Android Nougat 7.0 was officially released to public in August 22, 2016 for Nexus devices. LG V20 is the first phone released with Android Nougat 7.0.
In this Android Nougat guide, I will try to highlight the top 11 Android Nougat 7.0 new features. For new features added to Android Nougat 7.1, please refer to this page.
For the detailed usage of these new features, please check individual guides in Android Nougat guides page.
#1. Vulkan API: one of the best Android Nougat 7.0 new features for game players
Vulkan API is a low-level cross platform API for high-performance real-time 3D graphics applications. It offers higher performance and lower CPU usage compared to OpenGL.
Samsung actually partially implemented Vulkan API in the now abandoned Galaxy Note 7, which was running Android Marshmallow. Now, Google fully implemented this API in Android Nougat 7.0.
Many mobile game players should be excited about this new feature. More and more games will benefit from Vulkan API.
This means game players will get sharper graphics and fancy effects without slowing down the game. Of course, the actual performance gain depends on both hardware and app developers.
#2 Android Nougat 7.0 New Features: Split-screen mode (multi window)
Split-screen mode (or multi window mode) is another most welcomed new feature in Android Nougat. You can run two apps side-by-side. You can also share contents between two apps.
For Samsung Android phone users, multi window was introduced since Galaxy Note II in 2012. And most of Samsung’s flagship phones later got this feature. But it only works on certain apps in Samsung phones.
In Android Nougat 7.0, Google finally added the split-screen mode in Android. This means all Android phones, once updated to Android Nougat, will have this feature.
Compared to Samsung’s multi window, split-screen mode in Android Nougat 7.0 works with more (actually all) apps.
Please follow this guide on how to use split-screen mode (multi window) in Android Nougat.
#3 Android Nougat 7.0 New Features: Quick switch between most recent 2 apps
In addition to split-screen mode allowing you to run two apps side-by-side, Android Nougat 7.0 also introduced a new feature allowing you to switch between two most recent apps.
You can double tap the Overview button to switch between two most recently used apps.
This is one of the most useful Android Nougat 7.0 new features for many users. For example you may want to search some info when composing an email. Now, you can quickly switch between email app and browser app.
#4 Android Nougat 7.0 New Features: Data saver
In many regions, mobile data are still quite expensive. Carriers tend to overprice mobile data because most smartphone users need them
In Android Nougat 7.0, a new data saver option was added to help you reduce the usage of mobile data.
Once enabled, Data saver will block background cellular data usage unless the app is actively being used. You can enable background mobile data usage for individual apps as exceptions.
For more detailed, please check How to use data saver in Android Nougat page.
#5 Android Nougat 7.0 New Features: Lock screen wallpaper and screen saver
Most Android manufactures, for example, Samsung, allow you to set wallpapers for home screen and lock screen separately. Samsung even allows you to set S View window wallpaper separately in Galaxy S7 and S7 edge.
But for stock Android, prior to Android Nougat 7.0, home screen and lock screen always use the identical wallpaper. There are no separate settings for them.
In Android Nougat 7.0, you can now have different wallpapers on your phone’s home screen and lock screen.
Anyway, this is a new feature for some users in Android Nougat.
Also, because Daydream is branded as VR feature (and A VR headset), the old Daydream now is just renamed as screen saver.
#6 Android Nougat 7.0 New Features: Improved Doze
Doze is a nice feature introduced in Android Marshmallow. It can help your phone save battery.
In Android Nougat, doze becomes smarter. It can put your phone into lower power usage state when you’re on the move.
#7 Android Nougat 7.0 New Features: Bundled notifications
When you have multiple notifications from the same app, you can opt to have all of its notifications bundled into one alert.
To reveal the rest of your alerts for that particular app, simply slide down on the respective notification.
This Android Nougat 7.0 new feature is very useful if you have lots of notifications from same app, e.g., Facebook, Twitter.
Samsung also tried this bundled notifications in Galaxy Note 7 (with Marshmallow). But you cannot turn it off.
For more details, please check this guide.
#8 Android Nougat 7.0 New Features: Direct reply and notification control
Another two noteworthy Android Nougat 7.0 new features on notification are direct reply and direct notification control in notification shade.
Direct reply in Android Nougat 7.0 lets you quickly reply to a message, directly from within the notification shade. So, you no longer need to launch the app to write a quick response.
Direct reply is not limited to messaging app. It also works with other apps depending on the implementation of app developers.
You can also control notification and set notification importance for individual apps in notification shade. When a notification pops up, you can press and hold it to toggle the settings. For example, you can silence future alerts from the app in the notification itself directly.
You can also set the importance level of an app’s notifications, even including allowing the app to ignore your Do not Disturb (DnD) settings. When you press and hold a notification, you can view the current importance level, and adjust the importance (interruption) level.
Please check this guide on how to use new features of Android Nougat notification panel: bundled notifications, directly reply and notification control.
#9 Android Nougat 7.0 New Features:Direct Boot
Although it is not necessary to reboot Android phones often, you may have to do it when you find the phone is less responsive or after a major update.
The No. 1 complaint for Android rebooting is that it takes too long time.
Now, in Android Nougat, the most annoying screen of Android is optimizing apps is gone. Direct boot will make the rebooting process faster and prioritize some apps.
Before you are directed to lock screen and put in your password, you’ll be able to get important text message and hear your alarm clock ring.
#10 Android Nougat 7.0 New Features: Seamless update
In Android Nougat, OS updates will be downloaded and processed in the background when you are using the phone.
You will get a notification once the udpate is ready. You can then reboot the phone and use the new OS without “upgrading” process hanging on the screen.
The optimizing apps or upgrading apps screen will also disappear because most jobs were finished in the background before rebooting.
#11 Android Nougat 7.0 New Features: Quick Settings bar and Customizable Quick Settings:
In Android Nougat 7.0, quick settings bar was added in the top of notifications so that you can get faster access to most frequently used quick settings tiles directly in the notification shade.
In Samsung phones, this is usually named as quick setting buttons as explained in this page.
Anyway, immediately below the stats bar, you can now find a new quick settings bar. You can access all quick setting tiles by tapping the arrow down button from notification shade directly.
Android Nougat 7.0 also allows you to rearrange quick setting tiles. This a feature graduated from system UI tuner.
Please check this guide on how to customize the quick settings panel in Android Nougat.
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For questions on Android Nougat (Android 7.0 and 7.1), please check Android Nougat guides page.
For questions on Android Marshmallow (Android 6.0), please check Android Marshmallow guide page.
For question on Android Lollipop (Android 5.0 and 5.1), please check Android Lollipop guide page.
For other Android questions or problems, please check Android 101 page.
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