Android smartphone and tablet users can begin upgrading to Google’s latest Android 7.0 Nougat software this week, unleashing many new features to make multitasking, global roaming and conserving your battery life much easier.
Top of the list: native Android OS support for running two apps simultaneously on the one screen.
While some Samsung and LG phones already have a similar function, this update extends multitasking to all Android devices. For instance, you can email a client while you cross-check a document in Google Drive, or flick through emails while watching a movie.
Switching between apps also becomes easier by double tapping on the ‘recent apps’ button, and if you’re bilingual, you can switch keyboard languages by a single click on the globe icon:
The ‘quick settings’ menu can now also be customised with your most-used settings, so for business travellers, move the on/off switches for WiFi, mobile data, Bluetooth, airplane mode and ‘do not disturb’ front and centre, plus the flashlight which can come in handy.
Then there’s ‘Data Saver’, which you can also add to that menu – switch it on and your apps won’t have access to mobile data when running in the background.
A great setting to activate when you’re roaming, it means that the app you’re using can still access the mobile data network (such as Uber when ordering a car), but that other apps like email and social media won’t tear through your data when left unattended.
Also take a look at ‘Doze on the Go’ – an improvement on the original ‘Doze’ feature which automatically puts your phone into low power mode to save battery, but with Doze on the Go, your phone will know to do that when it’s moving about in your pocket or purse, too.
Rounding out the new features, the ability to quickly reply to messages and alerts from whatever screen you’re on without opening an app itself, 72 new emojis and future support for Virtual Reality mode on Daydream-ready phones.
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