The reason why we gravitate toward the latest smartphone or the newest clothes can be attributed to our insatiable appetite for novelty — in layman’s terms, we really like new stuff. That’s why many go bonkers over the latest operating system update, Android Nougat. Aside from its connotations to a confectionery treat, the latest Android update comes with many nifty functions both apparent and subtle. Here’s the lowdown on 9 lesser-known features.
With the new split-screen multitasking view, users are able to use two apps simultaneously. Hit the overview button and select the app you want to use to the top of the screen, then the second one beneath it. Windows are resizable as well.
Out with the old and in with the new (emojis)
The update comes with an additional 72 new emojis to the roster, with brand new characters such as the selfie, bacon, and even an avocado emoji as well. On top of skin tone variations, 14 new emojis are added to the “animals and nature” category and 12 to the “activities” category.
Customizable quick settings
Quick settings, aka the school of shortcuts, are now fully customizable. This means you can rearrange them or even add new ones as you see fit.
This new multitasking feature allows you to quickly shift between your two most recently used applications. Simply double tap the overview button to toggle between the two.
Split-screen gesture shortcut
Ideal for power users, the split-screen gesture shortcut generally requires a few steps for activation. There is a hidden setting that allows you to do the same with just one gesture. Start by enabling the “Systems UI Tuner” by tapping the settings icon from the notifications shade. Wait for a vibration and then let go to activate it.
From there, go to Settings > System UI Turner > Other > Enable split-screen swipe-up gesture and turn the setting on. From there, you can switch to split-screen from any app by simply swiping over the overview button.
The latest update allows you to reply to notifications without the hassle of switching apps — totally ideal for quick replies to emails and texts.
Advanced notification controls
Enable the setting for “Power notification controls” by going to System UI Turner > Other > Power Notification Controls. This allows you to prioritize settings by the application as well as designate the actions a notification can take.
The Data Saver mode reduces the amount of data your applications use in the background.
Numbers that you’ve blocked from texting and calling are now shared with other applications, ensuring that the same numbers will remain blocked across all applications.
Much like when you move residences, the intricacies of a newly updated operating system require patience and a willingness to learn new things. After a while, you get used to the system and the novelty wears off quicker than you can say ‘Nougat.’ If you have any questions concerning the aforementioned updates, do not hesitate to get in touch with us. We’ll get you the answers in no time.