Android N features:
Android N name: Android 7.0 Nougat
Google revealed the official name for Android N is going to be Android Nougat, not Android Nutella, as many had hoped . Based on other clues from Google I/O and in developer previews, we already knew the next major Android version would be Android 7.0
Android N was known internally as New York Cheesecake and during the I/O keynote, users were invited to suggest names for Android N.
All the screenshots and mockups featured at I/O showed the time 7:00– Google’s traditional method of hinting at the next Android version number.
Android Nougat release date:
Google surprised us all by releasing the first Android N developer preview on March 9, two full months earlier than expected.
The final Android 7.0 Nougat release date has been confirmed for Q3, 2016, giving Google until September 30 to make good on its timeline. This means that the Nexus 6P (2016) and Nexus 5X (2016) – or whatever they will be called this year– will be coming a little earlier than expected too, as the new version of Android is always presented alongside new Nexus devices.
Android N Developer Preview 5:
Quick Settings toggle behavior fixed:
In last dev preview, the familiar toggle on/off action for Wi-Fi and Bluetooth in the Quick Settings was removed. In its place, tapping the toggles launched the menu screen for each setting.
Cat-catching Easter Egg:
The Android N Easter Egg is a peculiar cat-catching game based on pre-Pokémon GO-era cat-catching game Neko Atsume . The premise is simple: lay out treats for cats, who will intermittently drop by for a feed. “Catch” them and share with your friends. That seems to be it but we’ll see how this one develops.
App source now shown:
This means that when you tap App Info for a particular app, the OS will display whether it was installed via the Play Store or side-loaded/sourced from a third-party. The feature is likely just there to help developers to diagnose potentially problematic apps from outside Google Play.
New Google Camera with customizable volume button actions:
The new Google Camera 4.1 comes pre-loaded Android N dev preview 5 and it adds new features. First up, customizable volume key actions. This means you can tell the Android OS what you want volume up and down to do while in Google Camera. Choose from zoom, shutter and volume for now.
The three on-screen settings– timer, HDR and flash– now show their options in a full-width view. When accessing previously taken photos, the Google Photos icon has been replaced with an “All Photos” label in the top right hand corner and you can now double tap to zoom in instantly. You can no longer display manual exposure settings.
New Quick Settings options for developers:
This one is likely to vanish before the final Android 7.0 build rolls out, but for now, there are two new options in the Edit menu of the Quick Settings. “Show layout bounds” and “Profile GPU rendering” both now appear as optional tiles.
VR mode options now appear in Display Settings:
While we already knew about Android 7.0’s sustained performance mode for VR, the setting is now showing up in the Display settings in dev preview 5. At the bottom there is now a setting called “When device is in VR mode” with options for “use low motion blur settings” and “do nothing”. Something tells me a teardown will soon reveal further VR mode integration.
Android N will be Android 7.0
We’ve previously mentioned how all the clocks in the screenshots at I/O were set to 7:00– Google’s usual way of telling us what the next Android version number will be.
Recently used emoji removed from Google Keyboard
This isn’t exactly earth-shattering news, but as you probably realize, we’re now at the polishing and fine-tuning stage of Android N, so the changes we see are going to get less sexy the closer we get to go time.. In Dev Preview 4 you’ll have to enable that option in the keyboard settings: the default state no longer shows emoji.
Custom Pointer and other final APIs:
The fourth Dev Preview contains the final Android 7.0 APIs and SDK. One of those final APIs is the Custom Pointer API, which will be utilized by devs to get their apps ready for keyboard and mouse control, essential for Android apps on Chrome OS. API 24 is the new target for developers and they are now able to publish apps supporting API 24 to Google Play in the alpha, beta and production release channels.
Android Auto navigation is broken:
This is hardly a feature, but it has cropped up enough on the Android bug tracker to warrant the attention of the Android team. Remember, Android N is a developer release, so things occasionally get broken. You can rest assured it will be working again by the time your devices get the official Android 7.0 update though.
No more Launcher Shortcuts for Android N:
Launcher Shortcuts– the ability to create custom action shortcuts on your home screen– has officially been axed for Android 7.0.
Multi-Locale Mode for polyglot language support
Android N’s new Multi-Locale Mode aims to address that imbalance by allowing users to add multiple languages in order of priority, so the system can switch from one to the other.
Dark Theme gone yet again, Night Mode remains:
Google has said that Night Mode and the Dark Theme are “very unlikely” to make it into the final Android 7.0 release, but that it hasn’t ruled them out entirely. Apparently, neither feature met Google’s performance standards. In Dev Preview 3, Dark Theme is gone, but Night Mode remains in the Quick Settings.
Google Keyboard themes:
Google giveth and Google taketh away. Just as we lose the beloved Dark Theme for Android as a whole, we gain themes for the Google Keyboard in Android N. Version 5.1 of Google Keyboard adds a bunch of colorful theming options, including the ability to set your own image background.
Multitasking in Android N is an emotional rollercoaster of proportion skin to the Dark Theme. App switching between your two most recent apps by double-tapping the multitasking button remains , but the number of apps will be reduced to seven.Launching multi-window mode in the recents list is now activated by long-pressing an app and dragging it up.You can still enable a swipe-up gesture on the recents button to launch multi-window mode in the System UI Tuner settings.
Other new stuff in Android N:
As mentioned above, the Android N Developer Preview 3 is more about fine-tuning likely Android 7.0 features and removing those unlikely to make the cut. Sadly for fans of the Dark Theme and Night Mode, Launcher Shortcuts, advanced multitasking shortcuts, those funky new folder icons or the shutter button in video mode, it looks like these features may not make the cut.
“Clear All” in Recent Apps menu:
The app switcher has received a new Clear All button in the top left hand corner. The app switching shortcuts that debuted in the first Developer Preview have also changed. You no longer tap the Recents button to “scroll” through apps and entering split-screen mode is also different: you either long-press the Recents button when in a full-screen app or you long-press an app in the Recents list and drag it to the left.
Lock screen Quick Reply:
You know how the last preview introduced Quick Reply direct from the notification shade? Well, this preview takes it one step further by allowing you to reply to notifications direct from the lock screen. Just got to Settings > Notifications > Settings > On the lock screen to set your preference.
Launcher shortcuts on the home screen:
Android N allows apps to define action-specific shortcuts which can be displayed in the launcher. These launcher shortcuts let your users quickly start common or recommended tasks within your app. Each shortcut contains an intent, which links the shortcut to a specific action in your app.
Your app can create up to five dynamic shortcuts. When users perform a gesture over your app’s launcher icon, these shortcuts appear. By dragging the shortcuts onto the launcher, users can make persistent copies of the shortcu