Android N: 10 awesome features we’re looking forward to

What is Android N?

Android N is an upcoming mobile operating system, it will be used on Google’s next phone and tablet. The stable release of Android N is expected in summer of 2016, however, Google announced that Android N had reached beta quality with Developer Preview 3 at its annual developer’s conference on May 18, 2016.

Android N: 10 awesome features we’re looking forward to

10 awesome features of Android N

1. Multiwindow

True multitasking support is finally arriving as expected. You can open up two apps at once on Android phones and tablets, and split screen is deservedly the highlight of Android devices. It is very similar to what the Apple iPad Air 2, iPad Mini 4 and iPad Pro can do. Android TV gets picture-in-picture mode, allowing you to continue watching your show in a smaller screen while performing another task.

2. New Emoji

Android N was supposed to bring tons of new emojis to Android. It’s finally introducing emoji that look like people, and it’s largely doing away with its freaky blobs.The update of Unicode 9.0 includes 74 emojis that Google came up with and proposed to add to Unicode. You’re guaranteed to do a lot of swiping now because there are so many emojis to choose from.

3. Direct reply notifications

Brought over from Android Wear watches, Google now lets you reply to text messages from the notification shade. When you get a new message, a little alert will pop up at the top of the screen and you can type your reply right there and go back to what you were doing. With this, the user will not need to leave an app to answer a message?or even unlock their phone.

4. Quick switch between tabs

The task-switching button has another trick in Android N, too: double-tap it to instantly switch to your most recently used app. Google calls it Quick Switch, but it’s basically Alt-Tab for Android. You can quickly switch between ope tabs by swiping from the address bard, or swipe either right or left to get to other tabs. This is faster than using the Tab Overview feature.

5. VR mode

Android N is getting its own virtual reality upgrade. By going to?Settings > Apps > Configure apps > Special access > VR helper,?you can find a menu screen waiting to be filled by a list of apps that are making use of an API designed for VR apps.

6. Optimize recent-used apps

Google says their user research showed that over 99% of users never accessed an app further back than 7 in the recent apps UI. So, Android N operating system will only show the most recent seven apps after a period of inactivity.

7. Google Assistant

The new Assistant software will let you engage in more natural back-and-forth dialogue with the Android device than you can with Now (Google’s current digital and search assistant), in order to get things done, like research a restaurant and make a reservation through OpenTable.

8. New quick settings menu

Google is adding a new quick settings menu to the notifications shade you pull down from the top. It’s a lot like the one Samsung, LG and every other Android manufacturer seems to use.

9. Bundled notifications

All messages from a specific messaging app, for example, are bundled together in the notification shade. These grouped alerts can then be expanded into individual notifications using a two-finger gesture or tapping the all-new expansion button.

10. Enhanced doze mode

The energy saving mode Doze has been improved in Android N. Previously, the feature had only worked when the phone had remained completely undisturbed for a long time, i.e. when you’re sleeping, but now Google says Doze will also save battery any time the screen is turned off.