What is your favorite major new Android N feature?

What is your favorite major new Android N 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. That is why we wanted to ask you which of the major new features that come with Android N is the one you are most excited about. Take your pick in the poll below, and sound off in the comments if anything minor grabbed your attention, too.

What is your favorite major new Android N feature?

Multiwindow mode
46.31%
Bundled notifications
13.17%
Quick reply
16.82%
New app switch modes with the overview button
8.62%
New Quick Settings toggles and options
7.62%
Data saver
7.46%

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40 Comments

1. rd_nest

Posts: 1656; Member since: Jun 06, 2010

Hardly ground breaking for most OEM phones like Samsung/LG. And people who use custom ROM would have seen many of these in past already. Let's see what more Google has in store. Getting bored of same look and feel. Maybe the changes in Doze will make it more useful now. Previously the phone had to be stationary for Doze to work, which is just plain stupid.

9. natypes

Posts: 1110; Member since: Feb 02, 2015

Not necessarily. I don't know about the code enough, but I would suspect you need things running that gps when you're moving so your phone updates its location.

25. Bm888

Posts: 517; Member since: Jul 06, 2015

Android N.. Is the new custom touchwiz..lol, I've always loved touchwiz because of these features.. the bitching around Twitter man was hypocritical.. The polls, welcome this features after all

26. Bm888

Posts: 517; Member since: Jul 06, 2015

Touchwiz not *twitter, lol

2. refillable

Posts: 1071; Member since: Mar 10, 2014

Sad that my G2 still runs Lollipop :(

15. Saioofi

Posts: 342; Member since: May 23, 2014

Welcome to android, where you're forced to change your phone every two years

19. PopeFrancis

Posts: 110; Member since: Aug 05, 2014

Man, you are so wrong.

30. SenorThrottles

Posts: 284; Member since: Dec 23, 2015

The phone still works perfectly fine even though its running an older version of Android. Besides, if you're really desperate to get the latest version, just root your phone...

39. asiansatan

Posts: 59; Member since: Sep 18, 2014

Indeed. you pay from your nose for so-called flagship phone and then in less than two years you are treated like a burden by these phone sellers!

41. refillable

Posts: 1071; Member since: Mar 10, 2014

Nah, my G2 still runs strong with 5.0, I can't find any reason to replace it yet.

17. sadiqahmed

Posts: 71; Member since: Oct 11, 2013

Flash cm13 brother!

20. avalon2105

Posts: 352; Member since: Jul 12, 2014

Please don't give that advice to G2 users. I've tried Marshmallow through CM on G2 and I had to re flash CloudyG3 ROM in less than 2 hours.

3. zeeBomb

Posts: 2318; Member since: Aug 14, 2014

My favourite is how now android n is a custom ROM now lol

14. Awalker

Posts: 1977; Member since: Aug 15, 2013

They're taking a lot from the custom ROM community and in my opinion they should take some more.

4. leotrim

Posts: 27; Member since: Oct 01, 2014

almost all of this features have in my samsung :P hope doze to be even better and Quick replay sounds good

5. XDAdam

Posts: 276; Member since: Feb 03, 2016

The good thing about this though, is now that all these are all part of the system level so Samsung wont have to take 6 months to implement these features and thus slimming down TouchWiz even more... and hopefully that equates to more timely updates.

36. MedLEB unregistered

Samsung will add other new features which also would take like 6 months to implement them, just for the sake of uniqueness lol.

7. tyrionTheWise unregistered

I finally can go with stock android over touchwiz. Thank you google. It's time to finally buy a Nexus.

22. abdoualgeria

Posts: 928; Member since: Jul 27, 2015

Man , its painful watching you strugle :p

8. majp89

Posts: 182; Member since: Jun 18, 2013

I like the quick reply settings now (it's about damn time) and the notification scrolling and swiping definitely seems a lot smoother. I wish they changed a little more visually but they're getting there.

10. rubyonrails3

Posts: 375; Member since: Oct 01, 2014

Multi window support is great but it's not true multi tasking. Two apps not running fully. For example when I open chrome and YouTube app video stops when I move to chrome. It's cool but not cool. But I think Google have otherwise best multi window support.

23. Hitokage

Posts: 103; Member since: Mar 01, 2015

The Youtube thing is a bug, I believe there was a Reddit thread that explained it. I can't provide the link, Reddit is blocked on this network

11. adecvat

Posts: 640; Member since: Nov 15, 2013

Nuffin

12. 27satz

Posts: 158; Member since: Apr 28, 2014

iOS 10 will support multi-window and retards say "innovation".

13. sip1995

Posts: 1771; Member since: Feb 07, 2014

Actually iOS 9 already supports multi-window.

21. tyrionTheWise unregistered

only for air 2 and ipad pro.

24. Hitokage

Posts: 103; Member since: Mar 01, 2015

Doesn't the iPad Mini 4 support it too?

27. tyrionTheWise unregistered

Didn't know that. Yes, it does.

16. jove39

Posts: 2146; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

This poll should be with multi-select options...multi-window is my favorite...if I have to choose one.

18. plasteek

Posts: 265; Member since: Jun 07, 2015

For custom rom users N means Nothing New ?

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