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(Updated: Dev Preview 5 added) Android 7.0 Nougat features overview

by: Kris CarlonJuly 18, 2016
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The Android N developer preview gives us a sneak peek into what Android Nougat will look like when it officially arrives later this year. Of course, developer previews quite often contain features that won’t make it to the final release but there’s still plenty to get excited about, so let’s dive right in. Here are all the Android 7.0 Nougat features from the latest Android N preview updates as well as others we expect to see in future. Please note that some features have been officially confirmed by Google, while others, “confirmed” by the developer preview, could still disappear before Android 7.0 arrives in September.

Update: The fifth and final preview of Android N is now available. Android N developer preview 5 provides “near-final” system images, an emulator for devs testing apps targeted at API 24 and more. See below for the user-facing breakdown.

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Confirmed Android Nougat 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 (just check the comments under Google’s tweet for confirmation). 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 but now we can confirm it is Android 7.0 Nougat.

At one point Sundar Pichai had said he’d ask his mother or let fans vote for the official Android N name and, true to form, Google did a Google Opinions Rewards poll on dessert names starting with the letter ‘N’. 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. The same time appeared in demo mode in Dev Preview 4 (see below).

Android Nougat release date

Rather than wait until Google I/O 2016, Google decided to surprise us all by releasing the first Android N developer preview on March 9, two full months earlier than expected. The Android N preview went live for the Nexus 6P, Nexus 5X, Nexus 6, Nexus 9 (Wi-Fi and LTE), Nexus Player and Pixel C on the Android Developers site. The first beta release candidate appeared during Google I/O on May 18, 2016.

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 Easter egg Namey McNameface

 

Android N logo AASee also: The Android N update schedule84

The Nexus 4 was announced on October 29, the Nexus 5 on October 31, the Nexus 6 on October 15, the Nexus 5X and 6P on September 29. So we might even see this year’s Nexuses earlier in September rather than the end of the month if the progressively earlier announcement dates are anything to go by.

The final Android 7.0 release will be limited to Nexus devices at first and make its way to other manufacturer devices and carrier networks over the following six months or so. You can download the Android N preview below and flash it on a compatible device right now but be sure to consult the list of known issues first. Google successfully stuck to its monthly update schedule for the Android Nougat previews.

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Android N Developer Preview 5:

Quick Settings toggle behavior fixed

As you may recall, in the 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. This, naturally, infuriated Android users everywhere to such a frightening degree that Google immediately promised to fix it. That has happened in dev preview 5 and we can all sleep easily at night once again.

Cat-catching Easter Egg

While this isn’t exactly the most significant thing to be found in the fifth and final dev preview, it is the most fun. The Android N Easter Egg is a peculiar cat-catching game based on pre-Pokémon GO-era cat-catching game Neko Atsume (Neko meaning “cat” in Japanese). The premise is simple: lay out treats for cats, who will intermittently drop by (in your notifications) for a feed. “Catch” them and share with your friends. That seems to be it (for now) but we’ll see how this one develops.

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App source now shown in App info

While the functionality has been laying dormant in Android for a long time, dev preview 5 now surfaces the source information for apps. 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 site like Amazon. The feature is likely just there to help technicians or developers diagnose potentially problematic apps sourced from outside Google Play.

New Google Camera with customizable volume button actions

The new Google Camera 4.1 comes pre-loaded on Android N dev preview 5 and it adds a couple of nice new features. First up, csutomizable 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.

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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.

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More to come…


Android N Developer Preview 4:

Quick Settings toggle changes

For some strange reason, Google decided to change the Quick Settings toggle action when pressed once. Previously, tapping a toggle would turn a setting on or off straight away. In Dev Preview 4, it takes you to a mini settings menu instead (the same one previously accessed by tapping the word Wi-Fi or Bluetooth under their respective icon). This is a strange decision and one not likely to be very popular with users. (Update: Google has now confirmed it will change the Quick Settings toggle action back to the way it was – and should be.

Namey McNameface Easter Egg

If you remember the discussion at Google I/O 2016 about crowdsourcing the official Android N name, you will probably remember the joke Dave Burke made about not calling it Namey McNameface (hopefully you know the Boaty McBoatface story or the joke will be lost on you). Well, in Android N Developer Preview 4, the Easter Egg now shows a big old N emblazoned with Namey McNameface. The official name may now be Android Nougat, but it’s still pretty funny.

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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. Well, we’ve now pretty much had Android 7.0 confirmed: if you turn on Demo Mode in the Android N preview 4 you’ll see that the time is set to 7:00 as well.

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 3, recently used emoji would appear in the suggested word field of the symbol tab in the Google Keyboard. In Dev Preview 4 you’ll have to enable that option in the keyboard settings: the default state no longer shows emoji.

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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.

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Android N Developer Preview 3:

Sustained Performance Mode

The idea behind Sustained Performance Mode (SPM) APIs in Android N is to allow developers to self-identify apps that need to run at high intensity for long durations, like VR apps or hi-res games. Using the SPM API allows devs to set performance levels that are sustainable for the duration without totally destroying the CPU and battery. For now, only the Nexus 6P supports SPM APIs in Dev Preview 3, but we expect that number to expand in the fourth developer preview.

Seamless updates

This is one of the cooler features coming up in Android N. Instead of being required to download an Android update, install it and reboot, Android N will automatically download and install it on a secondary partition. The next time you reboot your device, Android will switch partitions and you’ll have the latest Android version without having to labor through the updating process yourself. The JIT compiler also means you’ll no longer see the “Android is upgrading” screen following a reboot either.

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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. The Google Developers Blog release notes on Dev Preview 3 confirm it won’t appear until a future Android release and that the API will be removed in the next developer preview.

Multi-Locale Mode for polyglot language support

Multi-lingual Android users have always struggled with the rather limited support for more than one language in Android. 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 when necessary. Apps that don’t support the primary language will simply drop to the next on the priority list.

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Dark Theme gone yet again, Night Mode remains

We have no idea what’s going on with Google and Android’s Dark Theme. It first appeared back in the Android M developer previews but never made it to Marshmallow proper. It then resurfaced in Android N with multiple impressive advancements but is now gone, yet again.

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.

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More changes to multitasking

Multitasking in Android N is an emotional rollercoaster of proportions akin to the Dark Theme. The first Dev Preview had a bunch of new multitasking options (see below), some of which were removed in Dev Preview 2. In Dev Preview 3 things change again. App switching between your two most recent apps by double-tapping the multitasking button remains (thank heavens), but the number of apps will be reduced to seven.

The “Clear All” button at the top of the card stack has mysteriously switched sides: from left in Preview 2 to right in preview 3. Launching multi-window mode in the recents list is now activated by long-pressing an app and dragging it up rather than left in Dev Preview 2. You can still enable a swipe-up gesture on the recents button to launch multi-window mode in the System UI Tuner settings.

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Other new stuff in Android N (Dev Preview 3)

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.

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Android N Developer Preview 2:

New folder icons

The first thing anyone installing Developer Preview 2 will notice is the new-look folder icons on the home screen. They don’t do anything functionally different to the old folder icon style, they simply show partial app icons through a circular “window”. If you have three apps in the folder you’ll see them in a pyramid formation, while even numbers appear in a grid orientation. (Update: these folder icons have now been removed.)

“Clear All” in Recent Apps menu

The app switcher has received a new Clear All button in the top left hand corner. When I say top left hand corner, I mean it. You won’t see it at the top of the multitasking card stack unless you’re at the first card in the stack (i.e. the “oldest” app in the list). There’s also a new image shown when the app switcher is empty.

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 (there’s no countdown timer either) 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.

Android N Developer Preview 2 home screen folders recent apps clear all

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.

Remember, privacy is obviously a great concern here, so be careful. Once enabled, anyone that picks up your phone is able to Quick Reply to any installed app that supports the feature, and that could be dangerous. A granular option for enabling individual apps would be a much better idea than this blanket approach.

Android N Developer Preview 2 lock screen quick reply notification

Launcher shortcuts on the home screen

If you’re at all familiar with Action Launcher or Nova Launcher, then you’d also be familiar with the idea of app shortcuts or actions based on gestures. The idea is pretty straightforward: tap the app icon on a home screen to launch it or swipe it to instantly launch an app-related task, like emailing your regular, WhatsApping your bestie or composing a new tweet.

The Android N Developer Preview 2 has also (kind of) introduced this idea to stock Android. The reason I say “kind of” is because although the feature is there it’s brand new, so no apps have yet taken advantage of it. Here’s what Google has to say about launcher shortcuts in its Android N documentation:

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 shortcuts, called pinned shortcuts. Users can create an unlimited number of pinned shortcuts for each app.

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Camera changes

The camera interface is slightly different with some new icons and you can now take photos while recording video via a dedicated shutter button above the recording button. (Update: the shutter button has disappeared in Dev Preview 3.) Shooting photos on HDR mode is much faster than it used to be and Slow Motion has re-appeared in the hamburger menu navigation drawer.

Unicode 9.0 emoji support

The new Android N Developer Preview 2 also introduces Unicode 9.0 emoji, which are so new they haven’t even been announced yet. Besides a bunch of fun new emoji, Unicode 9.0 also “humanizes” many of its emoji, as opposed to the familiar cartoonish emoji in previous versions of Unicode.

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Other new stuff in Android N (Dev Preview 2)

Vulkan is a sexy new 3D Rendering API that promises to manage multiple cores in an even more efficient and fluid manner. Android N dev preview 2 now supports the Vulkan API so developers can start getting their apps ready.

In the Quick Settings there’s a new toggle for the calculator. While some will find this convenient it is a little out of place, because it serves as a shortcut to the full app. It also doesn’t serve as a toggle at all, because there’s nothing to turn on or off or any further menu items to be accessed.

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What else? Landscape mode rotation now works on both the home screen and in the app drawer. Night Mode now works automatically. You can set a wallpaper to your home screen, lock screen or both. There’s also a new setup screen called “Anything else?” and a redesigned Emergency Info app.

Google has also made the drag and drop options for app icons more consistent. When dragging apps on the home screen the top options will be Remove and Uninstall and from the app drawer they will be Cancel and Uninstall. Both actions now include an App Info option at the bottom of the screen. (Update: The App Info shortcut doesn’t appear in Dev Preview 3.)

Android N Developer Preview 2 home screen drag options notification urgency

Apps with sensitive content (like password managers) will no longer show a preview in the Recent Apps list. You can pinch the home screen to access the home screen management overview and there is a slight change to the priority settings for apps in the notifications. There are now six options for setting the urgency of an app’s notifications, from Blocked to Urgent Importance.

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Android N Developer Preview 1:

Multi-window mode

The first official Android N feature to be confirmed was multi-window mode, with the confirmation coming, obscurely enough, via a Reddit AMA with the Pixel C team a few months back. During the discussion, Andrew Bowers confirmed that “split screen is in the works” and with the release of Android N developer preview 1, we can now see exactly how Android 7.0 split screen mode will look.

Compatible apps (developers will need to add support for split screen mode individually) can be opened up side-by-side in Android N and resized with a movable slider. You can drag and drop text between split screen windows and go full screen by dragging the slider all the way to the edge.

Developers will be able to set a minimum size for their app windows but you’ll have a very similar multitasking experience to what you already find on many OEM devices. There’s also a new picture-in-picture mode for Android TV that works just like minimized video in YouTube.

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Enhanced Doze Mode

As predicted, everybody’s favorite Marshmallow feature, Doze Mode, has also been improved in Android N. Doze now features a two-tier system. The first operates whenever the screen has been off for a while, whether your phone is stationary or not. This means you can now enjoy the benefits of Doze Mode anytime your phone is not being used, even when it is in your pocket or backpack. The other layer of Doze Mode works as before, but with some more improvements. When your phone is lying still, it will enter a deeper hibernation mode, deferring network and other activity until widely spaced-out “maintenance” windows before slipping back to sleep.

Freeform window mode

One feature that’s not officially part of the Android N developer preview right now is freeform window mode. As an unofficial part of a developer preview for an Android version that won’t arrive officially until six months from now, it is far from ready for prime time, but it works pretty much as you’d expect it to. You can launch multiple apps at the one time, resize them and move them around the screen however you like. Drag and drop text is also supported in freeform window mode.

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New Android N settings menu

Android N delivers a revamped settings menu too. The changes include the addition of a Suggestions drop-down section at the top and removal of the individual section dividers. One of the best changes though is that you can now see basic details of each section in the main Settings menu. So, for example, rather than have to enter the Wi-Fi menu to see which network you’re connected to, Android N displays that information in the top-level settings menu. It’s an obvious time-saving idea and is kind of surprising it has taken this long to appear. Sound and Notifications have now been given their own dedicated sections too, rather than being grouped together like in Marshmallow.

The hamburger menu returns and has now been explained, providing a swipe-out nav drawer that simply reproduces the top-level settings menu sections. While it’s debatable if it is any better than just tapping the back arrow when you’re one level into a menu, it will provide a quick escape route to the main settings when you’re several levels down in sub-menus. Of course, the presence of the hamburger menu in Android N also does away with the duplicated actions of the back arrow in the settings and the back arrow in the nav bar.

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Revamped Quick Settings panel

Both the notification shade and quick settings panel have received some interface tweaks in the newest version of Android. You’ll now see a thin strip of toggles at the top of the notifications shade for frequently used things like Wi-Fi, Do Not Disturb, battery and the flashlight. Some of these can be toggled on and off directly, while others will take you to a sub-menu (long-pressing the flashlight will launch the camera).

A small arrow at the right hand side will open up the full Quick Settings panel. Quick Settings is now paginated and you can edit which icons appear at the top of the notifications shade and Google has added new System UI Tuner options for Quick Settings like Night Mode and offered developers the ability to create their own custom Quick Settings icons.

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Redesigned notifications shade

The notifications shade itself has also been revamped, with the main change being the removal of distinct cards. Android’s notifications area is now flatter than ever, with just a thin line separating individual notifications although when you swipe down the Quick Settings, the cards will stack as before. Profile pics from your contacts now appear on the right rather than the left and app icons have been minimized.

You also get a lot more information in each card compared to Marshmallow and there’s a new grouped notifications API that allows apps to bundle notifications together. Best of all though is the ability to respond to notifications directly from within the notifications shade (Hangouts already supports Android N’s Quick Reply function).

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Change display size in Android N

Android N also allows you to change the display size on your device, also known as changing your display’s DPI setting. Simply go to Settings> Display > Display Size and slide the slider to change the size of on-screen content.

Faster app optimization in Android N

Following the switch to Android Runtime (ART) in Android Lollipop from the decrepit Dalvik runtime used in KitKat and before, some users have become tired of the amount of time it takes to optimize apps following an Android update. Upon first boot, the ART optimizes all apps using Ahead-of-Time compilation (whereby apps are compiled once – at boot – and then effectively launch faster from there on out).

In Android N however, things have changed again. Now, rather than at first boot, apps are compiled Just-in-Time (JIT) the first time you launch them and are then stored in memory for faster launches next next time. This means faster reboots every time and no more “android is upgrading” screen after a reboot.

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Recent apps and multitasking in Android N

The recent apps menu in Android N has also been revised and improved, with larger cards in the recent apps stack and new functionality. As usual, tapping the square button will bring up a cascade of your most recently used apps. But if you double tap the square button instead you’ll quickly switch between your current app and the one you used last.

While you’re in the recent apps list, tapping the recent apps button again will cycle you through your most recently used apps one by one (as opposed to swiping through the list) and if you let the small countdown slider beneath the app bar expire, the app will go full-screen. Long-pressing the recent apps button will launch multi-window mode, as you can see in the video below.

(Update: These last two features are disabled in Developer Preview 2. Cycling through Recent Apps is back to normal and you now enter split-screen mode by either long-pressing an app in the app switcher and dragging it to the left or by holding down the Recent Apps button while in another app.)

New Data Saver feature in Android N

Android N is also trying to help you take even more control than you already have over data usage by adding a new Data Saver feature. When the setting is enabled, it will stop background syncing from occurring except when connected to Wi-Fi. Not only will Data Saver block background activity from chewing up your data allowance, it also attempts to limit the amount of data apps use in the foreground as well. Fortunately, you can also whitelist specific apps you want syncing as per usual while still making general use of Data Saver mode.

Dark Mode returns in Android N!

All hail the return of Dark Mode! Or as it is called in Android N, Night Mode. Following its removal form the Android M preview builds last year, a lot of us have been waiting a long time to see the return of a dark mode in stock Android. The Android team has made it worth the wait though, by not just offering a dark system-wide theme, but also adding some cool new features too, like tint control to limit the amount of blue light in your display (great for allowing you to sleep after playing on your phone late at night).

Night Mode can be enabled automatically at certain times of day and there’s an automatic brightness limiting option as well. This was definitely worth waiting for. (Update: Night Mode works automatically in Developer Preview 2.)

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Improved call screening and number blocking

Android N attempts to improve on the multiple different methods manufacturers have come up with over the years to block certain numbers or screen calls by baking a standard into the latest version of Android. Like fingerprint support and multi-window mode, this means that these rather essential processes should become more consistent across devices and manufacturers because they are a stock feature of Android rather than a later addition.

Put emergency info on your lock screen

This is one of those good ideas that probably won’t get appreciated as much as it should be. Android N now has a setting that allows you to provide a link to your emergency information on your lock screen, including your name, blood type, address, allergies and other essential information that may be required if you find yourself in an accident and unable to communicate. It isn’t in the best location yet (but this could easily change in future Android N previews)and it’s not necessarily the kind of information you’d want being available to anyone that might steal your phone. but it’s a step in the right direction at least.

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Android Beta Program

One of the niftiest Android N features is the appearance of the Android Beta Program, which takes the flashing hassle out of getting early access to developer previews of Android. Simply sign up for the program and add the device or devices on which you’d like to receive beta versions of Android and you’ll get over-the-air updates rather than having to flash factory images.

The Android Beta Program takes the flashing hassle out of getting early access to developer previews of Android.

It’s kind of the lazy man’s developer preview installation method, but it also means more everyday folks can flash developer previews and help identify bugs prior to the final release. However, if you’re not already the type of person that is comfortable flashing factory images you might want to think twice about signing up, as preview builds are buggy, incomplete and occasionally unstable, so they’re not really fit for daily driver status. Also, if you flash the factory image, you won’t receive the monthly OTA preview updates.

Moving to OpenJDK from Java APIs

Following a sticky situation with Oracle over “rewritten” Java APIs , Google will officially be making the switch to OpenJDK in Android N. It’s still Oracle code, but OpenJDK is, as the name, suggests, part of the open-source Java Development Kit. As Google confirmed: “we plan to move Android’s Java language libraries to an OpenJDK-based approach, creating a common code base for developers to build apps and services.” The change should make development for Android N that much simpler and external changes will be negligible.

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Other new stuff in Android N (Dev Preview 1)

It doesn’t take long for developers and modders to get stuck into new Android releases and Android N has been no different. Features have been scraped, vulnerabilities identified, tweaks enabled and undercurrents noticed. Here are just a few tidbits of what’s been happening since Android N arrived

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Confirmed Android N features:

Project Tango and Daydream VR support

No surprises here either. Following the official announcement of Daydream VR and updates on Project Tango at Google I/O 2016, we now know that both platforms will be officially supported in Android 7.0. We’ll just have to wait a little while longer to see exactly how they get implemented.

New messaging app – Allo and Duo

Prior to Google I/O, multiple rumors circulated regarding a new messaging app based on the Rich Communications Services (RCS) platform. RCS allows for much more than just talk and text to be shuttled around, including video chat, file sharing and instant messaging. During I/O, Google announced Allo and Duo, companion messaging and video chat apps scheduled to arrive later this year and ship with Android N. Allo will be the first home for the new Google Assistant.

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Rumored Android N features:

Stock stylus support

As we previously reported, Samsung may have hinted at stock stylus support in Android N by planning to retire several of the main S Pen features from its Look API. The Samsung developers page makes the notation that these features “will be deprecated in Android N” – a term used to describe a soon-to-be-obsolete feature. The natural assumption is that these stylus features will appear in stock Android 7.0. The same thing happened with battery saving in Lollipop and fingerprint support in Marshmallow.

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Improved Smart Lock for Passwords

Android Marshmallow introduced Smart Lock for Passwords, a basic Google password manager that can store your app passwords so that any time you re-install an app you will be automatically logged in. Combined with Android’s revitalised app backup, the idea is that the whole process of setting up a new device is seamless. The only problem is that not that many apps support Smart Lock for passwords yet so its value is still largely underutilized. With any luck, Android N will see a lot more apps supporting the feature.

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No Android N app drawer

Prior to MWC 2016 we were told that Android N would ditch the app drawer, one of Android’s most iconic features. Then, during the show, the evidence started piling up, with the LG G5 and HTC One X9 arriving without an app drawer and the Galaxy S7 having an option to remove it. While the new Xperia X range does have an app drawer, Sony’s Marshmallow concept provides a “classic” and “modern” view – with and without the app drawer.

We’re very happy to see the app drawer is present and accounted for in the Android N developer preview, and while we can’t guarantee it will stay there, at this stage it certainly looks like our worse fears have been laid to rest. Now, we simply have to figure out why so many Android OEMs seem to have it in for the feature in their current flagships?

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Chrome OS integration

Last year The Wall Street Journal “confirmed” that Android and Chrome OS would be merged, only to have Google set the record straight soon after. While the initial report claimed that Chrome OS would be killed off, Google responded by saying it was fully committed to Chrome OS and the platform was “here to stay” but that it is looking at “ways to bring together the best of both operating systems.” Following Google I/O, we now know that Android apps will soon be available on Chrome OS.

Did we miss anything? Let us know what Android N features you’re expecting or looking forward to in the comments.

Read next: All the Google I/O 2016 announcements

  • vmxr

    having a choose between dark theme and light theme would be nice

  • Rameez

    Double Tap?

  • dk

    vulkan api?

    • Ricko

      It is still on developement

      • GreaterLesser

        The Vulkan API should be complete by the end of summer at the latest – Just in time that it could be included in Android N before it’s official release. Though there is no official here say, Vulkan might be completed before then to match the launch date of AMD’s new GPUs.

      • It will be ready in the upcoming months, there is time for Android N release :D

      • ConCal

        So is N ,so likely it will arrive with N.

    • Diego

      probably.

    • PlanetVaster

      1.0 was released a couple days ago :)

  • HeatFan786

    Stylus support would be nice, but it is more than just having mere support. The software has to implement it in some useful ways. I am not going to use a stylus just for the sake of having the ability to tap on a screen. Samsung is the leader for stylus support right now.

    • calden74

      There are already third-party apps that give out this info, Android also has a battery chart that reveals which apps are the problematic ones. Using permissions you can pretty much nip everything battery draining in the butt. The last thing we want is for Android to stop allowing apps to run in the background, this isn’t iOS. You can also completely switch this off already under development settings, you can even limit the amount of apps running in the background by a certain number, mine is set to 5.

  • robert johnson

    how about work on the camera software. It’s very basic in my opinion. It should have a little more features, like pause while recording, and easy access to camera adjustments.

    • The camera is just an app, they could update it at any time. I agree though that it’s severely lacking in features and quality.

      • charlos64

        I think the camera app depends on an API. The API has been updated since lollipop. Maybe they want to support old Android versions.

    • Sebastian Nuñez Del Prado

      I’ve had pause while recording for years. But then again I’ve had Samsung phones. So there’s always more features.

    • dimitris aspetakis

      I would do almost anything to get a manual mode for the stock camera app. Oh, and better EIS ???

    • Ettercap

      Wow yea I’ve had top tier Samsung devices for so long I forgot your average android device doesn’t have these features… pause while recording, manual mode in the stock camera app, a modern UI all things a modern Samsung phone has.

      Even my Galaxy S3 has Native Multi-Window, stock Android is just now getting this feature? I got my Galaxy S3 in 2012 that’s freaking 4 years ago.

      I’m sorry but how are many of these new features?

    • Jeffry Suputra

      this is for smartphone, that mean it will take care almost everything automatically. if you want a manual mode for your smartphone camera app, why you dont just go buy a DSLR, nad well my xperia doing great with its camera it has manual mode but its not fully manual, and it works great

  • Diego

    I think I will buy a nexus just to try the beta.
    Looks damn cool if ya ask me.

  • wicketr

    PLEASE give better control for sandboxing apps that run in the background that have NO reason to have background tasks running. Also allow us to more easily tell which apps are causing wakelocks and causing battery drain. Too many apps like Facebook appear to be fine, but are hiding their CPU/battery draining traits in Android. Shine a light on those rats!!

  • Matt

    Really hoping that Google Messenger gets support for instant messaging and simply recognises others by phone number or email address.

    • GreaterLesser

      I hope it gets the delayed messaging feature that’s so popular in other 3rd party SMS/MMS apps

    • Sammy Phillips

      Yes. SMS is so outdated.

  • Erik Garcia

    “Everybody’s talkin about Android N & I’m still here waiting for marshmallow on my Note 5….”

    • reallydude?

      The joys of the Android market. Too bad that Google can’t tighten the reigns a little and require OEMs to update more frequently :/

      • Marty

        Here’s how that might go:

        Google:
        Umm…sir…umm…could you…umm…I mean…umm…maybe could you…umm…probably…umm…update your software…umm…maybe, I think…umm…more sooner often…umm…if you want…umm…but no big deal…umm…maybe?

        Samsung:
        NO! Shut up!

        Google:
        Ohh, okay…umm…no problem…I think. Thanks.

        • Diego

          comment of the year.

        • Dominick Oranika

          Definitely comment of the year, lmfao

        • Blue Cao

          Def comment of the year. haha

          Though Jobs didn’t have to worry about that problem.

      • DDD

        When so much of their income comes from Android being run on other OEM’s phones, Google has little leverage.

        • reallydude?

          I understand that, that’s why I said too bad they can’t. They especially have little leverage since it is an open source platform.

        • Marty

          Umm…just exactly what income are you referring to? Google only charges a license fee to use its proprietary apps. And Google doesn’t sell Android…it’s free to all.

          Other than ad revenue in the search app and their Play services apps, there really isn’t much income from Android.

          • DDD

            You completely missed the point. Completely. I never mentioned how much they got from Android, but what percentage they get from other OEMS.

          • Marty

            How?

          • DDD

            I literally just stated it.

          • Marty

            So you are saying Google earns monies from Samsung, Sony, LG, HTC and all other OEMs that make and sell Android devices? If that is what you are saying, my question is: What is the money coming to Google for?

          • DDD

            Wow. Google makes money through Android and most Android devices are owned by other OEMs.

          • Marty

            The only money Google makes through Android is advertising revenue…in Google’s own apps.

          • DDD

            Is it still not through Android?

          • Marty

            Yes, of course, through Android.

          • DDD

            So, your confusion about what I initially said is what exactly?

          • Marty

            No confusion. But, since you didn’t let it go but chose to antagonize, there is no “percentage” as you called it, as though Google makes money directly from the Android OS usage by OEMs.

            Google makes money from the advertisements placed in Android apps, not in Android phones. This ad revenue is not OEM dependant. Google doesn’t charge OEMs any fee for each ad placed. An advertiser contracts with Google to place an ad in one or more of Google’s apps, but not in specific OEM Android devices.

            What you alluded to was OEMs paying Google a “percentage” as though Google was charging a fee or even a set amount. They are not, other than to use Google’s proprietary apps…and I’ve read they have discontinued even that small fee. Google doesn’t get this fee on each Android device sold. The fee is to the OEM, and only as a license just once.

          • DDD

            I chose to actually try to explain myself, not antagonize. Your comprehension skills are either piss poor.

            If the other OEM’s switch to another OS, Google loses all the ad revenue they currently get from them. The only phone that one could argue belongs to Google is the Nexus line and they don’t make up a large part of the Android market. They’d have pretty much nothing. So if they try to do anything vast, OEMs like Samsung can threaten to switch to another OEM, leaving Google with nothing.

            You really should learn to read, before trying to sound like a smartass.

          • Marty

            This is the last thing I’m going to say on the matter so read well. Google doesn’t make ad revenue from OEMs. Never did, never will. Google makes ad revenue from advertisers. Ads are placed in Google services like the Play Store, Search and so forth. Those services are in devices running Android. If Samsung stopped making Android devices, Google wouldn’t lose any ad revenue because Google already has all the monies they charged from advertisers. Google doesn’t charge OEMs for anything.

            If you choose to respond with insults and a childish, impertinent attitude, I won’t be replaying back.

          • DDD

            Advertisers pay according to the user base they reach. An advertiser won’t pay the same amount if Android’s user base drops drastically. An ad being shown on a local station in a small town won’t be near the cost of one on a national station.

            Frankly, I don’t care if that’s the last thing you say. You keep yapping about OEMs paying Google directly or Google charging OEMs, when I never said they did. When you keep responding with your ridiculous condescending attitude, I’ll have no problem with you not saying anything. I’d rather deal with someone who isn’t going to attack a strawman despite me explaining/offering to explain my argument.

          • Dang ol’ boomhauer man

            The particulars of the operating systems of web users has no meaning or impact to advertising.
            An ad is an ad whether it is displayed in Chrome, Internet Explorer or goddamn Safari.
            The number of Android users has nothing to do with ad revenue

          • DDD

            I know the browser doesn’t matter. That’s not exactly what I was referring to. The ad revenue they get from Android can be separated from the revenue coming from non-Android devices.

          • Dang ol’ boomhauer man

            Google doesn’t really care if Samsung uses their OS or not.

            It’s like this: you can run Android, or you can run Windows. Lol
            iOS belongs to Apple, so good luck using that. Windows mobile has no apps and only has a customer base of 5% of the world. So what now Samsung?

            Ohhhh are you going to switch to Tizen?

          • Hans Pedersen

            Oracle “accidentally” leaked info that Google has made something like a 22 billion dollar profit from Android so far. I think Google is happy with how Android is set up at the moment; zero liability, massive income.

          • Neil Sugarbush

            Actually that leak, while it sounds large, highlighted how very little Google was making on the Android ecosystem.

          • Hans Pedersen

            Yup, $22 billions in pure profits on software they’re practically giving away… I would hate being in that boat.

        • devilreaper

          Google doesn’t make that much money on the android software side of things. As a matter of fact Microsoft makes money off android more than google. Some weird copyright or patent thing I guess. Not really sure about whether it is true or not.

        • Dominick Oranika

          Why can’t google be like cyanogenmod? optional updates every single day. More features than google feeds us

          • DDD

            Well Google has to work on Android itself. CM only has to work on extra features on top of Android.

        • Which (again) speaks to the prescience that Steve Jobs had. He recognized that ceding even an OUNCE of control to manufacturers or service providers would destroy rollout of new and meaningful features.

          It’s a shame people had (or still have) such a hard on against the guy, because time and again, history has proven him not only right, but damn near clairvoyant.

          • DDD

            The thing is, he didn’t just take control from service providers, he took it away from users also. iOS is bolted down.
            I’m a fan of customization. None of my devices remain stock unless I’m forced to, which would be the case with an iPhone. Plus, only being able to get the option of two devices with iOS sucks.

        • Neil Sugarbush

          Sadly, most of Google’s income comes from ad revenues. Android could wash up and go away tomorrow with very little impact on their bottom line.

      • yankeesusa

        Supposedly they will be tightening control in the next version.

        • Dominick Oranika

          we’ll see. unless you have a galaxy note 5 then you’ll see. two years from now.

      • FG11

        Both Android and iOS are pretty much useless and boring. Plus pretty much laggy. Oh come on. Very well. How about if they put an address to their phones more. Like iPhone6SLaggy or Samsung S7EdgeLaggy. Pretty da mn useless.

      • FG11

        I feel really regretful for buying such crappy high?-end? Phones? Really? You call that High?. Maybe a High Laggy-end phone probably.

    • Terrence Thompkins

      A lot of these coming features are already in your Note 5. LOL

    • Jillxz

      Yep and I’m still waiting. This is why my next phone will be an iPhone

      • God Father

        Don’t do that. You’ll regret. When an Android user is given an iPhone, it just feels a piece of unusable crap. Instead go for a nexus flagship like nexus 6p and you’ll get updates first on your phone.

        • Gideon Waxfarb

          So if I want a real Android flagship that gets timely updates, I’m reduced to ONE phone (or maybe two if you count the Moto X Pure) that is a whale.

          Wonderful.

          • PlanetVaster

            Yeah, and if you want iPhone you have 1 phone so same :P

          • Gideon Waxfarb

            Well, at least the one iPhone I have to choose from isn’t a half-assed, mid-range device.

          • Dang ol’ boomhauer man

            Lol. Did you mean to say that the other way around?
            I’m confused, seeing as the iPhone STILL has a dual core processor, only 2 GB RAM and JUST NOW getting a 1080p display whereas every other flagship had 2K displays and 3-4 GB RAM a year ago

          • Sean Koppie

            hey! the iphone got nfc with the iphone 6 they are catching up :P

          • monsterdonutkid

            Hardly relevant. On-paper specs are only as good as daily usage. Apple devices have been reported to perform well despite the seemingly low-end hardware. If that works from them, then it’s all good. I’ve never owned anything iOS by the way. I’ve been an Android guy since the contemporaneous events The Fall of Nokia and The Death of Symbian.

      • Monty

        Oh Marshmallow in your next iPhone? :O

      • SnakeSplitskin

        Why are you waiting? If you have a Samsung phone that means you already have all the features that Marshmallow could provide. There’s absolutely no reason you would have to upgrade other than the fact that you could boast having the latest Android version which is totally meaningless

        • Airyl

          There’s plenty of reasons to want an update.

          • SnakeSplitskin

            Yes, there were so many that you couldn’t name a single one that’s actually relevant.

      • Airyl

        Ew.

    • calden74

      Why haven’t you installed Cynoganmod 13 yet, first you’ll get updates for at least 5 years, something that Samsung will never do as your lucky if you get 2 updates in the entire life of the phone, their just absolutely horrible at this. CM 13 is a lot faster, requires literally half the memory foot print as TouchWiz, doesn’t include the almost 2GB of useless apps and other files Samsung includes in their phones, you have a switch to turn root on and off at will, the list of disadvantages just keeps going. Ditch TouchWiz, install CM 13, finally get your Marshmallow treat, the S5 will most likely ever get an update. Yes, Samsung announced it however if history shows us anything, Samsung will most likely not come through on the promise. They announced a Lollipop, friggen Lollipop, update for my Tab Pro 10.1 last January, it’s now Febuary 2016. Though I’ve already moved on to CM and couldn’t be happier, if you still want some of those Samsung apps, you can install them later as all of the binaries are available. Touchwiz is an absolute horrid Android build.

      • Necdet Ali Özdür

        Cyanogenmod isn’t officially available for Exynos powered devices.

      • Obi Alfred

        How sway? We can put CM on these devices.

      • Sean Koppie

        you have to trip knox and lose Samsung pay to install that. you lose all the samsung gimmicky features as well some that are actually pretty cool. I have cm13 on my g3 but i will not be putting it on my s7. For older phones that are slowing down yes its the way to go.

      • SnakeSplitskin

        What idiot is going to go looking for Cynogenmod for their specific device? No one is looking to buy CM. If they were it would already be installed on phones.

      • Say What??

        I love CM13 but the last device I’ve had where it was actually even 95% stable was on my Droid X.

    • ConCal

      “Next time get a Nexus” -that should be the Nexus Marketing slogan.

      • Gaspar Inostroza Perez

        That’s actually not a bad slogan, lol.

      • SnakeSplitskin

        Why? If you have Samsung you already have all the features that unreleased Nexus phones will have

        • Airyl

          Because Nexus devices are fantastic.

          • SnakeSplitskin

            So fantastic that they’ve consistently outsold every other phone since the inception of the Nexus program. Oh wait, Nexus has never outsold anything.

            How about, Nexus devices are so fantastic that Google has to keep stealing features from other OEMs in order to play catch-up and yet they’re still behind (Galaxy phones). Yeh, that’s more accurate.

          • Dominick Oranika

            still fantastic…

          • denNorske

            It’s not called stealing features – it’s called implementing them for everyone -stock.
            By doing so the OEM’ may focus on their brand-specific stuff instead of the stuff that already has been implemented? :)

          • SnakeSplitskin

            LOL. Split screen was a brand specific feature. You couldn’t get it any where else but Samsung. So yes, Android has definitely stolen this feature. Stylus feature? Yes, that also has been stolen. Samsung’s Note line was the only place you could find this feature. What’s next, edge features? This has nothing to do with making features available for all OEMs and has everything to do with Google attempting to keep their Nexus phone relevant.

          • gywghhb

            And LG and other OEMs

          • SnakeSplitskin

            Um, allow me to qualify. By “split-screen” I meant multi-window. With LG you can only have 2 apps show at once. I don’t believe OEM’s other than Samsung have multi-window. In my opinion, the only real Android players in the US market are Samsung, LG, and HTC, and Motorola. So I’ll reiterate with a correction: multi-window is a brand-specific feature that has been specific to Samsung. It seems Android is trying to catch up but it looks like they are going with “split-screen” rather than multi-window which means it will still fall short of what Samsung offers.

          • Drew Schmitt

            Holy shoot. Calm down, bud. Are you seriously implying a rivalry between “Android” and Samsung?? Seriously? Anyways, Android has stolen nothing. Nexus has not stolen anything. If Samsung wanted to, I’m sure they could’ve patented all of this stuff. However, they didn’t, because they simply don’t care. Samsung could care less whether Android implements stock multi window, stylus support, and even edge features (plus anything else) because then Samsung only has less work to do to add in functionality that is already there, and they can improve upon it to still make their phones great.

          • SnakeSplitskin

            Did my comment contain any expletives or exclamation points? No it did not. So please don’t misuse the “calm down” phrase when it isn’t warranted. And no one is making a rivalry between Samsung and Android. My original remark referenced the fact that Android is playing catch-up to features already available on Samsung phones for the last 3-4 years. What reason would Android have to include these features as opposed to adding features no one has seen before? That’s an easy answer. It’s because it makes the Nexus brand more valuable and more on an equal playing field as OEM flagships. What good would owning a Nexus phone be if it never delivered high-end features to match the higher-end price? No one ever claimed that Samsung cared what features Google added to Android so why you’ve made that a point of debate is really anyone’s guess. So like I said previously, adding these features is Google’s way of making sure the Nexus line remains relevant.

          • denNorske

            Nexus means nothing to Google, in fact they are only co-producing the phones. It’s LG, Huawei (honestly only know them, idk if more) – this was announced for Android, not nexus. Meaning that everyone can use this and will have this. How does it make nexus more relevant? I think it makes all the Android phones more relevant, it’s up to the oem whether to keep it or remove the functionality.
            Rather than thinking that Google makes this for their own good, Samsung is the world biggest company that sells the most Android devices on earth.

            I know that Samsung had the nice idea about multiwindow, but that doesn’t mean others can’t use it. Everyone knows Samsung did it first. It’s just that, it’s not stealing, because this is how development and implementation of new things goes.

          • SnakeSplitskin

            The only thing that means nothing to Google is your comment. Afterall, you have no idea what matters to Google or what doesn’t. It appears that Nexus matters enough to Google that they would put forth the resources necessary to get the program off the ground, maintain it, and spend the extra money to promote it.

            It’s one thing to build an operating system that OEMs can customize to produce their own versions, but it’s another to take those features that the OEMs developed as custom features for their own devices and put it into the operating system. By doing so Google has basically eliminated the ability of OEMs to offer a differentiated software experience. By doing so Google elevates the Nexus brand to the level of other Flagship brands. We know that they care about doing this because of their decisions with the Nexus 6. They went all out with the screen size to compete with the other hotter selling devices AND they changed the pricing. No longer were they opting for a less expensive Nexus device. Their price reflected “flagship level” pricing.

            If you understood anything about marketing you’d know that having features other phones don’t have gives a device more selling points over other devices. By adding features that only a few OEMs have had means that all Android devices will now have those features starting from the bottom tier phones all the way to the top end. This will mean cheaper low-profit phones competing with flagships which will further result in less profits for all Android OEMs. This works in favor of Nexus devices because as a consumer, you may as well just get a Nexus device if all devices have the same feature. This obviously benefits Google more than anyone else.

          • denNorske

            Well, you have a good point on that. It must be because I partly go against Samsung that I like it’s being implemented, in first place. If I’m objective on the case, and take in consideration what you mentioned, it’s right.
            I’m not good at marketing but that makes a whole lot of sense.
            Done is done and let’s see how all this turns out, especially for Samsung :)

          • SnakeSplitskin

            Well, even though I’ve stated repeatedly that Google stole some of Samsung’s features, I do believe it’s a good thing. This will only help or force Samsung to innovate further in order to differentiate their devices. I have no idea what more they could do but I’m sure they’ll come up with something. It will be awhile before Android N is fully released to Nexus devices as a standard upgrade which means Samsung will have time to add some new amazing things to the Note 6 by the time it’s released.

          • denNorske

            Still not stealing. The way Google implements it, and how it works differs a lot from how Samsung used API’s to let applications be resizeable, etc. You can say that they got the idea from Samsung.
            If google implements it correctly they may get it working across multiple applications, even applications that Samsung didn’t bother. Samsung did not have copyright or anything alike, so google may do whatever they like to. Oh and, if you didn’t know, Google is much more than Nexus devices.
            Besides, what’s the problem of implementing it? I mean, today’s devices are pretty high-end and should handle multiple windows/multitasking quite well – so it’s a feature that should have been added a couple of years ago already. I am glad they do it now, it’ll change the way of using tablets for sure :)
            And stop being a kid saying “LOL” – because it has no effect but making you look silly.

          • SnakeSplitskin

            No one ever stated that Google couldn’t do whatever it wanted or that Samsung had a copyright or patent on anything so making that one of your arguments shows just how many straws your grasping for. Keep in mind that Samsung was the first to successfully introduce the phablet and built its overwhelming success in the Android sphere on the phablet concept. It took Apple 3 or 4 years to recognize just how important the feature of a large screen is to the smartphone market. So they stole the idea and released a successful Iphone phablet. It wasn’t their original idea so yeh, they stole the idea from another OEM because not having a larger screen meant giving up sales to the competition. Google has also realized that not having certain features on the Nexus line meant that Nexus phones wouldn’t be competitive. If Nexus phones aren’t competitive then that sort of tarnishes the Android image. So yeh, Google certainly did steal the idea of multi-window (albeit crippled to being limited to just 2 screens) among other features. They even stole the phablet size when they released the Nexus 6, thinking that the market was clamoring for “mega” sized phablets.

            You and I are in agreement that multi-window should have been a standard Nexus feature more than a few years ago. Calling me a kid because I laughed at your senseless arguments in no way detracts from the fact that my points are valid: Google has stolen features from Samsung in recognition that said features are important to placing a smartphone on the flagship pedestal. Nothing about your comments has in any way proven otherwise. And I do find funny that your efforts lack any gravitas or reasoning as it relates to my original comment. This silly kid will continue to “LOL” wherever appropriate.

          • Sentsuizan

            No, LG phones also have it like the G2.

          • SnakeSplitskin

            LG’s implementation started out laggy and is still limited to just 2 windows at a time. Very limited and came after Samsung’s version. By implementing this feature into Google it makes Android phones less differentiated. This is great for Android but will suck for OEMs and consumers.

          • Sentsuizan

            So taking a feature and making it available to everyone, without bloat, is a bad thing?
            All it really does is increase competition because OEMs have to come up with a new selling point.

          • SnakeSplitskin

            First of all, why characterize the feature as something that would be
            added without bloat? It’s already bloat-free and working well on Samsung
            phones. Why would Google need to steal a great feature that one OEM has
            already developed into a great feature? Couldn’t Google come up with a
            new selling point for Android that OEMs haven’t discovered? The lesson
            here is that Google isn’t innovating when they are stealing features
            from existing OEMs.

          • Sentsuizan

            Its not bloat free, since a user would need to have touchwiz, for example. Not to mention it’s then limited to Samsung phones only, or a custom ROM someone might implement.
            That creates fragmentation, which is already a huge problem for android. Adding features as a part of the core OS enables software developers to implement them and reach the maximum number of users. And in the case if thise on older devices, they can get new features where otherwise the carrier or manufacturer may have dropped support. It’s beneficial for literally everybody.

            Samsung gets a boon because their devices can be marketed as cutting edge, as they essentially have timed exclusivity for nothing more than the cost of implementation.

          • SnakeSplitskin

            It is bloat free is said bloat doesn’t effect the performance of the feature. And yes, it’s limited to Samsung phones which is fragmentation, which is why Samsung is able to sell more phones than other OEMs. Fragmentation is what makes Android great. If all phones OEM phones provided the same feature experience as the G5, they wouldn’t sell very much. People like variety and choice. Otherwise they could just get an Iphone.

            There’s nothing wrong with adding features to the Core OS just as long as those features are innovative and originate from Google rather than an OEM. Google should focus on making the Android platform amazing and let OEMs focus on making amazing differentiated features. Google benefits from stealing features proven by an OEM but the OEM doesn’t get any benefit out of the theft. Just imagine if Google did focus on features no other smartphone (including Iphone) possesses. What a truly amazing Android platform we’d have relative to its awesomeness right now. Yet all that R&D and all Google could come up with was a copy of someone else’s feature. At best that’s moving sideways, not forward.

          • Sentsuizan

            “It is bloat free is said bloat doesn’t effect the performance of the feature”
            It is not bloat free when you literally have to install a bunch of bloatware to use it.
            “If all phones OEM phones provided the same feature experience as the G5, they wouldn’t sell very much. ”
            But if Samsung was the only manufacturer who could have a feature, that creates stagnation as they have little reason to make a better product, because if you want whatever feature you have no choice but Samsung. Less competition is bad.

            “There’s nothing wrong with adding features to the Core OS just as long as those features are innovative and originate from Google rather than an OEM”

            And Google adds plenty of those, like Google Now on Tap, sof

            “Google benefits from stealing features proven by an OEM”
            Google doesn’t steal anything. It provides an open implementation of the same feature. This is like saying linux stole from Windows by implementing a window-based UI. Android is on Samsung phones, therefore it’s as if Samsung simply transferred all the maintenance associated with the feature to Google and are free to use their resources to come up with something else new. Their phones will all have the feature for free (because Android is free to distribute), as long as the hardware for it is there.

            It’s a collaborative process that all the different manufacturers, the Android development community, and Google itself all contribute to in order to make a system that benefits everyone. I can put Marshmallow on a GS3, completely free, and get the latest features. Much better than hiding features behind forced upgrades and planned obsolescence like pretty much every phone before Android came along.

          • SnakeSplitskin

            Touchwiz isn’t bloat. Adding features on top of Android isn’t bloat. Fragmentation isn’t a huge problem for Android. If it was, Android wouldn’t be the #1 smartphone OS. I have nothing against adding new features to the core OS. Stealing features made popular by a particular OEM is going in the wrong direction. Google should innovate with their own original creations like they have with On Tap. “timed exclusivity” is complete BS if you’re an OEM that took the time & money to create & improve a feature no one else thought of. Google may be making Android better, but stealing features from OEMs undercuts the reason so many Android phones are sold around the world: OEMs! Notice how the Nexus line of phones don’t even put a dent in the overall number of Android phones sold. It’s because consumers like to have choice & unique features.

          • SnakeSplitskin

            How does that increase competition? I always thought that if one OEM offered a great set of features that another OEM would have to excel with other features to remain competitive. Now all of a sudden, Google cuts the legs out from under an OEM by offering one of its main features as a standard for all Android phones. I didn’t see LG, HTC, or Samsung throw in the towel in 2016 or 2015. The competition was fierce. So quit making up dumb stuff like “all it really does is increase competition”.

          • SnakeSplitskin

            No, they didn’t have multi-screen. they only had 2 windows side-b side & limited apps that could do it.

    • Kody

      Why did you write that in quotes?

      • Erik Garcia

        Because as I was typing it I was saying it out loud lol #quoteyourself

        • Kody

          Lol, you’re hilarious. #hopeyougetmarshmallowsoon

    • RiTCHiE

      see, the problem is that you want updates on a samsung product. We all know sammy sucks with updates, thats why i stopped buying them.

    • Gaspar Inostroza Pérez

      And I’m still stuck with KitKat on my S34G. Could’ve easily handled Lollipop (and even Marshmallow). Still, with custom stock rom, my phone is about 3 years old and still going strong.

      • SnakeSplitskin

        Good for you. You should keep that phone for the next 10 years. In 2026 I’m expecting to see you post here that you’re still rocking your S34G. Of course security will have been compromised on it (probably is with that stock rom but you’ll never know).

        • Gaspar Inostroza Pérez

          Nice comment there m8. Keep it up.

    • Ro’Vage St Laurent

      You and me BOTH brother
      For a major provider, Samsung treats it’s customers like trash when it comes to updates
      NOT an Apple fan, not even remotely, but nobody can dispute the fact that they do try to get fixes out on time and OFTEN, to ALL of their handsets

    • SnakeSplitskin

      But what advantage would getting Marshmallow do for you? Also, which Marshmallow do you want, 6.0 or 6.01? Like every Android update, they have fix what causes problems with their first versions. It’s good to let the Nexus devices be the guinea pigs first.

    • Durga Pokala

      bruh i gave up on waiting for 5.0 lollipop. I’m stuck on 4.4.2.

    • Luka Mlinar

      Same here. Still nothing on my Note 5 :P

    • Alvin

      Note 5? That’s obsolete.

    • N&LH

      this is Google innovation, release new OS and the vast majority of Android users won’t get it or get it after 2-3 years if they can

  • I don’t know if the 2013 Nexus 7 Tablet will receive Android 7.0 because by this summer it will be 3 years old.

  • Marty

    Android Nougat.

  • Seriously…
    I still think that Android should be actually latest on all devices supplied by Google themselves (thinking ’bout jenkins builder with links to manufacturer’s repo) and all custom features from manufacturers should be banned (though I personally like some). Manufacturers should supply just kernels (maybe custom launchers) for their devices, so they won’t have to worry about those massive memory leaks (YES I’m looking at you Samsung).
    Let all systems be unite, up to date, with no fatal security flaws…
    This should be future, this should be Android.
    Not that leaky bullsh!t, which is criticized by those iSheeps (though they know nothing about Android)

    • ConCal

      It would be pretty cool if Google had their own builds of diffrent devices and provided a way to flash it. Not at all likely, but would be cool nonetheless.

      • I did not meant custom roms from Google, you know… I meant that this is the way it supposed to be…
        Actually it wouldn’t take much effort, just few rom developers would be assigned to check if builds are “flashable”, because the Jenkins is not that fast builder, and we would’ve lived happily ever after. :)
        This is how works official cyanogenmod right?! :)

        • ConCal

          Oh I see, that would be pretty cool.

    • Tapan Bhanot

      If they do that it will create a major dent in iPhone sales!

      • Yes it would! Tell friends, make online petitions, “spam” Google with official requests so they’d know that this community wants the better life!

        • Tapan Bhanot

          I think Google is already aware of it and they are just unable to do anything about it.

          • I rather think that they are afraid of doing anything about it :( because Sammy’d probably replace Android with Tizen which’d be major hit for Google.

          • Tapan Bhanot

            Who knows what these corporations are cooking behind our backs or what they have got planned for us. Only time will tell.

  • Mnzo

    Am I the only one still waiting for that amazing Material Design music player they showed off years ago?

    • Matt

      You’re not alone there

    • Aroda

      Can you give me a link of that

      • Src

        search for Google I/O 2014

    • charlie Jason

      I still remember that mesmerizing animation when you hit the play button. We need it.

  • LuciferBlack

    Waiting for new messaging app. Really want to messaging like in imessages with functionality like whattsapp ?

    • ConCal

      For real. iMessage is awesome and Hangouts hasn’t cut it. I’m looking forward to a real solid messaging app.

  • Shellyman 8K

    I want more Material design.

  • Imran Shaikh

    What’s the point of all new features when most of the users can’t get it. Fragmentation is the 1st thing that needs to o be targeted.

    • ADofCLE

      Though I agree, it’s not Google’s fault. They can’t tell the OEMs to update more often.

      • nezlobnyj

        IMHO, OEMs can’t update more often too, if they have 5 to 10 new devices every year. If they would have only 1 phone, 1 tablet (like you-know-who) I’d expect fragmentation to disappear by itself.

    • abazigal

      I guess one could argue that it’s simply a matter of time before these features end up on the Android devices, but at least the software is out there first.

    • calden74

      It’s fixed, just buy a Nexus or Google Play device and if you still want another handset, install Cyanogenmod. No more fragmentation, using skinned Android builds at this point is just silly, they offer almost zero advantage.

      • Obi Alfred

        You can’t put CM on exynos phones and that’s still fragmentation idiot.

      • SnakeSplitskin

        Or you can just avoid Nexus altogether because the huge lack of features. Obviously if you’ve owned a Samsung flagship this past few years you already have the few features Google plans on adding to Android. Just ignore all the fools using CM. They have no idea what they are actually putting on their phones in terms of security breaches.

  • Jack Silsan

    Android Nadella, ops, Nutella lol
    Seriously, I think there’s another name for 7.0 (if it even is 7.0 and not 6.5 or something like it). I just can’t figure out it yet

  • nikitastaf1996

    Backup/restore like iphone does.

  • Noah Jones

    I still don’t even have Marshmallow and Android N is coming out soon

  • DJ Subterrain

    I’m guessing “Nougat” and I’ve got the last 2 right :D

  • Lito Carasig

    Android N is coming out and we’re still stuck with Lollipop! What’s up Asus? Won’t buy another Asus anything again!

    • ConCal

      Yep, get a Nexus.

  • tanjiajun34

    Just fix the “Mobile radio active” battery drain and I will be happy…. -.-

  • Deero

    android nutella

  • John Apel

    I think Google needs to start putting it’s foot down with OEM software updates. Samsung comes to mind first, but others are at fault here as well. The fact that the S6/ S6 edge and Note 5 are still running Lollipop really is not acceptable. I think Google could strong-arm OEMs into updating their devices within a certain time-frame, sort of like they have with the monthly security updates.

    On another note, a new messaging app would really be nice. I like Google Messenger a lot, but compared to Verizon Messages, or even iMessage (if I dare say it), it is lacking some features. Support across all devices (phones, tablets, Android Wear) would be a great idea here. I think it’s really a no-brainer for Google.

  • Ryan

    and the LG G4 doesnt even have marshmellow yet…..

  • RG

    Is there going to be a 6.1 release before N arrives? There’s very little info on it, apart from a few small websites shrugging their shoulders and chucking around a few unsubstantiated ideas and dates..

  • ConCal

    I’m glad they somewhat merging ChromeOS and Android. A full merger never made much sense, but it sounds like they are moving in the right direction.

  • @dxyuyu

    We need to have an option or tool that will let us change the resolution and choose what’s the best resolution to use
    (for the Battery, Performance and For the Looks). this will give the user more options
    For example if i want to use the Nexus 6P in 720p

  • Falenone

    They should also clean up the damn app store from bullshit apps.

  • spyroz540

    i have a galaxy s4 LTE i9505, and im still on lollipop 5.0.1 i know there is cm13 and aosp roms but i dont like stock android, i like touch-wiz i used to have a galaxy s3 i9300 and i had installed cm13 on it but the design sucks everything is boring so i installed a touchwiz 4.4.4 rom

  • Mohamed Abdeljelil

    with openSDK, multi windows and ChromOS I think Android is going to be an operating system for classic computer as well

  • Roberto Tomás

    This is totally normal. preview in May, Real nexus devices at end of september. updates to older devices starting by ~december. real non-nexus devices by february of next year.

    for reference, here’s the normal flow at google:

    Android Marshmallow was initially announced at Google I/O on May 28, when it was released as the Android M developer preview. Several updates to the preview came out before Marshmallow was officially named on August 17. Google finally unveiled Android 6.0 Marshmallow, alongside the 2015 Nexus devices, on September 29, 2015.

    from androidpit {dot} com

  • Android 6.1 will launch in March. However, still running Android 5.1.1 on Samsung.

  • G90

    Dark theme yes! No more need of custom roms just for a dark theme.

  • Android Nolengur, coming right up

  • Alex

    Yeah, I’m really excited to do some proper multitasking on my Nexus 9’s 2GB of RAM… Great job Google…

  • trwb

    App permissions are great but certain permissions cannot be blocked like internet, and now every app automatically gets access to the internet. So you can block a keyboard for example from looking at your contacts but you cannot block it from gathering data on what you are typing and sending to the developer via the internet.

  • Lot of these features are already there in samsung flagships.

  • I came lookin for booty

    sounds pretty dope

  • Regarding the issue of tighter Chrome OS/Android integration, I’m surprised the possibility of an Android IDE for Chrome OS (NaCl version of Android Studio would be most ideal) hasn’t gotten on anyone’s radar. Should be much easier with OpenJDK as the base since OpenJDK, being open source, can be much more easily ported to NaCl, not to mention that the need for an emulator is non-existent since ARC can do the emulation without causing any measurable drain on performance.

  • John Doe

    Better ‘Ok Google’ would be a big plus!
    Also, a change to the robotic response would be a welcome enhancement …

  • Justatechie

    Vulcan API Should be in the midst of android N, that is if Kronos and Google developers don’t have see any major setbacks from releasing it to the mainstream.

  • Doctor_M7

    Lollipop 5.1 already has granular app permissions — its not new to marshmallow.

  • Christian Silva

    Who cares? I’m still waiting for marshmallow for my Galaxy note 5!!

  • robert lewis

    IR Blaster Support????

  • Scott Ricketts

    “largely unpopular Hangouts SMS/MMs integration” unpopular in that they keep threatening to take it away. Having my IM and SMS in a single app is a great thing. Until WP10 it was one of the few things Microsoft got right. Instead of ripping MMS/SSM support from Hangouts, how about committing to it, making the Hangouts UI snappier and integrating in other messaging platforms. You’ve got the lead developer for Pidgin working for you Google, let the man do what he’s done so well for Linux for years.

    • SnakeSplitskin

      TOTALLY AGREED! Hangouts was pretty awesome. Google just needed to stick with it making the necessary improvements. Now we’ll have to wait on this new messaging system that somehow will be relying on carriers to participate. I wonder if this means cell phone plans will go back to charging for texts like crazy

  • vinu18

    Google may be providing support to internalise External SD card memory treated similar to the internal memory . Would it be single memory which is internal memory + SD card ?

  • EviL__MasTeR

    If they would make the cam app in Android to have the ability for night vision to allow android users to see in pitch black would be awesome.Without having to download an app to have the aBility! (P.S. )Pay attention google! Great ideas are being visualized for next update! =)

  • me me

    Android Nigel?

  • me me

    Something sickening seems to be creating into stock Android, it is getting more bloated each release. My Nexus 9 become close to unusable with lag in the current stock Android, I was thinking it was a bad unit but once I went to a custom ROM with no forced encryption, f2fs on /data and /cache and a pico gapps and then just adding just what *I* need, not what Google *THINKS* I need then the performance improved significantly, each of those background processes eats into performance either via cpu or taking up RAM and so more re-reading apps from storage.

    This is so bad that basically “Nexus” = a clean debloated ROM is not the case any more and so I’m more looking for popular in quantity devices which are easily unlocked.

    Google’s ability to influence Android is waning due to this issue, so Google needs to get back to slick minimalism with Android and let us optionally install just what we want.

  • bykristian

    It would be very nice to have themes

  • N S Arun Kumar

    Please don’t remove the Google apps drawer. Don’t start a religion if you’ve bought this OS. Some of the most cherished features of android is that its fully customizable, Period. Don’t monopolize after democratizing the UI. So many of the OSs came and gone but not android because it was easy and non pretentious. Hell, it led to the downfall of Nokia. Somethings are sacred enough to remain untouched. Apple had always targetted oil barons and not ordinary folks. In terms of quality, apple reigns at the moment, but in terms of objectivity, android will always be way ahead of apple. P.S. I dont give a flying F**k to the third party apps drawer and i hope many will echo me

  • abdul kalam (AK)

    Need a dark theme back on Android 7.0 and need a multi-window in it and the battery is draining fast so need a battery optimizer so the battery can last along the day. Finally the name to Android 7.0 is……..

  • Me

    Nothing has me excited. Even worst, the removal of the app drawer has me not wanting to update anymore.

  • Christian Baumler

    If anything, they can remove the app drawer and then just make sure that it is included in the settings for someone to turn it on if they wish to have it on. I personally want the app drawer to stay, but there are ways that they can still take it away while not completely angering people.

  • Chinch07

    The app drawer and ability to have a very clean homescreen was one of if not the main reason I switched from iOS. I don’t see the significane of removing it. I’m hoping there will be a toggle or something to change this in settings.

    • JRomeo

      if it’s removed, then it’ll probably get moved to somewhere else (like a shortcut in the notification bar), or perhaps there is an option to hide it or include it on the homescreen. I don’t think it will ever be permanently removed iOS style.

  • Rohan Singh

    There Should Be A Option For Having An App Drawer Or Not As It Is On Samsung Galaxy S7 Then It Would Be Better.

    • 29

      there is – launchers

  • SnakeSplitskin

    The Nexus 6P will get the Android N update first and finally be caught
    up with the Galaxy Note 3. Nexus 6P owners everywhere will cheer
    getting multi-window support as well as stylus support except that
    there’s no stylus for the 6P.

    Come to think of it, what is the actual advantage of being the first device to receive these updates anyway?

    • DDD

      The Nexus line is Google’s base for Android. Everything is tested using the Nexus devices and so, they’re the first to have a stable version of Android.

      • SnakeSplitskin

        But that’s just the point. OEM’s don’t want to put an unstable update on their phones. Marshmallow is already on version .01 which means .0 wasn’t good enough. Just think if OEMs went ahead and updated to .0 they would have caused more problems for something that didn’t really add any features or value.

        Nexus owners have to suffer through incremental updates until Google gets it right. There’s still no benefit to Nexus owners especially when they started out with a phone that didn’t have any features to begin with compared to other OEM’s flagship phones.

        • DDD

          What? OEMs aren’t pushing out unstable updates. They get the OS and make their changes and test before pushing it out to their respective devices.
          If you think the existence of a .01 means the initial wasn’t good or good enough, you’re a tad delusional. No software is going to be perfect. Any change, no matter how minor, is going to result in a version number change. It doesn’t mean that the previous version had a problem.
          Uh, again, you’re assuming that OEMs push out the latest version as soon as they get it. Marshmallow has been out for months, but look at how many devices are on Marshmallow.

          You are aware that you don’t necessarily have to update the phone either right?
          Suffer? You’re talking as if the latest of Android is always broken. And what super awesome features are Nexus phones missing?

          • SnakeSplitskin

            “no software is going to be perfect”. My sentiments exactly. Which is why it’s perfectly fine that the Note 5 remain with Lollipop for the time being. Upgrading to the latest version of Android doesn’t automatically mean it’s a good thing.

            As far as missing features go, where’s the multi-window that samsung phones have been enjoying for so long? Where’s double-tap to open the camera app? Where’s the fast wireless charging? Where’s wireless charging? Where’s the amazing manual mode features for the camera? Where’s the stylus support?

            I do believe I’ve answered your question.

          • DDD

            Do note that that quote applies to every piece of software, meaning the Lollipop you’re running still has bugs here and there. That’s a horrible reason to refuse an upgrade, especially when Marshmallow has been out for months. Samsung’s devs have had Marshmallow for ages.

            Double tap what to open the camera? You can double tap the power button to open the camera on the 6P Wireless charging was in the Nexus 6. Their reason for dropping it seems justified to me. Stylus support is expected in Android N and Manual mode already is in the API. They just didn’t care to add it in their app for some strange reason. You answered the question, yes, but with features that are rather trivial.

            I don’t get how you seem to be against upgrading but complain about features.

          • SnakeSplitskin

            No, my Note 5 is working pretty flawlessly on Lollipop so I’ll have to disagree with your generalized assumption. The introduction of bugs is a very good reason to want to hold off on updating. Especially if there’s no significant change in features, performance, or ability associated with the upgrade.

            Double tap the home/fingerprint scanner button to quickly open the camera app is what I was referring to. The 6P has the double press on the power button on the side of the phone. This is awkward and the camera is very slow to open. It kind of defeats the purpose.

            The 6P lacks wireless charging. Am I to believe that you are recommending people buy the Nexus 6 because it has wireless charging whereas the 6P does not? Justified or not the 6P lacking wireless charging means it’s missing one of the basic features smartphone buyers are looking for. It’s a must-have for phones with sealed batteries.

            Why do Nexus owners have to wait until Android N is pushed out in order to have stylus support? I’m sure you can say Nexus owners will have every feature possible in the universe if you’re willing to wait for Android versions to go through the entire alphabet. Until then you’re out of luck which supports my statement that Nexus devices always seem to lack features that other flagship phones already have. I don’t believe wireless charging, multi-window support, fast camera, fast opening camera, double tap on home/finger print sensor, and stylus support are trivial features. If they were then you wouldn’t see Google steal those features away to try to include them on upcoming Android versions.

            My complaints about updating are only limited to exposing just how stupid it is to claim “we’re the first to get Android updates” as meaningless gloating when Nexus users should be instead saying “why didn’t my device come with these features out of the box?” Or “why does my device have to wait to get flagship features that were available 2 years ago AND after a newer Nexus device (newer than mine) is released?” (Android N won’t be out until the successor of Nexus 6P is released.)

            Without having to upgrade to Marshmallow all Note 5 users will still have more features that people care about than the Nexus 6P. Thank you for helping me reinforce that point.

          • DDD

            So you happily agree that no software is perfect except when it’s applied to the software on your phone. Mhmm, I hear ya. And you’ll imply that there aren’t any significant changes then go on to accept that new version do implement significant features. OK then.

            So basically, it should be exactly how you want it, or it’s useless. Also, having it set to the power button is to allow it to be invoked when the screen is off.

            I didn’t recommend the N6. I referred to it because they didn’t leave it out for no reason. They left it out because it didn’t seem to be necessary. Wireless charging’s main advantage was based on the fact that most people were getting tripped up over the micro USB port not being reversible. The USB C port removed that hassle. And justifiably removing a feature doesn’t support your case. If a feature isn’t necessary, popular, or prevents progress in other areas, it gets dropped. Are you going to cry if Samsung drops the heart rate sensor from future devices? How mad are you that Galaxy S devices don’t have radios built in anymore? And wireless charging is by no means a “must-have feature”; fast charging is.

            Nexus users have to wait because that’s when Android is going to officially support it. Do remember that Nexus devices run stock Android. That means that if Nexus devices have a feature, it’s an Android feature. They can’t make features just for the Nexus line the way Samsung can grab the latest version and add in what they want with TouchWiz. Sure, that does mean that they’re going to get new features later than other devices, however, it’s not as late as you make it out to be. Also, any new feature is attributed to Android, and not Nexus, because any device on that version also gets it. Doze and Google Now, for example, aren’t things many other phones had before Marshmallow, but you probably looked over them.
            “Fast camera” and “fast opening camera” aren’t exactly trivial; they’re subjective. You’re always going to be crying over features being slow, because having to wait 0.9 seconds for the camera to open is just so damn terrible right?

            Why aren’t Nexus users talking about not having those fancy features you talk about? Because they’re not that fancy to everyone else. The only even close to being looked forward to is proper multi-window support, which is to be properly done in Android N. It’s already hidden in Marshmallow, but guess how many people care to actually unlock it and use it. Then when Android does release it officially and likely better than Samsung implements it, Samsung will probably drop it, as they’re doing with their stylus support.
            Again you don’t seem to understand how Nexus devices work in relation to Android. Google has to make sure it will work with all devices that run that version of Android and not just on Nexus devices. Samsung only has to build their software for maybe at most 3 devices. They don’t have to develop their features as abstract as Google does, but you probably don’t care about that either.

            Being the first also applies to patches, meaning those bugs you complain about are usually fixed soon after they’re discovered. The latest release of Marshmallow is just as fine at the version of Lollipop you’re running.

            I haven’t helped you reinforce anything. You just ignore nuance, market research and software development practices.

          • SnakeSplitskin

            Why are you full of jokes? Just about everything you’ve said is a joke. I’m not implying anything about the software. There really isn’t any significant feature change that the Note 5 would receive going from Lollipop to Marshmallow. If there is you would have pointed it out.

            It’s great that the 6P can invoke the camera with the screen off. The problem is that you have to click the power button twice. The 6P would have been better served to put that function on the fingerprint sensor. Instead they opted for the more awkward power button.

            When you mentioned the N6’s wireless charging you basically were recommending it. It’s a complete joke to say that the only reason wireless charging exists is because the overall smartphone market had trouble plugging in the micro-usb cable. How dare you insult the entire smartphone market just to give Huawei and Google cover for not including wireless charging in the 6P. The fact is, wireless charging is a much more convenient and ergonomic way of charging a device than plugging a cord in. The phrase “set it and forget it” comes to mind as the best method for charging a smartphone. Who cares if Type-C is less convenient than micro-usb, you’re still having to plug a cable into your phone. This means finding the cable, bending down to plug it into a wall outlet, then fiddling around with the bottom (or top) of your phone to fit the cable in. And if you want to walk away from the table where the phone was setting to use the phone you’ll still have to remember to unplug it. We’ve all had moments when we tried to pick up and walk away with a phone still tethered to the wall (dropped phone). This entire nuisance is eliminated with wireless charging. You can’t name a single benefit that Type-C charging is providing you versus wireless charging. So why even defend it?

            If fast charging is a required feature, then fast wireless charging is the standard of must have charging. You might have had a point if Type-C was the only method for fast charging but it ISN’T. Therefore it is already obsolete thanks to fast wireless charging (capable on Samsung flagship devices). If you place charging in the same category as hear-rate sensors or built-in FM radios then it shows just how desperate you are to make a point. Those features aren’t necessary to the functioning of your phone. Charging your phone is. Therefore any advancements in the way a phone is charged and how fast it is charged is definitely a must-have feature. It’s the same as having an LTE capable phone versus a phone that does not have LTE. Sure 3G and 4G is good, but it isn’t good enough to compete as a flagship device without LTE.

            Your paragraph about how Nexus users have to wait reinforces my point that a Nexus phone is probably 2 years behind everyone else when it comes to features. If that’s a benefit to you then by all means go ahead and try to convince people that owning a phone that can’t do as much as most other phones within the last 2 years is actually a good thing.

            As for Doze, I did not look that over. I just didn’t think it was a feature worth mentioning. Sony already had its own power saving features as did most other OEMs. There are also apps that can handle power management. So there’s no huge benefit to getting Doze vs. not getting it. You’ve got to come up with something better than that but obviously you can’t which is really sad.

            Regarding the cameras, I’ve only reiterated what many 6P owners have complained about. The Nexus 6P camera is so slow to open. I have no idea whether it is only .09 seconds slower than the Note 5 but if it is, that .09 seconds apparently seems like a lifetime for actual 6P users. Stock Android is supposed to mean that the phone is fast and fluid. One would think that the camera app would be the fastest on any Android device given that there is no “bloat”. This just goes to show how slick Touchwiz is and that stock Android isn’t actually the best and fastest experience.

            It’s strange that you say certain features aren’t important to Nexus users but yet Google has saw fit to include those features in upcoming Android upgrades. Apparently Google’s marketing research revealed that it needed to add these features that other OEMs have had for the last few years in order to be more competitive.

            Telling me that I don’t know how the Nexus program works is a weak argument. But you’re full of weak arguments so I’ll go ahead and address this anyway. Google is not responsible for getting any version of Android and its features to work on every phone out there. That’s delusional b.s. that you need to stop trying to spread on the internet. Google makes Android to work and display features on its own devices (Nexus) AND THAT’S IT! All the other OEMs are responsible for taking the updated code and ensuring that it will work with their devices. This is one of the main reasons why it takes so long to release updates, especially those OEMs who have hundreds of variants. So quit trying to perpetuate lies. Not everyone here is the community is dumb enough to buy into that crap.

            The devices that first get Marshmallow are the first to get bug fixes. That’s great. Wonderful. You guys be the guinea pigs. There’s no lost value for my Note 5 getting Marshmallow in April 2016 versus getting it in November 2015. No lost value means no real benefit to get Marshmallow when the N6 first got it or when the 6P got version .01.
            I’ve hit each of your points and hit them hard with the facts. All you’ve done is show that you don’t know how to frame your arguments, that you aren’t as well-versed in Nexus as you think you are, and are willing to move into “delusion” territory as if it were nuance, market research, or software development practices. You’re outclassed just like the 6P.

          • DDD

            “The 6P would have been better served to put that function on the
            fingerprint sensor. Instead they opted for the more awkward power
            button.”
            As I said, if it’s not how you like it, it’s useless huh?

            “When you mentioned the N6’s wireless charging you basically were recommending it.”
            No, I was giving an example where a Nexus device did have the feature. And you know a simple Google search would have shown that I was right, seeing as it was Google’s devs who said it. Who cares if USB-C is more convenient? Wow. Another example of “if it’s not exactly how I want it, it’s useless”. You’re literally complaining about having to plug a cord into the phone, which by the way is the more common way of charging phones. Wireless charging was hyped up because if it’s convenience, so convenience does matter. And the comparison wouldn’t be between USB-C and wireless charging. The comparison is the benefits of each over USB-micro.

            “If fast charging is a required feature, then fast wireless charging is the standard of must have charging.”
            What kind of stupid logic is this? Fast charging exists outside of wireless charging. Wired fast charging is faster that wireless. Calling USB-C obsolete just shows your ignorance.
            Note that I didn’t say charging, I said wireless charging. You should learn to hide your strawmen a little better. I’m not that desperate to have to change your arguments to make a point, but you clearly are. Try addressing that point again.

            “As for Doze, I did not look that over. I just didn’t think it was a feature worth mentioning.”
            So you didn’t look over it, you just looked over it because you didn’t find it relevant. Beautiful contradiction. No, most OEMs didn’t have that feature. Greenify is what most people resorted to. If you’re going to introduce the use of third party apps, then you really shouldn’t be complaining about features, especially the camera app. It’s quite sad that you’re now talking about fast and snappy when the camera app is probably one of the only functions that is noticeably slower. Google’s camera app is feeble. Yea, we all know that, but that says nothing about the rest of the phone. It’s nice to see the fallacy of composition in use.

            I said it before but I’ll say it again, while it does take a while for Nexus users to get the features, it doesn’t take two years.

            Telling you that you don’t know how the Nexus line works in regards to Android isn’t something I said lightly; you’ve shown it. You’ve shown that you don’t know how an API works. Google works on the Android API, which is (obviously) what all other OEMs use. That stock API is what is used on the Nexus. They don’t fine tune it for the Nexus. The existence of the Android One and Google Play Edition programs are further evidence of that fact. OEMs don’t get the latest Android builds to fix errors. They get them so they can develop their respective UIs for it. Samsung has to make a compatible TouchWiz, HTC has to make a compatible HTC Sense and so on. That takes time and effort and are usually made for specific devices, which is why the latest Galaxy S phone might get upgraded while the latest Galaxy A series doesn’t. See, you’re actually making it exquisitely clear that you don’t have the faintest clue about this.

            “Wonderful. You guys be the guinea pigs.”
            Actually, that’s what I have said already. Nexus devices are what Android patches/releases are tested on. Hey guess what, iPhones are the same with iOS. What do you think the latest version of iOS is tested on before release?

            And then the rest of what you say there is trash. I’m waiting to read your hard facts, because it doesn’t look like you know what a fact is. You’ve given (shitty) reasoning, but not facts. Dude you really called USB-C obsolete; incredible. I don’t even need to be “well versed in Nexus”. I can hold my own in software development, which is all I need.

          • SnakeSplitskin

            Well you need to hold your own in making your points by using actual facts and not just child-like delusions. Perhaps you should just keep your nose in software development and leave the comments section alone.

          • DDD

            You mean similar to the facts I actually did use? Come on. If you’re going to try to insult me or my points, at least make an effort. I’m not deluded when I’ve explained my points using facts you yourself can go confirm. And what kind of person would I be if I let people spout foolishness and left them alone?

  • Android Nolengur

  • Adithya Raman

    Android Nobody-cares-where-is-marshmellow

  • schahram

    I find it a stupid idea to remove app drawer. There are millions of users who don’t like to have all app icons shown on the home screens. This feature has been the most important feature to differentiate android from iOS.

  • Nicholas Hunt

    RRO layers without root is a must for me. It’s all I use root for

  • MaLik Hadi

    after switching from Samsung to huawei i really dont need a app drawer

  • Marty

    Nice! No app drawer. More and more like iOS. Can’t wait for some future Nexus to have an Apple logo on it. :P

  • Flavio

    It’s highly likely that force touch will make its way to android N thanks to Synaptics’ ClearForce pressure-sensitive touch solution for Android smartphones. The same company provides the fingerprint ID solution to Google, Samsung, LG, among others

  • Daggett Beaver

    Split window? Really? A feature OEM skins have offered since forever? What about individual windows? Maybe Google will have that ready by Android Z?

  • 1966CAH

    Removing the app drawer: Who the f**k is asking for this? How is this even being considered a “feature?”

    • Daggett Beaver

      I think it would be a GREAT change, IF and ONLY IF they replace it with something smart, like automatically categorizing apps into folders. And I don’t just mean when you get the phone. If you install an app, it goes into the right folder. Then make it easy for users to move the apps to different folders if their notion of categories is different.

      This is how Smart Launcher works, and I’m thrilled that I don’t have an app drawer that has ALL of my apps. There may be other launchers out there like that, too.

      A second option would be something like Nano launcher, where a swipe to the left (on the second screen) brings up a list of all your apps in alphabetic order, with an alphabet menu on the right. I still prefer Smart Launcher, but the Nano approach is better than an app drawer.

      • 1966CAH

        I think my knee jerked a little too quickly there. :/ I had a nightmare vision of picking up my phone and seeing an iOS like glob of icons all over the place and had a mini-stroke.

        So, I can see how Google might possibly give us something usable and better, but I also could see them trying to use Google Now and have users search for the apps every time they want to launch one :(

        My own experience with launchers that try to “do things for me” has just been more frustrating than not, and I still prefer Nova, which lets me use folders and tabs in the app drawer to organize things the way I like, rather than the way somebody else thinks I will like it.

        In the end, I am still probably going to try the stock launcher and then load Nova up, unless Google has thought up something really clever…

      • Bradley Horst

        I can see your point, but some people prefer to have everything look very minimalistic and have all the clutter in the app drawer. For example, I have one home screen (excluding Google Now on the left) and it has a black background with only a few white icons and the Google clock widget. I personally don’t like folders.

  • Noah Jones

    It honestly doesn’t matter too much if the app drawer disappears because Android has things called launchers.

  • Choda Boy

    Android N – “No app drawer”
    Android M – “Most people are still waiting for it”
    Android L – “Leaking memory”

  • Hendra Li

    Android Nachos will be a nice name

  • isaac maqruez

    is the Nexus 6 going to be getting the update

  • jagema

    Would be nice if you gave credit to Android Police for the mock-ups.

  • C Lo

    One of the MAJOR reasons I choose to use Android over iOS is the app drawer. I guess I will be using a custom launcher from now on. Google, please stop changing things for the sake of changing things. Focus on taking ownership of your OS and getting updates out to EVERYONE, not just Nexus devices. Continue to maximize battery efficiencies. These two things would make a world of difference.

  • Mr.Flying Zoom3rz

    Android M just was barely released for most of phones and now Android N is already around the corner…

  • Mohsin Javed

    dark mode please, and yes i can’t wait

  • what. it looks so bad, this title doe “let’s build a simple an…”

  • saksham

    quick settings right in the notification area , stylus support , multi window …. copying samsung ?

  • hamachi

    Honestly, I felt that newer Android OS is becoming more and more restricted.
    Yet security vulnerability still coming to Android even after all those restrictions.
    So excuse me if I don’t feel excited after seeing all those features list.

    Let me know when next Android includes 1-click root and firewall built-in.

  • Rishabh

    i can’t imagine any android version named after Indian sweets in near future not for n at least.

  • Alvin

    I wish Google would just buy Greenify so that the battery saving features on root will be integrated on Android N. It would be nice if Doze will run in your pocket and the IR will detect your face to turn off the feature.

  • Stav Dor

    No app Drawer? WTF
    Nova launcher forever!

  • nezlobnyj

    Note 6 Dev Edition this year and you have my money. twice.

  • I don’t see the reason to outright get rid of the app drawer. Why couldn’t they have an option to show or remove it?

  • Vincentius Phang

    Multi-window mode, Better tablet support, New settings menu, Revamped notification shade/quick settings panel, Change display size in, Recent apps and multitasking, Dark Mode returns, Put emergency info on your lock screen, Improved call screening and number blocking

    I would remove or at least delay this development in favor of better battery life. sure we have doze. But doze maybe only gave 2-3 hours, while we want 2-3 days. so I’m not very impressed with these changes. Android update is getting close to IOS updates.

  • Salik Zaki Anwar

    you didn’t mention Easter Egg

  • C Lo

    I’m beginning to realize Google is using the Nexus purchasers as BETA testers. After 5.0, I think I’ve had enough early adopting buggy initial releases.

  • ‘Stock stylus support’ is great. And ‘Stock IR Blaster support’ will be equally great as well.

  • Daggett Beaver

    Samsung users since the Galaxy S3: “I love this multi-window and (for the Note users) S Pen.”
    Nexus Fanboys: “Stuff your crappy bloatwiz! Nobody uses multi-window or the pen. They’re just gimmicks.”

    Google: “Android N will include multi-window and pen support.”
    Nexus Fanboys: “WOW, I can’t wait to get these great new features!”

    Nexus: The phone for people who want the latest stock Android first, and the best phone features last.

    • Tharun Donavalli

      My mobile (Spice dream uno) consist of 1GB ram and 4GB internal memory. can I install the android N preview in my mobile please suggest me there will be no problem na if I install the preview one in my mobile.

  • Tharun Donavalli

    My mobile (Spice dream uno) consist of 1GB ram and 4GB internal memory. can I install the android N preview in my mobile please suggest me there will be no problem na if I install the preview one in my mobile.

  • Andrei

    I install this android n ! Have very much bug’s ! some apps, won’t work, like whatsapp, i can’t shot images and send to my contacts. This andoid N i stall tuesday 8 march 2016 and no update . . .

  • Danny

    I hope that the notification shade gets a revamp. A combination between the current developer preview and the cards from Lollipop and Marshmallow would be ideal. It should be able to display and expand information like the preview but have the cards separate by app.

  • Zayyaan

    Still using Jellybean :(

  • Tyler S Hardy

    If it’s so similar to marshmallow, why didn’t they just call it 6.1 or something? They had so many versions of 4, why go right from 6.0.1 to 7?

  • MooN Hernandez

    Please put Nexus 5 on the list. Please :(

  • Wook Lee

    Ease of usage, Looks and feels amazing.
    but the disappointing thing is missing the remote feature.

  • Rob

    I’m happy about the Doze Mode enhancements, but the freeform window crap doesn’t do jack for me. I already have something like that on my S6 Edge, but like the edge features, I NEVER use it.

  • Following its removal form the Android M preview -> from

  • Regarding the new notifications tray, it’s worth noting if you press-and-hold the flash icon you open the camera. There are improvements to every press-and-hold action and screen in the notification tray overall.

  • Android N? I’m still waiting for a stable CM12.1 for my ol’ LG OG Pro. If my phone receives Marshmallow (even if it’s custom ROM), I swear I’ll chop my head off.

    As for, the app drawer, Xiaomi users won’t even care

  • Paul Ahkolik

    Reboot option in the power button menu?

  • TouchWiz

  • Moose05

    The slide out menu in settings is completely useless and looks out of place.

  • khalidalomary

    After dev preview 2 i noticed a few bugs. Wifi randomly turns off

  • shara

    my nexus 6p is going crazy. no new folder design available. n google Maps has problems since i bought this. How is this possible one feature missing on my device.

  • Brodie Yg

    Has any one else noticed the new dialer screen in Android 7 when you call a business it tells you all there details and if there open or not.

  • Blue Cao

    Anyone hear anything about N blocking certain notifications (video, picture, network push ads)? I thought I heard something about this, which would be great (can’t stand those annoying buggers), but would be interested in hearing thoughts…?

  • vishal patil

    well u guys do it the best when it comes to writing such post, it most descriptive among all the post on Android N,
    u guys rock, keep up the good work.

  • FG11

    F* You Google. F* You. Developing more OS and Upgrades yet not all phones can get the updates and then what? B*ching me to buy a new phone? And then? Even a high-end one is still LAGGING. Oh come on, just dump your development and commit suicide. Android features are still useless if its not consumer friendly. Ewww.

  • Had Enough With the BS

    Off’d my Nexus 5 at the right time.

  • Nani

    No equivalent feature to Facetime for android yet.. Android should have an Independent video calling app..

  • Sean C

    This doesn’t list anything new for DP4. Just clickbait from DP3?

  • BatDroid

    Should give ability to change system fonts… I love those ubuntu fonts, wish I could have them on my phone.

  • Captain Obvious

    Please Please Please bring back Dark theme!!!!!!!

  • Shubham Bhardwaj

    Hey, I want to know if I go for android n dev preview 4, will I get the OTA when google officially releases Android N?

  • Haroldian

    Excited about the data saver and night mode. Hope it stays

  • ayush

    Moto x play update android N

  • Darth Vader returns! (It’s how Dark Mode feels like)

  • 4-6 week developer preview cycle narrows the Preview 5 release date down to sometime between July 13 and July 27, and, by extension, narrows the final release date down to sometime between August 10 and September 7. So, seems like an earlier final release than the previous two as well.

  • jp

    All I flipping wanted was Chronus app on my lockscreen….. but “widgets” are too much to ask for =/

  • Google has a secret. Developing OS frequently, so you will find a reason to ditch your current phone and move to another which will run the latest OS version.

  • Excellent article about the newest features of android nougat. Looking forward for the dark mode feature and multi tasking screen! – doodleblue Innovations

  • s2weden2000

    android 7 nutmilk…