Android Nougat is already available as a developer preview since March 9. This developper preview allows us to see what we can expect from the next Android release. Android Nougat is expected to be launched in Q3 of this year? (Q3 is vague but however we can guess that it will be available later this year as rumors says) alongside the new Nexus devices.
If you're interested in trying this developper preview you can downlaod it here. But however note that it is only available for the Nexus 6P, Nexus 5X, Nexus 6 and Nexus 9.
A lot of new features can be expected from this developper preview but however not all of these features will be available. Here I have selected some new features which we can expect to see in Android Nougat.
APP SOURCE IN APP INFO
Now it will be possible to know wether an app has been downloaded from the Playstore or another source in the app info enabling developpers to diagnose potentially problematic app sources from outside Google.
The camera app has been completely redesigned. The HDR, flash and timer settings now show their options in a full-width view up the screen. The camera button is now a white circle place in-between the recent pictures icon and the camera mode icon. Also you can now customize the volume key actions and decide what it will perform while in camera app (zoom, shutter and volume). Also you can instantly zoom by double tapping the screen. Also shooting photos in HDR mode is much faster and the presence of slow motion mode.
Google has announced during the I/O 2013 "Daydream" it VR solution. The settings for VR will now be available in the phone's display settings which will have 2 options: One entitled "use low motion blur" and the other one name "do nothing". Also Google has announced the availability of a remote control and plans to uniformise VR gears.
Quick settings have also been redesigned. 5 of them are now constantly display on top of the notifications while the others are display in 2 pages. An "edit" button allows you to rearrange them at your wish. You can also delete or add some. Also the calculator comes in setting but not as a toggle. This maybe very handy for people who use the calculator very often. However this only serves as a shortcut to the full app.
This means that you will no longer be require to download and install updates, Android Nougat will do everything for you base on a partition system. Also you'll no longer see the "Android is upgrading" while your phone is rebooting. You can know more about how it works here
MULTI LINGUAL SUPPORT
Actually it's not possible to switch languages on you're phone on Android. With Android Nougat, you'll be able to set multiple languages on other of priority so that you can switch from one to the other when necessary. Apps that don't support the primary language will juste drop the next on the priority list.
This was a long awaited feature from Google. This mode can be activated by long pressing an app and dragging it up. Also, you can enable the swipe up gesture on the recent button to activate multitasking from the system UI tunner.
Also, a "Clear all" button appers at the top right of the card stack in the recent apps. You can also switch between your 2 most recent apps by double tapping the multitasking button.
LOCK CREEN QUICK REPLY
You can now reply to notifications directly from the lockscreen as well as from the notification shade.
Be vigilent as this brings security risks as anyone can reply to notifications without having to unlock the device.
ENHANCED DOZE MODE
Surely on of my favorite feature in Marshmallow. This feature get enhance with
new improvements Now Doze will be activated whenever your screen has been off for a while whether it is immobile or not. On the other hand, Doze works as before, only that when your phonely ly still, it will enter a deeper hibernation
Android N delivers a revamped setting menu. This include the addition of suggestions at the top and the removal of individual section dividers. It is also possible to display the main menu by swiping from the left of the screen. Finally, each category contain some useful informations about them such as the wifi name to which you're connected plus new categories have been added.
The notification shades have been completely redesigned. Now distinct cards have been removed and notifications are more flatter with a thin line separating each notifications. Also app icons have been minimize in the notifiaction shade
This is a new feature in Android that will help you save up more data than before. When enabled, it will prevent app from syncing in the background and foreground when mobile data is on. However you can still whitelist apps.
In case you find yourself in an accident, Android will now be able to provide emergency info like your name, blood type, allergies and other essential informations like who to contact in emergency situations directly on your lock screen.
WHAT ELSE YOU CAN ALSO EXPECT
-Recently used emojis which will appear in the suggested word field of the symbol tab in Google keyboard wil not be on by default and will have to be activated in Android Nougat.
-Ability to set different wallpaper on the lockscreen and the homescreen.
-The presence of night mode wich will reduce the blue light produce by the phone's screen
Android Nougat now supports Unicode 9.0 which allow it to have new emojis directly after their release plus Android's current emojis have been humanized.
-Faster app opimization.
-Black list numbers are now synchronize with the Google account.
-The support of Projetc Tango.
-New messaging app "Allo" and "Duo"
-Improvements have been done on the file explorer that came with Marshmallow.
-Ability to access the "Do not disturb mode" from the sound notification panel
I don't know for you but i'm very excited about this updaye !