With Android 7.1, Google has introduced a feature that will seem familiar to fans of Windows phone and iPhone. But this feature goes well beyond similar functionality on other platforms.
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While Google's Pixel and Pixel XL are the first smartphones to ship with Android 7.1 Nougat, you don't have to wait until tomorrow---or spend upwards of $650---to experience the new system.
Google has formally announced Android 7.1 Nougat, the next version of its flagship mobile platform. As you can surmise from the version number, Android 7.1 is a minor update to the original Nougat.
Anyone who uses a smartphone or other modern digital device knows that notifications can be both boon and curse. In Android 7.0 Nougat, Google has once again refined and evolved how notifications work. Here's what's new.
Like newer versions of Apple's iOS, Android 7.0 Nougat offers a hidden Night Mode feature that reduces the amount of blue light that your device emits at night. This feature lessens the impact on your natural sleep patterns.
Android 7.0 Nougat includes various features for improving the battery life of your device, many of which work automatically in the background. That said, you can still customize these features according to your needs.
Android has evolved over the years to offer custom font size scaling so that everyone can read the text displayed online. But in Android 7.0 Nougat, this capability has been expanded greatly: Now you can also customize the size of graphical items on-screen as well.
The ability to customize Quick Settings is among the most useful of the many changes you'll notice when you pull down the notification shade in Android 7.0 Nougat. Here's how it works.
Multi-window support isn't the only awesome new multitasking feature in Android 7.0 Nougat: Google has also added a secret new shortcut for quickly switching between the two most recently-used apps.
If I were to pick one marquee feature of Android 7.0 Nougat, it would have to be the system's new multi-window support, which builds on past multitasking functionality and lets you display two apps on the screen at the same time.
Today, Google announced that Android 7.0 Nougat has begun rolling out to users, starting as always with modern Nexus devices. This release includes over 250 major new features, Google says, and will be followed by regular maintenance releases going forward.
Google announced this week that it has issued the final Android N developer preview ahead of the mobile OS's official launch. Like previous developer previews, this one is available mostly on select Nexus devices only.
Google announced the 4th Developer Preview release of Android N today and revealed that the final version of the mobile OS will roll out to consumers "later this summer." Additionally, the final Android N APIs are available to developers today.
Google announced its third Android N Developer Preview at Google I/O last week, and since my Nexus 6P is enrolled in the preview, I was able to upgrade to and experience the new release over the past few days. Here's what I've seen so far.
Going into Google I/O this year, I was most interested to see where the search giant would take its dominant Android mobile OS. And not surprisingly, there were many Android-related announcements in the day keynote. Here's a quick rundown.