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7 New features of Android Nougat (Android 7.1.1)

Android 7.1.1
The Android Nougat operating system juggernaut keeps rolling on, and it has now reached the version 7.1.1 station. The latest version of Android Nougat, which is now available for the Google Pixel and Nexus phones, has a number of improvements and additions that allow for a whole lot more to be done with smartphones. Here are some features that make Nougat better, in terms of user experience, and enhance productivity.

3D Touch type, but on Android

This was exclusive to Pixel phones thus far, but the Android 7.1.1 update now adds the app shortcuts for all phones—if you tap and hold an app’s icon, a sub-menu of certain app-specific quick options pop up on the screen. This makes some tasks quicker.

Split-screen apps

Want to run two applications side by side on the same screen? Well, you can do so now. All you need to do is press the recent apps/multitasking button and choose the two apps you want to see on the display— you can browse the Web while working on a document, scribble a note while chatting and much more. You can even drag and drop text and images from one app to the other. This was a feature that we had seen some phone manufacturers (Samsung’s Galaxy phones, for example) use on their Android devices, but with Nougat, it is accessible to anyone with the latest version of Android.

Double tap to switch apps

Working on an email but want to go to the website you were just browsing to pick up some information from it? Well, all you need to do is double tap the multitasking or recent apps button and the app you had previously used will open up. To return to your current app, simply double tap the button again.

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Reply from the notification bar

Often, we get a new message notification even as we are working on another task. Opening the message app to respond can be a little distracting. With Android Nougat, however, you can respond to messages from the notification itself, with no need to exit the current app.

Data saver

Smartphone apps tend to be sending and receiving data, even when in the background. If you don’t have a 3G or 4G data plan which packs in lots of bundled data, it can turn out to be an expensive proposition at times. In Android Nougat, you can simply go to the Data Savings mode and specify which app can access data in the background, and which cannot.

Better notification controls

Want to stop notifications from a particular app that is bugging you? With Android Nougat, you don’t need to sift through the individual app’s settings. Simply pull down the notification bar, choose the app whose notifications you want to deal with and you will get options to “show notifications silently”, “block all notifications” or “don’t silence or block”. Now, you are in charge of who disturbs you and when.

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Being expressive

Emojis—those tiny icons that pop up in messages—are now an integral part of most of our conversations. And with Nougat, Android is diversifying its emoji range to offer a wider selection depicting a range of professions for women and men, etc. Also, users can now send animated GIF images directly from the on-screen keyboard while using supported apps such as Google Allo, Google Messenger, and Hangouts.

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