After launching the new pixel smart phone,Google has announced the next developer preview for Android Nougat.
The latest version of the platform will be referred to as Android Nougat 7.1. While the pixel phone comes with Android 7.1 pre-loaded,it will be available only to selected Nexus devices.
While Android 7.1 is an incremental update it has number of new features that will surely make you look forward to this. Google claims that new version of Android Nougat comes with an improved support of Daydream VR as well as background software update.
Android Nougat App Shortcuts: A Software Implementation of 3D Touch
The most interesting piece of the news regarding this new update in App shortcuts. It is essentially the Google’s adaptation of the 3D touch feature founds on the iPhone. it is merely based on the software wherein long pressing the supported app brings up pop up showing the number of shortcuts thereby making your task easier and faster. if you long pressed the messenger app then it will open the shortcuts with three recent conversation and an option to start a new conversation. Initially the feature may be limited to Google’s own app and will be in the future more apps developers will create apps to support this feature.
Android Nougat : After Pixel Launcher, Circular App Icons now debut in stock Android
Google’s love for circle seems to continue. After introducing the circular apps icons in their Pixel Launcher , Google also follow the same design to the android. The Android Nougat 7.1 will support circular icons . It will have default current icon pack and also you can switch the circular icon.
Android Nougat : Google Keyboard will support GIF
Google has also included a new feature to support Image Keyboard in their next developer preview. It basically allows you to share GIF,Stickers,Memes etc. directly using the keyboard. The inclusion of GIF support and customizable colors will help the Google keyboard to compete with third-party competitors like Swype,Chrooma and GIF keyboard.
Android Nougat : Enhanced Live Wallpaper metadata
Moving on from the Pixel launcher, Google has included a feature that will let you give metadata about live wallpapers to any picker displaying the wallpaper as a preview. This includes metadata like labels, description, author as a well as new context URL. It’ll be interesting to see how developers will make use of it on their apps.
Android Nougat : Improved Storage Manager
Google’s latest Android Nougat build comes with a feature that will let an app take the user directly to setting screen to clear unused files or free space on a device. That said, it’s still not clear how this new feature intends to work. Be sure to check back as we plan to update once we have more details.