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Google released the first Developer Preview of Android N back in March and the search giant pushed nearly five previews of the OS before making it to public. The Android N is now available to download for selected Nexus smartphones - Nexus 6P, Nexus 5X, Nexus 6, Nexus 9, Pixel Tablet, and Nexus Player.
Now, the huge miss in that list will be the Nexus 5 as the company dropped support for the smartphone. As expected, the OS comes with a lot of new features such as the much anticipated multi-window mode, drag and drop text, etc.
We are now covering the top 10 features of the Android N, which are worth looking at.
Finally, Google decided to add the feature officially. Android N comes with a new multi-window mode, which is essentially seen on Samsung smartphones for ages now. You can now view and work on separate tasks at the same time with this feature.
With the Android N, Google is also tweaking the app switcher mode. Now, the multi-task menu comes with bigger cards and the app switcher key can be used for other tasks as well like double tap to switch to the last opened application, tap and hold to switch between apps, etc.
Google thinks that the widgets arena is gone and they are now concentrating on delivering feature rich notifications to their users. There are now five quick toggles and the notifications in the drawer are very helpful. You can drag the notification received to see more information. If there are more than two notifications, you can easily expand them to see the entire information.
Android N also comes with an in-built night mode which when activated applies a red filter to the entire screen to reduce strain on your eyes.
Settings App Gets a Redesign
There aren't many changes to the Settings apps, however, it has some nice additions worth considering. You can immediately observe some new sections on top of the menu, which shows information such as battery left, storage used, Wi-Fi network connected, etc. Also, Google added a new three-line menu to jump from one section to other section with ease.
Data Saver Mode
Data Saver Mode is not a new one to Android, but in Android N, it improved a lot. You can now stop each application from using data in the background, which saves your data.
Finally, the call block feature is here. With the Android N, users can now block calls right from the dialer app itself without installing any third party app, which is a much-awaited addition.
The new Zoomed Interface feature allows you to change the entire system's text according to users choice. It essentially changes the DPI of the display for better viewing of text.
Faster OS Updates
Google promises that with the Android N, users will be able to get faster updates than anyone. This feature will be useful to other manufacturers as they don't need to edit the core OS components of Android. However, this feature will not be supported by the current generation devices.
Better Battery Life
As expected, the Android N offers better battery life than the Marshmallow. Google added some new features to the Doze mode, which was introduced with the Android Marshmallow. Now, in the Android N, the phone no longer syncs or performs tasks in the background which ultimately saves the battery life.