N for Nougat!

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And now it’s official! Not Nutella, nor Neyyappam but it is N for Nougat. Google has announced that Android-N, its latest version will be named Nougat. For those of you who don’t know what nougat is, it is a sweet made using whipped egg whites, roasted nuts, sugar and candied fruits ( it is a component used in Snickers).

Nougat which has been in the developer stage for the past few months since being announced by Google in May will be the 14th version (Version 7.0) of Android.  Most of the previous versions were also named after sweets or confectioneries from its third version – Cupcake followed by Donut, Éclair, Froyo, Gingerbread, Honeycomb, Ice Cream Sandwich, Jelly Bean, KitKat, Lollipop, to the most recent Marshmallow.

The name has evoked mixed reactions from all around the world. Nutella was a global favorite, but in India campaigns were even conducted for sweets like Neyyappam. I read somewhere that Google decided not to use Nutella because it sounded more like Nadella (Satya Nadella, CEO of Microsoft Corp.)

Anyway, Android-N is something everyone is looking forward to.

Features of Nougat

The main features of Android-N at a glance are as follows:

  • It introduces a split-screen multi-window mode in which two apps could occupy two sides of the screen. An experimental free form multi-window mode is also available.

  • Notifications Shade:The notifications have undergone a shade change. And you can even reply to a message within the notification shade. Multiple notifications from a single app will be “bundled”.

  • Doze Changes:The doze mode helps to save your battery power. In the previous version of Marshmallow, Doze would be a activated only when the phone remained idle for sometime. But in Nougat, Doze starts once the screen goes off. This helps to save your power even more.

  • Data Saver:The name says it all. You finally get to control which apps have access to your data. Although this feature is already available in various handsets, now it will be a feature of Android and hence every device will have it.

  • The settings menu will also spot a new look. It’ll be giving out more info without the user having to select any option and going deeper.

Nougat is slated to reach all devices by August or September 2016. What are the new features that you’ll be looking forward to? Do let us know.