Expected changes in android N and what users want

The much awaited speculation about Android N never seems to halt.  As the number of Android users is increasing day by day the craze about Android is increasing exponentially since its inception from Android 1.1(alpha)/Android 1.5(Cupcake) to the most recent one Android 6.0(Marshmallow). The Android saga began with the release of Android alpha in November 2007 although it came into the picture only in late 2008. As of December 2015 Android 4.4(Kitkat) is the most widely used android version operating on 36.6% of all Android devices accessing Google Play.

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The runners-up are Android 5.0(Lollipop) and Android 6.0(Marshmallow) with a combined 29.5% of all android devices. So each android version had its own perks. Especially after Kitkat there have been massive changes to Android structure and its features. So what could be the possible change in android N.

 Question now arises what do users want from the much-awaited Android N version? And when would it possibly released?

Clearly Android stands apart from the rest of the crowd with 1 billion+ users having the OS installed in their Smartphone’s defeating iOS by twice the number of users. So clearly Google have the game in their hands.

Android N is due to be previewed in less than six months that is to say we may see Android N rolling in on popular stock Android devices like the Nexus and Motorola series in the second quarter(Q3) of 2016 most probably in the month of May-June.  If not the final version will come around Nexus time-late September or early October surely with Android N availability for other manufacturers and devices in the six or so months to follow. Coming to the features the developers at Google are working on “native split-screen mode” for the Android N release. True that this feature is already present in the contemporary Android Marshmallow but it’s very primitive and work is in progress to enhance that feature in Android N.

The above feature will be a core part of Android N much like Battery Saver mode and DND mode in Lollipop and fingerprint support in Marshmallow.

These features will possible changes in android N:

  • Enhance and optimize the function for all screen sizes, definitions and densities
  • Make the feature universal so all applications, not just a few, work in split screen.

News coming through VentureBeat confirms that Google is making the move from its rewritten and implemented version of Oracle’s JAVA APIs to OpenJDK, the open source version of Oracle’s JAVA Development Kit (JDK). This is really a boon to all the Google App Developers out there. This happened to be the best changes in android N.

Here are some of the changes in Android N is expected.

What different could it be from Marshmallow?

Though Android Marshmallow has a lot of useful features like enhanced app permissions, app standby whitelist to minimize drainage of battery, battery optimization, app linking preferences and System UI Tuner.

According to reports System UI Tuner might make it to prime in Android N. Android N will add more user-facing controls to stock Android. It will have custom launcher features like the ones we get in One plus devices running OxygenOS on top of stock android. Talking about custom launcher features we might get accessibility to change the number of rows and columns of icons in the app drawer, vertical or horizontal app drawer layout (Horizontal on most of smartphones and vertical being the patent in HTC devices), user defined gesture controls and a customizable power off menu. This will lead to less or no dependence on any third-party custom launcher apps available in the play store the likes of Google Now launcher, Nova launcher, CMlauncher to name a few.

Not only do these custom launchers slow down the speed and efficiency of the RAM but also drains the battery faster , in other words the apps are not optimized for better memory management and battery drainage, so giving this feature in Android N will surely be a thumbs up.

Possible changes in permission manager?

There will be even better permission manager in Android N although this feature is already present in Android marshmallow. What we infer from this is that an individual can grant or deny permissions to particular app and change them at any time which was totally absent in Android lollipop and its earlier versions.

Added default applications.

The default applications will be present in the stock android devices like Hangouts being the default SMS app much similar to Android Kitkat stock devices but according to Mashable, Android N will introduce a default app picker for any number of the user’s system needs: email, camera, file manager, fitness, weather, contacts, and maps and so on.

Is dark mode possible?

According to technocrunch.com we can expect to see a “Dark Mode” in Android N though speculations are there that this feature might show up in the later updates of Android Marshmallow. Android has been borrowing features from alternate launchers like TouchWiz launcher of Samsung’s, VibeUI of Lenovo, Sense UI of HTC and custom ROMs for a while now.

Why non-Nexus devices take so long for Android updates?

One of the reasons why non-Nexus devices take so long for Android updates is because of the fact that independent system updates from Google are totally separate from any updates given out by the smartphone’s manufacturer or carrier. If Google can work this dilemma out by updating the core functionality of Android notwithstanding the fact of any interface and software issues being imposed by the manufacturer or carrier, we could be soon looking forward to Nexus-speed Android updates for everyone, just like with the iOS, and end of Android fragmentation. Can Google issue Android system updates outside carrier and manufacturer additions? The answer is still unclear but there has to be a dedicated team at Android to implement this subtle but imperative issue!

A billion $ question is what will android N be named?

Google’s current eccentric CEO, SundarPichai, in his recent visit to SRCC, New Delhi said, “For the next version of Android, the company could do an online poll and if all Indians vote, Android N or Android P could get and Indian name.” as stated by The Indian Express. There were references of Android N and Android P being named Nankhatai and Peda/Payassam respectively.

What would you like to see in Android N?

What do you think the Android N name will be? Let us know in the comments.

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