Whether you are an avid Android supporter or have recently converted due to the disappointing release of the Apple iPhone 7, there are plenty of surprises in-store for you to get the most from your device. Android 7.0 Nougat is rolling out to Nexus devices as we speak and will eventually reach other devices depending on your manufacturers customisations.
If you have just downloaded it or are waiting in anticipation then there is plenty you can look forward to learning which will help you get better value for money from your device. Today I present some money saving and value adding features that the Android 7.0 Nougat offers to all users. Those veteran Android supporters will also be surprised at some of the new additions.
Increased Battery Life
The biggest advancement we saw with Android Marshmallow was the Doze feature that allowed the user to put the phone and its apps into a low-power state when it detects that your handset is horizontal and stationary. Apps that were told to check for updates and alerts less frequently helped increase battery life.
Now with Android 7.0 Nougat, Doze has become more sophisticated and intelligent and can determine when you’re not using your device even if it’s bouncing around in your pocket or bag. Ultimately you do have the choice of deciding which apps are included and excluded from Doze.
Apps Next to one Another
Split screen mode is certainly one of the better uses for phablet and tablet screens meaning you can now keep open two apps side-by-side at the same time. To use this feature simply tap on the overview button, then hold and drag an app’s title bar to the right or left of the screen. When it pops into shape, pick a second app for the other side.
In-between the two apps will be a black sliding bar that allows you to adjust the size that each app takes up on the screen and expanding one will reduce the other.
Reduce Data Usage
Android already had smart data monitoring software that would warn you once you consumed a pre-determined data mount, thus helping you keep within your monthly quota. Now Android Nougat has even better money saving software that includes a dedicated ‘Data Saver’ option which can be found within the data usage menu settings.
Effectively it works like Doze but for data and reduces what apps can send and receive in the background. This money saving feature can help those of you avoid a large data bill when you get back from holiday or have been away from a Wi-Fi zone for a long time.
Lock Screen Emergency Information
This feature really adds some value to your device, because it helps someone return your handset if you have lost it. If someone picks up your phone for example and they try to unlock it, your emergency contact information will be displayed and they will be able to return the device to you. Anybody can access the emergency contact information by tapping ‘Emergency’ under the lock screen dial icon too.
Android previously provided some quick action options under notification alerts, e.g. reply or ignore, but Nougat takes it one step further and allows you to respond to a notification directly from the notification panel. This saves battery power because the user doesn’t have to constantly open and close different apps. This feature will be made available to all apps, but of course it will depend on the individual app developers to include the functionality within their software.
This in my opinion is one of the best new features that Android has included within their latest update; no longer are all notifications equal. It irritates me when certain notifications that aren’t important stay at the top of the list and the important ones get pushed further down. Now with Nougat 7.0 you have the ability to tweak the settings of certain apps and can assign each app a level of priority. Each level is explained in the settings when you are selecting the priority, e.g. level 5 apps are allowed to generate full-screen interruptions whilst level 0 apps show no notification at all.
Overall there are plenty of new features that will help Android users save money, preserve battery power and add value to their device by enabling them with more dedicated software functionality. Please let the Buckscoop community know what your thoughts are on the latest update and if there is anything else useful that you wish to share with us about Nougat 7.0.