Google recently surprised everyone by releasing the Android N Developer Preview. Not only is the release months ahead of I/O 2016, but Google doesn’t seem to have zeroed in on a name for the latest Android version either. Along with the release, Google has highlighted some of the new improvements and features on Android N, but the folks at Lifehacker have shared a list of features that weren’t revealed by the company. Also Read - Samsung Galaxy Chromebook Go powered by Intel Jasper Lake Celeron processor revealedAlso Read - Free COVID-19 vaccine: Today’s Google Doodle urges all to get vaccinated, wear mask
We have already listed some of the coolest new features on Android N, which includes multi-window support, inline notification replies, improved doze mode and data saver and number blocking and call screening among others. Here’s a look at some Android N secrets that Google didn’t share. Also Read - HP Chromebook 11a review: Great for students, not so for professionals
Improved Recent button: The multi-tasking screen has gotten smarter with Android N, and double-tapping the home button will now switch back to the previous app you were using. Multiple taps will jump through apps in the order they were opened. Think of it as the Alt+Tab keyboard shortcut on Windows PCs.
Built-in File Manager: Google introduced a built-in File Manager on Marshmallow, but it is much better on Android N. The File Manager is now called ‘Explorer’ and it lets users do more than just make copies of files. You can now move or rename files, create new folders and everything that a third-party file manager can do.
Do Not Disturb: The Do Not Disturb feature stops Android from bombarding you with notifications during the set quiet hours. On Android N, an alarm can override DND. In other words if you have DND set to end at 7:30AM, but you set an alarm for 6:00AM someday, DND will be automatically disabled the moment the alarm rings.
Night Mode: Android N has a night mode, which changes the smartphone’s UI to a darker shade that is suitable for the eyes in low light. It also tweaks the display’s color temperature in night mode. Google has also added an option to automatically switch to Night mode depending upon the location and time.
Optimizing apps no more: Since Android KitKat, every time you update the OS, the phone goes through an optimizing apps phase while restarting. This feature is frustrating since it takes a long time before your updated smartphone is usable. With Android N, Google is skipping this process entirely. The process of updating your phone or restoring one from scratch is much faster now.
Google has made it very easy for Nexus users to try out Android N Developer Preview ahead of the official release. The preview is currently compatible only with the Nexus 6, Nexus 9, Nexus 5X, Nexus 6P, Nexus Player, and the Pixel C. There have also been reports that Google could be testing the Developer Preview on older devices like the Nexus 5 and the Nexus 7 (2013).
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