Android N is going to be released with a bang, at least the expectations generated by the release news is indicative of that. The new Android 7.0 release the name of which already became subject of widespread speculation can ultimately be named as Android Nectar, Android Neopolitan or Nacho or Nougat or Android Nutella. By rounding up all these rumors and speculations on the next version of Android, we have ventured here to sum up the important aspects and likely changes that we can expect from this release.
Speculation on Android N name
Google for some time always followed the funny convention of naming its Android OS releases after sweet treats with an alphabetical order. In this way we came across Android Cupcake, Donut, Eclair, Froyo, Gingerbread, Honeycomb, Android Ice Cream Sandwich, Android Jelly Bean, Android KitKat, Android Lollipop and at last Android Marshmallow. Naturally, the next update is again going to be named after a sweet treat and this time as per the alphabetical order the name is going to start with ‘N’. Though, Google is in no mood to let us know the name until the second half of 2016, we can continue predicting all sort of sweet names.
According to majority of speculations and predictions, the bet is on Android 7.0 Nectar. Though an Android enthusiasts are also not leaving Android Nutella out of contention. In any case, whatever be the outcome Android ‘N’ is something we can be sure about.
Why it is the biggest change in Android ecosystem till date?
According to Google just a few devices are destined to get the update named as Android Marshmallow. Naturally, something bigger that can address most devices in the Android ecosystem is expected with the next update. Moreover, Google announced that the next Android update will facilitate merging of Android and Chrome OS. Offering a larger picture compared to general updates with regular feature upgrades, this new Android N from Google is expected to bring biggest change in the Android ecosystem.
When Microsoft achieved the feat of transforming its gigantic service enterprise into a product based company, many big names including Google has taken the motive deep in their future planning. The latest Android update and its merging with product platform such as Chrome OS is a forward step in that direction. Obviously combining the desktop focused Chrome OS with the Android mobile OS will have an era changing effect on Google’s services and business dynamics.
Android N and Android Marshmallow
By the last Android OS Android Marshmallow, Google made significant progress on the security aspects by introducing things like mandatory encryption and secure boot. The upcoming Android N as announced by Google in the developer’s congress is likely to offer larger laptop like screen devices empowered by the new advanced Android OS.
While Android Marshmallow had consistent focus on making security aspects better and transforming Android into a more enterprise ready product, Android N will take this change further ahead. The Google announcement earlier this year on removing the unnecessary bloatware from Google can be a significant indication of this commitment. In that respect in comparison to Android Marshmallow, the uses now can expect addition of bigger features with upcoming Android N.
Design inspiration from Microsoft
Just a month ago, when Google openly revealed its inspiration from Surface Pro of Microsoft and iPad Pro of Apple in bringing its new Pixel C tablet, we could understand the increasing focus on products by the company. As Microsoft was working on the OS that would be suitable for larger screen touch devices, it came up with an OS that smoothly switches between mobile screen tiles and desktop mode offering more flexibility and ease to large screen users. The latest Android version is drawing inspiration from this Microsoft OS and design element.
With the introduction of Chrome OS features in the upcoming Android version, Google is following the example set by Microsoft. In the past, Google has Android-running bigger screen devices, but Android just didn’t feel right. This move to merge the Chrome OS and Android OS in Android N is Sundar Pichai’s attempt to make an OS that can run on all form factors. The Android operating system already runs on smartwatches, TV, tablets, phones – and adding the laptops in this list could be Android’s biggest step yet.
5 Features that will make Android N different
From the upcoming Android N release some great features have been anticipated by users and developer community. Let us have a look at some of these probable features.
1. Multiple window
Multiple windows on the screen allow the tech wizards among Android users to split the screen while using two apps at the same time. Though it was already present in the Developer preview of the Android Marshmallow release, a full blown multi window feature was still out of reach for most users. Naturally, the next release Android N is going to offer this with full capacity.
2. A dedicated theme engine
Android N is expected to offer a dark look with higher contrast, as anticipated by many Android experts. But that is not the end. New Android N may come with a full blown theme engine allowing users to download and apply an array of themes of their preference to their Android devices. For a theme engine users are looking expectant to company for a long time and this time around they can get their due.
3. Tap to wake feature
Tap to wake is already a much anticipated feature that may make the new release more interesting. The feature allows waking up your device by double tapping the device screen.
4. Navigate within now playing list with volume button
Changing track with the volume button can provide great ease specially when the screen is locked and the users do not feel to go the respective app. Yes, this handy feature is expectedly going to come with the new release.
5. Feature rich power buttons
It can be considered as an insignificant and small feature, but nevertheless it can help users by providing an array of shortcuts for reboot, airplane mode or going to recovery. A feature-packed power menu is very expected from this new release.
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