-tap (takes you to the previous activity, like Alt-Tab for Android). Under the hood, I love the continuous work we’re doing on performance, always working on making things faster and smoother."

Wale Ogunwale (Technical Lead Manager for ActivityManager & WindowManager): "Multi-Window obviously ;) This a feature the community has been asking for awhile now and I glad we finally made it happen!"

Paul Eastham (Engineering Director for systems software and battery life): "The new Doze work in N is looking like it will be a big win for batteries everywhere — early data from testers looks good, and that gets me excited! I think the “Seamless Updates” feature will have a lot of fans too."


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17 Comments

1. sebbellic01

Posts: 305; Member since: May 03, 2016

I hope that dark mode is in the final release.

7. vincelongman

Posts: 5677; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

Its not and same with night mode unfortunately From the AMA, they reckon its not polished enough for public release yet

12. XDAdam

Posts: 276; Member since: Feb 03, 2016

Perhaps in 7.1/7.0.1 next Spring.

15. sebbellic01

Posts: 305; Member since: May 03, 2016

and it was meant to be with Marshmallow... Google sure take their time.

2. Barney_stinson

Posts: 672; Member since: May 30, 2016

All s**t!! Multi-window is good though!!

3. legiloca

Posts: 1676; Member since: Nov 11, 2014

I actually find Nougat more exciting than Marshmallow and Ice Cream Sandwich combined..

4. phonearenarocks

Posts: 606; Member since: Mar 26, 2015

Instant Apps, Seamless Updates and Bundled Notifications are the only interesting features. No idea how tasteless the life would have been without TouchWiz/Sense UIs

5. Swordylove

Posts: 209; Member since: Jun 27, 2015

Can 'seamless' updates be turned off? I'd like to know when something is downloading/installing in the background.

6. SamDH1

Posts: 419; Member since: Apr 21, 2015

Yep, in the settings :)

8. Swordylove

Posts: 209; Member since: Jun 27, 2015

Thanks :)

9. libra89

Posts: 2271; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

It's going to be interesting. Looking forward to finally changing the skin color of emojis, since Android is the only place where you can't atm. Windows 10 Mobile and iOS both can.

10. Ezio2710

Posts: 548; Member since: Aug 22, 2015

So these features cam be used by non-nexus user next year

11. Babadook

Posts: 230; Member since: May 24, 2016

Always bothers me seeing how much attention emjois get (money and resources from developers). I guess Since I'm over the age of 20 I find them pointless. Hopefully the new notification bundling is cool?!

14. libra89

Posts: 2271; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

Emojis are nice for setting a tone. Sometimes something can read very serious, and with an emoji that helps.

16. roldefol

Posts: 4744; Member since: Jan 28, 2011

I'm over the age of 20, and damned if I wasn't happy to get the last set of new emoji. Because iOS users are going to send them to us, and it's nice to know what the heck they're trying to say.

13. Arch_Fiend

Posts: 3951; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

Stock android just continues to get better and better. Damn, idk what android phone to get this year, there are to many good ones to chose from and more on the way.

17. DnB925Art

Posts: 1167; Member since: May 23, 2013

It's funny how many people have ranted over Touchwiz and now many of these features coming from TW (and other skins to be fair) are coming to Stock.

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