Would you say Android N is a meaningful upgrade over Marshmallow?

Would you say Android N is a meaningful upgrade over Marshmallow?
In a surprise move, Google made an early developer preview of the next major update to its mobile operating system—dubbed simply Android N for the time being—available to the public much earlier than expected. With a new update scheduled every month or so, it's fair to say that Google will be keeping us on our toes as we approach the third quarter when Android N is to go official.

This means that we've already had our first crack at the new build, along with a concise rundown of the highlight features and under-the-hood changes. To name a few, multi-window multitasking will be finally part of the core Android experience, and notifications are to receive significant usability improvements through Direct reply and Bundled notifications. Along with an improved Data Saving feature and a special Night Mode, the list is on the heavy side.

But while improvements and new features in bulk typically means at least some worthwhile additions are coming, we won't go as far as to take that for granted with Android N. We'd rather ask head-on. So, would you say that the proposed changes (so far) with Android N are a meaningful addition to the base established with Android Marshmallow?

Would you say Android N is a meaningful upgrade over Marshmallow?

Meh, neither terrible, nor terrific




Posts: 68; Member since: Feb 16, 2015

It would be, if it was actually available. Even MM would be upgrade if it was available for more than few percent of devices. Maybe if you ask this question in two or three years we will be able to answer it better.

3. Jiyar

Posts: 2; Member since: Feb 13, 2015

Anrdoid is still ugly!

11. Wiencon

Posts: 2278; Member since: Aug 06, 2014

Tastes, IMO Material Design is gorgeous

19. Villeslick

Posts: 1; Member since: Mar 04, 2016

Materials design is beatutiful, infact it's more appealing than your iOS

42. Jiyar

Posts: 2; Member since: Feb 13, 2015

and who said I have iOS device?!

4. Tziggy14

Posts: 624; Member since: Sep 02, 2014

I'm not really impressed with the new features. But then again my Galaxy S7 edge pretty much does every feature i've ever desired in a smartphone at this point. No app crashes so far, battery legit. I can hold off Android N for awhile.

9. catze86

Posts: 731; Member since: Dec 07, 2015

Bro, it is bloatwares. Android N is the original.

15. Ted_Clubberlang

Posts: 8; Member since: Mar 14, 2016

Don't you worry, Samsung will definitely hold it off for you, for a little longer than 'awhile'!

5. belovedson

Posts: 1061; Member since: Nov 30, 2010

Pointless post don't you think? An improved is is always welcome for the sane

35. Beastmode1

Posts: 85; Member since: Feb 08, 2016

agreed you speak much sense congrats

6. JumpinJackROMFlash

Posts: 464; Member since: Dec 10, 2014

As has been mentioned. This would be meaningful if anyone besides Nexus users actually would get it in less than two years, but they don't so we'll just have to guess about the usefulness. Google really should decouple OS-updates from carrier and manufacturer tweaks to be more Apple-like. The Android update model sucks ass.

8. Adreno

Posts: 755; Member since: Mar 12, 2016

I think Android N's multitasking ability will be way superior than Marshmallow's half-assed split-screen which freezes half of the splitted screen, meanwhile the other half of the screens responds.

40. fyah_king unregistered

That's why I love my Note 5 and s7 edge split screen. :)

21. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

You can't because Android OEMs are part of the handset alliance along with some carriers.

7. ashrafalhujaili

Posts: 73; Member since: Oct 03, 2014

I would say yes if and only if Google will handle the updates for all devices by itself , otherwise no

10. catze86

Posts: 731; Member since: Dec 07, 2015

Hell No. Just buy a Nexus. End of story.

13. tedkord

Posts: 17363; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

They can't. How are they going to handle updates to a skinned, modified version?

39. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

They can handle it by releasing the Android N source code to OEMs 3 or more months before it's publicly available. That way, OEMs have enough time to tweak and test their skins for the new Android build...

17. 27satz

Posts: 158; Member since: Apr 28, 2014

Basically Android N = Touchwiz!

18. catze86

Posts: 731; Member since: Dec 07, 2015

GreenMan will disagree with you.


Posts: 3131; Member since: Jan 12, 2010

Sure, only without the lag, bloatware, and cartoonish UI.

23. biradar

Posts: 36; Member since: Mar 22, 2015

Yes it is better update than Marshmallow

25. surethom

Posts: 1698; Member since: Mar 04, 2009

Android N look better than Marshmallow, but I would not know as I have a Samsung S6 & Samsung are the Slowest one to upgrade because of Over Skinning.

27. tokuzumi

Posts: 1907; Member since: Aug 27, 2009

If N keeps the multi window and dark theme functions, then yes, it is a worthy upgrade. I don't know why Google took them out to begin with.

28. oozz009

Posts: 520; Member since: Jun 22, 2015

Android really needs a design change in my opinion. Material design just ain't good enough, some nicer animations would be cool too.

30. MedLEB unregistered

Why putting the vote widget before the features, some people don't know all the new Android features, which means they will vote "cluelessly", the right position of the vote widget is after the features PhoneArena.

31. jonathonpower7

Posts: 49; Member since: Mar 09, 2016

Not really anything innovative there that hasn’t already been covered by other OS’s and products in existence elsewhere. I think Google are running out of ideas and just simply moving the UI around mostly to try and ‘wow’ people. Perhaps they should spend time sorting out their app store to better suit tablets and large screens rather than just pumping out new android versions for the sake of it.

41. submar

Posts: 713; Member since: Sep 19, 2014

Apple is the one who really run out of ideas. I see Newsstand, Google Keep, Google Wallet, Multi window etc in iOS9

37. Coconut00

Posts: 485; Member since: Jan 13, 2015

No, especially for Samsung devices.

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