Here Are The Tastiest Sweet Features Of Android 7.0 Nougat

Forget the Rock, can you smell what Google is cooking? It's Android 7.0, otherwise deliciously known as Nougat, the next major version of its open-source mobile operating system. Nougat is set to arrive with LG's forthcoming V20 phone, and as with past releases, it will trickle out to more devices, both old and new as carriers get around to rolling out updates. Are you excited? If you're an Android user, you should be.

Android 7.0 Nougat will usher in a bunch of new features and upgrades compared to Marshmallow and every other previous iteration. Yes, there will be the usual round of speed enhancements and bug fixes, but this isn't an incremental release, it's a brand new build with some nifty conveniences that weren't part of the stock Android experience before.

Android Nougat

So, what can you expect? Here are some of the features we're most looking forward to.

Redesigned Notifications

We're busy creatures. That's why we like notifications—they give us pertinent information at a glance, and then we can choose to delve deeper or move on with our lives. In Android 7.0, the Notification area crams more information while wasting screen real estate, and gets rid of those Google Now-type cards. It's an overall cleaner design that makes reading alerts quicker and easier.

When a notification pops up, you can press and hold to toggle the settings. Maybe you're tired of receiving alerts from a particular app. If so, just press and hold the notification and choose to silence future alerts from that that app. Groovy.

Better Battery Life

There are several premium smartphones that don't give you the ability to easily remove or swap out the battery, such as Apple's iPhone devices and Samsung's newest Galaxy handsets. At the same time, apps like Pokemon Go prove that today's phones just aren't up to the task of offering all-day battery life in some situations, particularly gaming (even casual gaming).

Android 7.0 won't solve the problem entirely, but it will offer longer battery life for your device, or at least it's supposed to. It will accomplish this through optimizations, but also by way of an extension of Google's Doze feature introduced in Marshmallow. Doze puts your phone to sleep when it's laying dormant on your nightstand or desk, and in Nougat, it will also work when it's jostling around inside your pants pocket or handbag.

Emoji Overload

Maybe you don't use emojis in your daily conversation. That's okay, because your teenage son or daughter probably does, so you might as well embrace the movement. For those who care about emojis, Nougat adds support for 72 new ones, bringing the total number to over 1,500. It won't change the world (not for the better, anyway), but it will help you get your message across in a way that millennials will understand.

System UI Tuner

There's been a lot of buzz about the hidden System UI Tuner in Marshmallow. It has lots of little tweaks that power users and tinkers appreciate, and it showed up in some of the developer previews for Nougat. It's not enabled in the final version by default, but you can turn it own by going in Settings and then tapping and holding the gear icon in Quick Settings until it starts spinning and your device vibrates. Once it does, you'll see the option at the bottom of the Settings menu.

Once enabled, you'll have access to hidden features Nougat, such as toggles for which icons you can see in the status bar.

Quick Reply

Remember that part about being busy creatures? That's why we're also looking forward to Nougat's Quick Reply feature.

Using Quick Reply, you don't need to open an app to fire off a response to an email or text message. Instead, you can reply through Android's new notification panel. You don't even need to leave the app you're already using.

When you have an incoming mail or message, just tap the Reply button. This expands the notification with a text box so that you can hammer out a response and get back to whatever it was you were doing.

Split Screen Apps FTW

At long last, Nougat will introduce native support for split-screen mode so you can be productive like a boss! We know, we know—Samsung Galaxy owners have been using something similar for a long time now. That's great, but now it's coming to all Android users, or at least those lucky enough to experience Android 7.0.

Just as it sounds, split-screen mode lets you have two apps open at once, each taking up half of the display. Maybe you're penning an email about an article you read on a website. Rather than bounce back and forth between the two, you can have them both open. Neat, right? We think so!