The next Android N-version was released yesterday in an early test release. Our site has taken a look at the new Android version.
No one had seen it coming, since Google yesterday unveiled the next major Android version out of thin air. In spite of this there are still talking about a version with relatively big news, which happens several design changes all around.
Our site have therefore installed the new Android version on a Nexus N-9-tablet and taken a look at the news, which so far have been discovered. Including follows herewith a rundown of the main differences between Android 6.0 Marshmallow and Android N, which you can look forward to when the version is finished once in 3. quarter of 2016.
Two apps open at once
The largest user flademæssige news must be said to be the addition of multi windows or multiple Windows. This means that you can hold your finger down on an app in “LAWFAQS” screen, where you can drag it either to the side or top depending on whether you keep your smartphone or tablet in portrait or landscape mode. When the first app is selected dragged to one part of the screens, you can then select an app for the remainder.
In the Middle you will find a dividing line that you can move on. Apps adapts relatively quickly to the changed screen space, but there is still room for improvement. Apps can find on chopping and blink at that moment to adjust the dividing line, but then it runs smoothly.
If you want out of multi window-mode, you can either keep a new button in the navigation bar instead of “recent apps” under multi window view. You can also push the fold up and down, where the part will be pushed in the direction of, disappears, and the other app smoking back to full screen.
Multi window function requires a few minutes of getting used to, but once you know what the different buttons and FireGestures makes, it is incredibly convenient and has the potential to increase productivity tremendously. Especially when there also is less small improvements such as “drag and drop”-copy/paste function of text.
New design of (now even smarter) notifications
The notifications has been given a new design that is completely white, flat and with sharp edges. At the same time, there is no air between the notifications, and there’s pressure any more text and more icons into them. They are more functional and practical now than before, but perhaps not as readable as in the past.
It can also simply be a matter of getting used to. Basically we are talking about very identical notifications, which acts, as you know it in advance. They can just a little more now. For example, if you get a message in Hangsouts-app, you can click the “reply” button, which brings up a text field directly forward in the notification, in which you can reply to the message. It is smart, easy, and is hopefully something that spread to many more apps over the next few months.
Easy access to hide or block notifications
In Android 5.0 and later, you can already hide and block notifications, if an app bothers you with unnecessary advertising. Now it’s even easier to hide or block a notification. Hold your finger down on just one of the notifications, and three buttons will replace the notification. Press and hold again to return to the notification.
Customize your quick settings fields
By dragging a second time down from the top, after having brought the notifications until you can see the so-called quick settings. In Android you have so far had to make do with the few fields that Google believed there had to be, just as you do not have be able to move around on them.
You can now in Android (N) by pressing the “EDIT” button in the corner of the quick settings panel. Here you can select fields on and off by keeping them down, and in the same way you place them where you want. Developers can in the future also even low fields to the Panel, so for example, you can get a quick shortcut to create a Facebook-lookup – if Facebook implements it. The possibilities are many.
Options gets new design and features
As soon as you open the settings, it is also not to overlook the fact that there have been new. Each button is complemented with an additional line of text that tells the card of the selected option. Without going into the individual settings so you can quickly get an overview of which WiFi network you are connected to, where high brightness is, how many apps you have installed, how much free space you have, etc.
The top of the options also shows useful information such as if you have set the audio mode to “do not disturb”. Prior to this feature, found in the popup, which came to light when you adjusted the volume, but it has moved to the settings now. The same applies if you enable data saving feature, which-as the name indicates-limit your data usage on the go.
Settings can also suggest things that you probably need to set, for example, your own personal background. This is also proposed in the top.
Resize the contents
As something new, you can also customize the content must be of the whole system – just like you know it from your computer. Until now, you could only change the font size, but this new setting can customize all elements.
You can choose from five different sizes – a normal, a minor and three major. It may prove particularly useful if you are visually impaired and need to enlarge all the items a clue. Or conversely, if you find more information on the screen is better. The function is to find inside the Options» Display» display size.
Night mode for the late evening hours
A smartphone or tablet can be quite annoying to use during dark even at the lowest brightness – and especially when menus are white as in the newer Android versions. That is why Android N a night mode, which lies in the so-called “System UI Tuner”-menu for experimental features.
Here you can activate the feature and make all menus black and more pleasant for the eyes. You can also keep the normal colors and instead activate a setting that gives warmer colors, which are also more pleasant to look at.
More advanced file Explorer
With Android, you have an entire file system to dispose of as on a computer. It has so far been rather limited, what you could have in Android without downloading other apps from Play-Shop such as ES File Explorer, unless that have followed a with from the adaptation from your smartphones manufacturer.
In Android however, become something more the N is functional. It is still the same design as in Android 5.0 and 6.0, but now you can copy, paste, create and rename files by going into options» Storage» open.
And many, many more news
This is just the bigger news that has come in Android N. A so great, of course, many more smaller version brings news, changes and features with them. Many of the things are also some, which is not to be able to see visually, but which can be improvements of the service, developer tools, and so on. Of other small things in Android N, you can look forward to:
- Blocking phone calls in the Phone app
- “Restart” and “send feedback” button if the apps stop responding
- Hold your finger down on the flashlight-the shortcut to open the camera
- Updated ART-compiler (no “Android upgrade apps”-screen at initial Setup
- Option for new battery icon in the status bar
- Calibrate colors with RGB-shooting lines
- Doze-battery saving mode even when the phone is in motion
- Drag and drop text to copy and paste
- More notifications from the same app is better connected
- Better support for Java 8
- Picture in picture mode instead of multi window for Android TV