Google announced its new version of Android Operating system, Android N in the recent Google IO. The update is in beta right now and people who own a Pixel C tablet or any of the recent Nexus phones can install it. Here are some of the new features of Android N:
1. Improved Multitasking
One of Google's main focus for Android N has been multitasking. The cards in multitasking view are now bigger with more details. The least used apps in the multitasking window are now automatically closed and only seven of the recent most used apps are shown instead. Another addition is a 'close all' button, which existed in many custom versions of Android for some time now. Also, now you can double tap on the mulittasking button and switch to your recently used app, like the Alt-Tab in Windows.
2. Better Notifications
The notification panel now gets a new look with denser and wider design with smaller icons. You can now expand notifications and take actions with little buttons present eliminating the need for swiping actions as in the previous versions. Long pressing on notification from a particular app will let you now control how you'll receive alerts from the app in future. You can choose whether to display them silently in the future or block them altogether.
3. Instant Apps
Instant apps let you access functionality of apps without downloading them. When you need to access certain functionality of an app, Google Play will download a few small parts needed for a brief experience. For now, this experience seems limited to web based apps.
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Android N supports the split-screen. This feature has been present in many Samsung devices for a time now. Long pressing on the multitasking button now gives you the open to run two apps side by side on your Android phone. This is one of the best ways to take advantage of the larger screens on many phones and tablets.
6. Night Mode
The Night Mode in Android N enables user dark theme across the device during night. It also applies a yellowish tint in order to suppress the blue light coming from the dislpay. The feature also lowers brightness automatically depending on the time of the day.