6 amazing features will improve your Android experience on Android Nougat

We’ve waited for a long time for Google’s next operating system, but the final version is rolling out through over-the-air updates as we speak. Google devices, namely the Nexus 6, Nexus 5, Nexus 6P, Nexus 9, Nexus Player and Pixel C devices is ready to try to mobile OS for the first time. No word on when everyone else should expect Nougat on their Android devices.

In the meantime, here are some of the amazing new features you’ll see once the update rolls your way.

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Google Assistant

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

 

Instant Apps

Timed with the release of Nougat but also available on phones running Android versions as old as Jelly Bean, Instant Apps lets you access or use certain apps without having to download and install them. This is especially useful for digital payment transactions, where you can pay with Android Pay instead of whatever system the app would have made you use.

 

Multiwindow

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. iOS has had a similar feature for awhile, so it’s great to see it come to Android.

 

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Bundles of notifications

If your notification menu is a mess of alerts, this feature might help. Developers will be able to group together notifications from their app. You’ll see a bundle of notifications from each app in the menu, and you’ll just tap the bundle to expand it and see each individual alert.
Again, iOS has something like this for its notification menu that you have to toggle manually on, so it’s a welcome addition to Android too.

 

Doze on the Go

Android 6.0 Marshmallow was the first to get Doze, a battery-saving setting that halts background computing and kicks in when your phone is not in use and sitting still. Doze on the Go does the same thing, except your phone can be in motion (like if it’s inside your pocket sitting idle). Google’s also working on Project Svelte, which aims to reduce the amount of memory Android needs. The goal is to bring the latest versions of Android to more devices, especially those with lower-end specs.

 

Reply in a notification

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. iOS has had a similar feature for awhile, so it’s great to see it come to Android.
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