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[Review] Android 7.0: Get Your Things Done In A Faster Way

2016-08-31 17:38:01
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Dear Mi fans,

MIUI is a great customized ROM based on Android. Today we're gonna talk about latest announced release: Android 7 Nougat.


No many major changes made, there are few, mixed with (apparentely) low features; that might not make for the most viscerally exciting update, but that doesn't make Android 7 any less valuable or useful.

Let's see some of the bigger reviewed characteristics of Nougat, even thanks to an Engadget review.

Pros
  • Improved notifications are great
  • Faster app installs and performance
  • Battery gets a boost thanks to Doze

Cons
  • Split-screening apps can be weird
  • Mysterious availability


Notifications
The first element is notification. When a you notification (an email, for example) arrives, you can expand that notification to see the full sender names and subject lines of a handful of my recent emails. Another tap lets see the first few sentences of the email and (more important) archive or reply without ever jumping into another app. Google's own apps all play nice with these expanded notifications, and other apps, mostly, do the same. Even better, you can manage notifications for individual apps just by long-pressing one of their notifications.

A new way of multitasking
Another feature, now more important then ever, with giant smartphone approaching (5,5" or more), is split screen multitasking. With a compatbile app, you can long-press the Recent or Overview key to squeeze it into the top half of your display. The bottom half is taken up by the usual view of recent apps, and tapping one finagles it into the remaining free space.

Some applications could "might not work" but seem to be fine, usually. In time, developers will (hopefully) smooth out the rough edges. The thing is, it can be tricky to work with both windows at the same time.


In few cases apps shouldn't work: games that take over the screen, fro example, and obscure Android's navigation keys certainly don't, and neither does image-heavy Instagram. When you try to force one of them into split-screen mode, they just sort of balk and refuse. Now, it's understandable why the examples above don't allow themselves to be contained in half a window: If they did, the experience would downright suck.


Few subtle features can help mobile multitasking work better. There is an option to change the display size, for one, which scales everything on-screen up or down. For the people with lousy eyesight, display size can be cranked up three levels. For the folks who want maximum screen real estate, though, there's a "small" setting below default size that neatly shrinks text, icons and more.

There's also an option to clear all running apps when you're sifting through the familiar stack of app cards (just like most other Android skins in recent years). Perhaps the single most useful Nougat addition falls under this category too -- you can double-tap the Recents key to jump straight back into the app you were using last.

Under the hood
Nougat still offers the option of customizing your quick settings options, for instance. They're arrayed in a 3x3 grid, with extra icons shunted onto another page. For even quicker access to your five most used settings, look to a new bar at the top of the notifications shade.

Talking of Settings: while the old settings layout was basically just a list of categories you could dive into, the new one peppers the list with really helpful bits of context such as remaining battery life, ringer volume and how many apps were blocked from sending notifications. Settings sections like Display and Battery offer most of the same options, but now you can bring up a navigation submenu that lets you jump between those sections. Handy, but easy to miss. The main settings menu also offers suggestions that aren't really all that helpful. It can tell you about setting up a fingerprint (on compatible devices) and change your wallpaper.


The revamped Settings page, is where you'll find more of Google's new handiwork. Consider Data Saver: The feature lets you define which apps can use your data plan without limits and which can't, which is all too handy if you haven't migrated onto one of those unlimited data plans carriers have started talking up lately. And if you're one of those fortunate polyglots, Nougat added support for 100 new languages. Maybe more important is how you can now also have multiple languages enabled at the same time, creating what Google calls a "multilocale" -- when Google searching, for instance, you'll get results back in whatever enabled language you typed your query in.

Moreover, there are 72 new emoji (they are part of the Unicode 9.0 standard). You can display emergency info like your name, blood type and allergies on your phone's lock screen, too, and Android Nougat also allows you to block calls and text messages from specific phone numbers.. Those numbers stay blocked across different apps.

Meanwhile, not everything Google planned for Nougat made the final cut. That Night mode that showed up in the first developer preview, for example, it's gone. Google apparently chalked up its excision to poorer-than-expected performance, though you can re-enable it pretty easily if the thought of Dark Android does it for you.

The most obvious of these low-level changes is Doze on the Go, which builds off a similarly named feature that debuted in Android 6.0 Marshmallow. Think of it as a light sleep — when the device is locked but in motion, a set of rules kicks in that limit what apps can do and restrict their network access. Then, when the device can tell it's staying put for a while, the original Doze rules from the Marshmallow update kick in, leading to still more restrictions meant to preserve battery life even further. The one-two punch of Doze and Doze on the Go might not blow your mind, but it should still move the needle.



Nougat also folds in support for Khronos' Vulkan API, which should make for some seriously good-looking mobile gaming.
Also apps installing and launching could be a little faster than usual, depending on what kind of hardware you're working with. That's thanks to the just-in-time compiler, which works with existing systems to determine when to compile an app's code.

Security
Encryption has been moved to the file level, which - among other things - means your secured device can boot up and compatible apps can do their thing before you even unlock your gear. It should also mean lower-end phones can be partially encrypted (and run a little better) since full-disk encryption can really screw with performance sometimes.

The value of other features won't be apparent for a while, either. Consider the case of seamless updates: Nougat can support two system partitions, one for handling your day-to-day work and another that can install big software updates that quietly download in the background. Once those updates are installed, you'll be told that Android will update itself next time it restarts, at which point the device starts using that updated partition (complete with all your stuff).

At the moment only Nexus phones can benefit of this update.

The other Manufacturers will follow.. {:7_240:}


What do you think of Android N? What do you like and what not of the latest Google update?

Source, Click Here for the new Nexus Launcher

2016-08-31 17:38:01
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Split screen multitasking is a must in big devices {:7_240:}
2016-09-01 00:11:57

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Mr Loh | from mobile

#2

But...  Some Mi phones are still based on android 4
2016-09-01 00:17:59

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$@! |

#3

Nice share
2016-09-01 00:20:27
Thanks
2016-09-01 00:30:50
thanks
2016-09-01 00:36:24

Super moderator

Crossfiree | from app

#6

nice one...
2016-09-01 00:43:38
dual partitions is what i have seen in firewalls, to maintain 2 different versions of firmware and different set of configurations...
nice to see similar thing on a phone, but on phone we cant have 2 different versions of firmware on 2 partitions...(officially)
2016-09-01 00:46:44
Split screen multitasking must be added to MIUI.
MIUI Developers, please implement that.
please please please ....
2016-09-01 01:32:53
Thanks for sharing!
2016-09-01 01:35:44
Great thread.Thanks for sharing.
2016-09-01 01:41:40
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