Android Nougat review: What’s new in Android 7.1.2?

With Android O just around the corner, Android Nougat is coming to an end as the latest and best version of Android. But as Nougat progresses steadily towards double digits in terms of the distribution of the Android version, and with Android 7.1.2 now available for a number of devices, we thought it was time to revisit the launch of Android N.

It is possible that Nougat has not delivered the same dramatic visual review we had two versions of Android Lollipop, but Nougat provides many improvements and important improvements over Marshmallow, along with quite possibly major changes in usability. With this in mind, join us as we review the main features of Android 7.x, both for users and behind the scenes, in our full review of Android Nougat.

What’s new in Android 7.1 Nougat?

New features of Android 7.1.2

The latest update for Pixel and the compatible Nexus family is Android 7.1.2, originally announced on January 31, which actually adds a little more than you would expect for an incremental update. Pixels miss the most exciting things, especially since they already have it, getting only the “powered by Android” logo on the boot screen and the security patch on March 5. Google also improved the finger glide gesture for pixel connectivity and Bluetooth problems.

The Nexus 6P, which I am using with Android 7.1.2 now, finally got fingerprint scanner gestures, which means that now you can drag down the notifications tone with the finger scanner mounted on the backside. It can be found in the Movements section of the Configuration menu and is not enabled by default. Neither the Nexus 6 nor the Nexus 9 will be updated to 7.1.2.

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But the most significant change of functions of Android 7.1.2 occurred for Pixel C, which inherited the Pixel Launcher from the smartphone line and also added a new multitasking view. The new overview of recent applications shows small tiles arranged in a grid pattern instead of the most familiar stack of cards.

You can only see eight applications at once and, for now, you can not even slide them, but it’s a solid start. The Pixel C also receives the new solid navigation buttons found on Pixel phones and can slide up the home screen to open the application drawer.

In a slightly strange twist, Android 7.1.2 also allowed some users, but not all, to choose where to install live wallpapers. Devices that are not Pixel can install the Wallpapers application to replicate the functionality of the Pixel screen selector, which brings with it a lot of new wallpapers and the ability to choose if a wallpaper should be applied to the Home screen, lock screen or both.

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New features of Android 7.1.1

Take a look at the following video to see a quick summary of the new Android 7.1 Nougat features. As indicated above, a distinction must be made between the Android 7.1 version found on Google Pixel phones and the Android 7.1 update that was sent to Nexus devices. The Nexuses did not inherit the Pixel Launcher, although Google Assistant came separately at a later date (February 26 to be precise).

The most significant includes initiator shortcuts, which allow you to press an icon and access a couple of quick actions, such as recording a video or taking a selfie in the camera application without having to start the entire application first. Instead of five, there are now six quick switches in the notification tone, and if you press and hold the power button, there is finally a restart option in the shutdown menu.

There is a new tabbed view in the Settings menu that replicates the one in the Pixels, with a new Help tab for help throughout the day. Some changes were also made to the Configuration, including the addition of an intelligent storage manager with automatic and manual cleaning options and the addition of a Movements section in which various gestures and motion detection are activated. GIF support also arrived at an early stage on the Google keyboard.

A note on the revision of Android 7.0

Anyone who has seen the previews of Android N developers will definitely see many familiar features of Android Nougat here. The compilations are so similar that if you were running Android N Dev Preview 5, the official OTA for the Android 7.0 update was a small 49.5 MB, compared to 1.1 GB if you updated from Marshmallow.

While some of us have already seen much of Nougat, we will approach this revision of Android 7.0 from the perspective of a new user, someone who has not “seen everything before”. We want to offer a complete overview of the functions of Android 7.0, but we will also make comparisons with Marshmallow when relevant and provide a context with the discussion of the features that appeared in the preliminary versions of Android N, but that was not enough. The final version

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Nougat in a few words

If I had to add Android Nougat in a few words, I would say that it is Android that has its roots. The general feeling of Android has become increasingly stable since Lollipop, with fewer flip flopping functions, fewer performance problems and a greater focus on Polish. Nougat is about expanding functionality, improving pre-existing features and further expanding what is possible in Android stock.

As you know, Marshmallow largely maintained the overall look of Lollipop, but included new features such as Doze Mode, the fingerprint API and granular permissions. A year later and Nougat follows him, keeping the home screen and design of Marshmallow applications drawer, but going deeper still, laying the groundwork for what is to come.

There are some new visual features to be sure, with a redesigned menu of Settings and notifications area. But there is also much more enhanced functionality and interesting background things in Nougat than what is seen on the surface.


This section will be dedicated almost entirely to Nougat’s multitasking and split-screen functionality. These are possibly the items with the most entries in Nougat and those that deserve more attention, and probably cause the greatest confusion. This is because, in addition to Google’s implementation of multi-window mode and other multi-tasking functions in Nougat, they are a bit complicated and are forced to leave some people behind.

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Split screen mode: how it works

Nougat finally offers the split-screen mode for Android stock, a feature that has existed in custom maker and ROM masks since forever. The built-in version of Android Nougat is somehow better than the one we’ve seen before, but it can also be a little … exaggerated. Now take a deep breath as I guide you through how everything works.

The split screen works both in portrait mode and in landscape mode, with the two “windows” only being resizable in portrait mode. Application developers can set their own minimum application height, but in landscape mode, you’re stuck with a 50/50 split width, which really makes sense.

The split screen mode can be activated by pressing and holding the overview of the application / button of recent applications while you are in an application itself. It can also be activated by pressing and holding an application preview card in the application chooser and dragging it to the top of the screen. You can even enable a gesture action to start when you slide up the overview button. So far, many options.

That first application will appear in the top window (or in the left if it is in landscape mode) and you can choose your second application from the application selector, which is automatically displayed. Or, when the application switcher is displayed in the sub window, you can touch Start to start an application from the home screen or open the application panel.

Think of it this way: the application on top (or on the left in landscape mode) is the main application, the other application is secondary and it is the one that can be easily changed. With this in mind, you will always want to start multi-window mode with the application that you are less likely to want to change.

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The applications of rapid change are the best

Fast switching basically consists of mixing the two most recently used applications. It works on the whole system, so you can change it quickly every time you are in a full-screen application and you can also use it in the secondary window of split-screen mode.

Simply double-tap the general description button of the application and it will switch between your two most recent applications in your secondary window. (The same gesture changes between full screen applications when it is not in split screen mode).

The presence of the quick-change action, possibly my favorite Nougat characteristic of all, means that you can triple tasks in multi-window mode. For example, you can watch a YouTube video in the upper window and quickly switch between two social feeds at the bottom. Or you can compose an email in the top panel while simultaneously switching between a note application and a web page in the bottom window. Actually it is quite impressive.

Working with split screen mode

Speaking of writing, the multi-window mode is pretty smart when it comes to the keyboard. If you have two evenly spaced windows and you need to type in one (for example, a URL or search term), the windows will automatically resize to accommodate the keyboard and then automatically work again when the keyboard is off screen again. You can also drag and drop text between the two windows, although this does not work with all applications.

Exiting the split screen mode is also quite intuitive: just drag the black splitter to the full screen with the application at the bottom or drag down to the application at the top. Alternatively, you can press and hold the application overview button again and your main application will go full screen.

Pressing the Start button while in split-screen mode pulls your apps out of the screen, but will always know that you have split-screen mode enabled because your status bar will retain the color of the main application and the view button general will change to a division screen icon Touching the overview button twice will return it to your current split screen configuration, while touching it once, you will return to your main application and replace the secondary application with the application selector.

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When the split screen mode becomes strange

A final comment on the multi-window mode could give you an idea of ​​how good it is, but something strange, this feature of Nougat. When you have a Chrome tab open in split screen mode, tapping the overflow button provides a new option called ‘Move to another window’ which will then open a second Chrome tab on the other split screen panel; this is really great

But, depending on the size of your two split-screen windows in Chrome, when you open the tab view, you can move your tabs vertically or horizontally, and this is a bit weird. It makes sense, I suppose, but it’s definitely strange. Not being able to drag and drop text consistently with all applications, since all applications are not compatible with split-screen mode, and inconsistencies like this Chrome example (and other errors I’ve found) show that it’s not yet It is very polished.

It is clear that Google also has some remaining problems with the resizing of the contents of the split screen. Now, the size and width of the font change according to the height of each window. This is good. But, for example, opening Gmail first followed by Google Play leaves parts of the Play Store search bar cut off (which can be seen in the screenshot below).

Changing the size of the windows corrects this visual problem, but it is an error that should never have reached the final version, especially after months and months of previews of the developers. (The night mode of someone who has nothing to do is another example of how Google seems to have run out of time with Nougat).

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The million dollar question

If you have managed to follow me here, you probably have a good idea of ​​how useful the split screen mode can be if you just take the time to learn how to use it (there are no emerging tutorials). or something for the characteristic). The question is however: will it really become fashionable?

Unfortunately for Google, the vast majority of Android users simply will not take the time to solve it. In addition, the utility of split-screen mode on a 5.5-inch smartphone screen is debatable and the decrease in tablet usage means Nougat’s split-screen mode may never get the use it deserves. However, if you swing a tablet with Nougat, a surprise awaits you.


Not everything in Nougat is so intricate. Some features are simple, simple and intuitive. From new additions of functions to adjustments in Marshmallow staples, Nougat does many things better than its predecessor.

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Notifications: redesigned, included and Quick Reply-able

The notification area in Nougat has received a slight change of image, eliminating the letters of Google Now-esque of Marshmallow and going super flat and full width. You get more information and less space lost in them too, which is exactly what you want from a notification. Similarly, grouped notifications and Quick Response are so obvious and so useful that it is surprising that they have not appeared in the Android version so far.

Basically there are three views for Nougat notifications: the supercompact lock screen view, the shady view of slightly informative notifications and the expanded view with ‘quick actions’, which you access by sliding down a notification or touching the top of the notification itself. Fast actions are what I call Nougat’s new and attractive quick response feature and other similar functions.

Rapid response is simply the ability to respond to a message directly from your notification without having to open the application completely. It is a fantastic feature that will save you a lot of time and endless application switching.

But quick actions go beyond the simple answer: you can also share, delete, archive and more directly from a notification. These actions make Nougat notifications a much more active and receptive place. But, again, not all applications support this functionality either.

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Prioritization of notifications

You can still swipe to discard notifications and tell Android how much notification information to show on the lock screen in the notification area of ​​the settings (Sounds also has its own dedicated section in Nougat). But you can also long press a notification to access your priority settings or slide it a little to one side and touch the settings icon to access its options.

The options are simple: display notifications silently; block all notifications; Do not silence or block. You can also access the full configuration page of the application where you have even more control, including the application’s whitelist to notify you even when the Do Not Disturb mode is activated (but more on that later).

Multiple notifications of the same application will now also join, saving more space and allowing them to be discarded en masse or expanded for individual attention.

The UI Tuner of the system is back

For those of you who preferred the ‘mobile scale’ to establish the importance of application notifications from the developer’s previews, you can easily enable it in the System UI Tuner through the Energy notification controls.

To add the System UI Tuner to your Settings menu, just touch and hold the settings icon in the Quick Settings until it turns and your device vibrates. Now you will find it at the bottom of the Settings menu. The UI Tuner of the system also contains the button to change the split and alternate screen glide gesture for which icons are visible in the status bar. You will also find some Do Not Disturb options there.

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Customizable quick configuration

The quick settings in Nougat have also been updated. To begin with, now you will always have a useful list of five buttons at the top of the notification tone. You can edit the order of this list to make sure that only the shortcuts most important to you are present. The small arrow on the right side will take you to the full quick configuration page, which you can also access with the familiar gesture of sliding with two fingers from the top of the screen.

Now you can have several pages of tiles too. Some of them instantly activate or deactivate a configuration, such as the flashlight, the Do Not Disturb mode and the Location. You can touch other tiles, such as Bluetooth and Wi-Fi, to access a small menu directly in the Quick Settings.

The ability to turn off Bluetooth and Wi-Fi should now be done from the menu, even after the uproar over removing the push functionality to toggle in the developer’s previews. Fortunately, however, you can activate or deactivate Wi-Fi and Bluetooth through the omnipresent quick settings that alternate at the top of the notification tone. When you press a tile for a long time, you will access the full screen of the Settings menu.

In the Full Quick Settings list, you can also touch the Edit button in the lower right corner to rearrange the tiles or replace them with others. The list of optional extras is quite minimal: just Cast, Data Saver, Invert colors and Hotspot. But developers can now create customized Quick Set tabs for their applications, which will definitely make things much more interesting in the coming months.

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Doze mode on the fly

Some of you will remember how happy I was when the battery shortcut appeared in the developers’ previews, which meant that by pressing the battery icon, the entire battery configuration would be instantaneous. That is here and I am happy. But that’s not the most exciting drum function in Nougat because of a remote possibility.

Doze mode has now been improved to work not only when the device is stopped for a while, but also when it is in motion. Your screen should be off, obviously, but now you can enjoy different degrees of Doze whenever your phone is not being used. It’s too early to say how much better Doze is in Nougat, but expanded functionality alone is appreciated.

The new two-layer system means essentially that a phone left in your pocket or purse while on the move will turn off access to the network and only synchronize data periodically and execute tasks. When a device is completely stationary for a while, it will go into an even deeper hibernation, without synchronization, delayed jobs, without wakelocks or GPS or Wi-Fi scanning. In this mode, maintenance windows are even more extended.

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Support multilanguage, emoji and links of applications

Nougat now allows you to set up multiple regional configurations as well as a primary and secondary language, and easily switch between them, which is obviously a big deal for bilingual Android users and frequent travelers. You also have full control over how much information is displayed on the screen with the addition of a simple DPI changer in the Display settings.

Slide to the left to place more things on the screen and to the right to enlarge everything. This is another simple but excellent feature to have in existence on Android, which previously required an edit in the device’s build.prop file. You will find it very useful in large screen phones and tablets.

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There are

72 new emoji in nougat

including several skin tones courtesy of Unicode 9 and the wallpaper selector allows you to set an image as home wallpaper, lock wallpaper or both. But perhaps best of all,

Now you can set your favorite applications on top of the share selector.
Just keep them pressed from the action selector menu.

You can still set applications to your screen (ideal for temporarily sharing your phone with someone), define which applications open certain types of links (now known as Open links in the Applications section of the Settings menu) and manage individual application permissions as you could with Marshmallow .


Android Nougat does not just try to improve or make things more complex. A lot of work has been spent on accelerating Android, a much larger project that can be seen across Google, from Chrome optimization and accelerated mobile pages to Google Fiber and the Wing drones delivery project.

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New configuration menu

The Settings menu has been reconfigured in Android 7.0, and the two main changes are the addition of a hamburger menu on the left and the presence of high order information in each title of the Settings section. The first one will be very familiar to you: it is the same mechanism you are used to access Google Now and the navigation panel in many Google applications.

Although you can access it at any time, once you are in a submenu in Settings, you will see the hamburger menu icon in the upper left, which replaces the need for the Back button. Touch (or slide from the left edge) and you can jump to any other part of the Settings menu instantly without having to repeatedly touch the back arrow.

Even when you can not see the icon, as in the Advanced Wi-Fi Settings or the main Settings page, you can still slide your finger out. It is a useful “quick escape” feature, even if it is not likely to be used by many people. Like many new features in Android 7.0, you can use it if you want, but if you do not, you will not even notice it is there.

The best part of the new Configuration menu is that the essential information contained in each Configuration section is now displayed right there on the main page. You will instantly know which Wi-Fi network or Bluetooth device you are connected to, how many applications you have installed, how much storage you have used and how long your battery is expected to last. It’s a small addition maybe, but another massive time saving.

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There is a new Suggestions area at the top of the Settings menu, where you will see intermittently suggestions from the Android system about a variety of things. From reminding you to use voice search, register a fingerprint, add email accounts or change your wallpaper, you can act on them or minimize them and ignore them at will. If you want to get rid of the section completely, simply touch the overflow menu and remove all suggestions.

When you have the Do Not Disturb mode enabled (or other configurations such as Flight Mode), you will also see a persistent reminder at the top of the Settings menu, where you can also turn it off. The built-in file manager, found in Storage> Explore, has also been slightly rejigged, using a mosaic design now instead of the list view it got in Marshmallow.

In Nougat, when you go to the Information page of the application for the applications that you have installed yourself, you can now see if they come from Google Play or if they were loaded in a secondary way. This probably does not matter to most people, but it will help if you wonder why an application has not been updated recently or is solving something.

Sounds and notifications now have their own dedicated Settings areas and you can set your phone to Silent through the Do Not Disturb alternator in Quick Settings (but not through the volume button).

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Do not bother

Do Not Disturb has been one of the most complicated implementations of any Android function in recent memory. If nothing else, continued exposure to that means that the basic idea has probably begun slowly to sink at this time. If you can understand it, it can actually save you a lot of time and effort when you do not want to be interrupted.

The Do Not Disturb setting allows you to choose Total Silence, Only Alarms and Priority Only. You can set exceptions for Priority mode to allow certain notifications, activate Do Not Disturb mode for a certain period of time or indefinitely, create automatic rules for the weekend, nights or work hours and also block visual disturbances such as LED notifications or screen pop-ups.

Saving data

Data Saver is not exactly rocket science, but it puts the tools in your hands instead of those of application developers. Data Saver basically allows you to deny Internet access to applications in the background when connected to mobile data. You will also receive a large reminder at the top of the Settings menu when Data Saving is enabled to remind you that it is active.

Enabling the Data Saver, which can be accessed by alternating between Quick Settings and through the Data area in Settings, will limit background synchronization to when connected to Wi-Fi. Of course, you can whitelist any application that wants to access the network without restrictions (such as email or WhatsApp), even when the Data Saver is activated.

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Updates without interruptions

Speaking of updates, Android Nougat is also introducing the concept of integrated updates, which essentially means that new Android updates will be downloaded in the background and stored on a different system partition. It’s the same update approach that Chromebooks take.

Once an update has been downloaded in the background, the next time you restart your phone, the system will change the partitions and you will instantly have the new Android updates without having to go through the usual process of download, restart and installation.

Unfortunately, the Nexus 2016 will be the first devices to receive these updates without problems. That means you will not get them on any current device, including the Nexus 6P and the Nexus 5X.

Maintenance updates and the beta program

For those of you in the Android N beta program, you may want to stay in it even now that Nougat is officially out. Google has announced that periodic updates of the maintenance version (MR) will be implemented prior to those of the beta program. Pre-publication MRs will bring “refinements and continuous polishing”, but they will also offer bug fixes and feature settings before they all get them.

However, as with all beta versions, these may also be less stable than the regular updates that others will get. If you are the type that simply should have the latest and the best as soon as possible and are willing to suffer the occasional error to obtain them, then the beta program is for you. Everyone else can sit down and wait for regular public releases to be published.

Camera shortcuts

The update of the Google camera that comes with Nougat on the Nexus devices also adds a new gesture of rotation to switch between the front and back cameras. Unlike Moto devices, it can not be used to start the camera, so it only works when the camera application is already open.

Fortunately, the shortcut of the power button comes back, which is incredibly useful, so all you need to do to start the camera instantly is to press the power button twice. However, it is possible that you must first enable this feature in the Display settings.

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Recent changes of applications

The menu of recent applications, or the general description of the application, or the multitasking menu or whatever you want to call it, has also been modified slightly in Android 7.0. The cards are now bigger and there are fewer, which means that the potentially endless list we had at Marshmallow has been reduced to something a little more realistic. The Android system itself can now remove unused applications from the list for a long time.

A handy Delete button has been added at the top of the stack of your card so you can clear up the clutter and tell Nougat that you can close any associated application process. If you use it regularly, it will also make the change between your most recent applications much easier to navigate.

These changes, along with other time savers like the Quick Setup mini-switches, the camera shortcuts and the fast application change feature really start to add up.

Vulkan, Java 8 and OpenJDK

Nougat officially adds support for the Vulkan API, which promises faster, smoother and better rendered game graphics. I will not go into details because we have covered Vulkan in another place in greater detail, I only know that it comes from the same people in charge of OpenGL and that OpenGL remains in Nougat.

Game developers can simply choose between the higher performance and the higher complexity of Vulkan or follow the OpenGL standard that is easier to implement but less intense. It’s a win-win for players and developers alike, even if Vulkan will take a while to spread.

Nougat also supports Java 8. Java 8 really only applies to developers, so I’m not going to do a hatchet job here trying to explain why it’s a good thing. Sleep well knowing that it allows developers to do better things with the code. Finally, Nougat makes the change of the Java APIs to an OpenJDK-based approach, which may not matter so much considering that Google has just defeated Oracle in the courts.

What is JIT anyway?

Do you know how in Lollipop and Marshmallow when you rebooted you would have to wait years while the system “optimized applications?” That’s because in Lollipop, Android made the switch from the Dalvik virtual machine to Android Runtime (ART) that compiles applications in advance of While this meant that applications started faster once they started, restarting took forever because all applications had to be compiled first.

Android 7.0 changes things a bit, reintroducing just-in-time compilation (JIT) in the ART repertoire. In simple terms, this means that the Android system will previously compile some applications, but will only compile parts of other applications when they are really needed. The result is a faster boot phone, applications that use less RAM, require less storage, and update faster. Not bad, huh?


No Android update would be complete without security enhancements either. Android 7.0 has many things going on, from reinforcing the media stack to deny future privilege escalations from the Stagefright media library, to simply informing you where an application was installed from. But Nougat also has some security features and serious security advances.

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Direct start

Direct Boot on Android Nougat It aims to take that limbo stage between starting and deciphering your device and making it a little more useful. Imagine that your phone reboots randomly without you knowing it and then you lose an alarm and several important notifications. Well, Nougat will now boot to the lock screen before requiring a PIN or pattern unlock to decrypt, allowing the selected information to be delivered to an encrypted device.

Direct Boot means that you can still receive incoming calls, receive notifications, hear alarms and see new emails while your private information remains secure. You just have to wait for the developers to add Direct Boot support to their applications and, hopefully, do not abuse the privilege. Direct Boot will never get a slap on the head in the same way that split-screen mode will do, but arguably it’s more useful for the average person.

As an example, Direct Boot accesses device-encrypted data that allows it to boot all the way to the lock screen. But device-encrypted data can also include explicitly registered app data like incoming notifications and calls. Everything else is securely encrypted at the file level, further securing your data.

The new Nexuses will support file encryption and Direct Boot automatically, but everyone else will have to enable Developer options and select Convert to file encryption , which will wipe your data in the process. You will see a lock screen system notification on Direct Boot that reads ‘Some functionality may be limited’.

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Number blocking / call selection

Android 7.0 has an advanced number blocking and call selection platform that provides users with complete control over unwanted callers and unknown numbers. The Carrier integration also means that numbers blocked through the dialer can be blocked through all means, including VOIP and call forwarding. Block numbers can also block texts and allow multiple applications to use the blocked number list to get more blocking support throughout the system.

Manage access to the applications folder

In addition, Nougat adds detailed control over what folders the installed applications can access. Before, it somehow allowed applications to access everything, but now you can limit your access to files in almost the same way that you can manage your permissions. ‘Access to the scope directory’ allows application developers to specifically request access to individual folders instead of all their folders, another win-win.

Similarly, in the Special Access section of the Settings section of the Applications section, you can touch a multitude of restricted areas such as Modify system settings, Draw over other applications, Premium access to SMS and Access to unrestricted data to see which applications you requested Access and toggle that access On or off. This is just one of the many user controls in Android 7.0.

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Emergency information

Android Nougat can add emergency information to your lock screen. Simply go to Settings> Users> Emergency information to add the types of data you want the first responders to know, such as your blood type, name and address and any allergies. Keep in mind that this information will also be visible to anyone who picks up or steals your phone.

Better backups and accessibility settings

With Nougat, even simple things like application backups are improved because they now cover the application’s permissions, network access settings, restrictions and accessibility settings. Accessibility in Android 7.0 has also intensified, with accessibility settings available during device configuration, an obvious advantage for anyone who needs those features at the front and center. Variable text-to-speech speed and mono output for those with single-ear hearing loss are great additions, as is the DPI slider to resize screen content.

Android for work

To complete the I-can’t-believe-you-made-it-this-far section, Android 7.0 adds quite a few new features for Android for Work. From a VPN always activated to a working mode setting that allows you to block work-related notifications once you have closed the day’s schedule.

Obviously, you will need a device with an Android for Work profile configured, but if you do, you can enjoy fun features such as quick access to the company directory and additional security features for applications related to the work you’ve done. Affects the rest of the device . Woohoo

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Other features

In the leftover pile we have a variety of things, from Allo and Daydream to night mode and virtual reality. To review them quickly, the Google Assistant will not appear until the new Nexuses arrive with Allo on board (we’re not even sure that we’ll see Allo released as a standalone application before then).

While Nougat officially admits Daydream VR and Project Tango, that will not matter until we start seeing Nougat appear on devices ready for Daydream and on the Tango phone. There are already several mentions of the VR mode, but they still do not do much. We also do not have Daydream headphones for the Nexus 6P, assuming they are compatible with Daydream VR.

The Night mode of Android’s blue light filtering is another strange one. A part of the code left over from the developer’s first preview meant that the night mode stayed in the previews as long as it accepted the OTA updates and did not show a new factory image.

Interestingly, the Night Mode still appears for some people in Nougat’s final compilation, although its functionality seems to be a bit unstable depending on who is using it. A new application has appeared that returns it completely (since all the relevant code remains in Nougat), but again, even that does not work for everyone. Hopefully, Google will fix those performance issues and return them officially in the next MR update.

Finally, there are a couple of new features in the Developer options that are quite useful for ordinary people if you are willing to risk breaking things in order to use them. Now you can tell Android to allow an application to move to the SD card, even if the manifest values ​​of the application say it can not be.

In addition, you can tell the system to force any application to appear in split-screen mode, even if it has not been designed to do so. Of course, Google’s camera, the most obvious application for non-segmented screens, is in some way exempt from this kind of coercion.

Android Nougat review: What's new in Android 7.1.2?


If you’ve gotten this far, you’ll know how few are the attractive and exciting features of the “general audience” that Android Nougat has and how many boring functions, but ultimately, more useful for everyone, include. instead. There is great potential for customization in Android stock now, more than ever before, but it may be wisely kept out of the main view.

Nougat adds some great features, the kind of things we used to have to resort to custom ROMs, manufacturers’ designs or third-party applications to obtain. But most of these will only be used by advanced users, either because they are too complicated for the “average user” or because most people will not even realize they exist.

This is perhaps the best way to summarize Android 7.0 Nougat. It is an Android version for Android fans. It does the basic things well and without much fuss for everyone, but for those of us willing to dig around or with an eye to the future, there is plenty to keep us occupied. It is remarkably stable with only some inconsistencies and errors: without a doubt the smallest number that I have seen in a new version of Android.

But while it may be harder, better, faster, stronger for the Nexus master race, for the vast majority of Android users, the most important feature of Nougat will be how well it works if they succeed or at some point on your device.

When do you expect to see Nougat? What is the only characteristic that you lose?


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