What's new in Android Nougat (7.0) Developer Preview 5?

Google haven revealed the winning Android name, Nougat, at a playful ceremony at its campus in the Silicon Valley, Mountain View, California - have now gone ahead to release the final preview build, Developer Preview 5.

While no official date has been fixed for the final release of Android Nougat, it's expected that an over-the-air (OTA) updates for supported Nexus devices will probably be available later this summer.

If you're wondering what new features are coming to your smartphones when they get the Android Nougat update, then read on. So what's new in the latest preview build?

Below is  a quick rundown of what’s included in the final Developer Preview of Nougat:

  1. An emulator that you can use for doing the final testing of your apps to make sure they’re ready  
  2. System images for Nexus and other preview devices 
  3. Latest bug fixes and optimizations across the system and in pre-installed apps
  4. And the final N APIs (API level 24) and latest system behaviors and UI

This latest preview gives developers the near-final system updates for all of the supported preview devices.

And for smartphone users, here are some note-worthy enhancements that will be coming to your devices in the eventual launch of Google’s next OS update.

  • Multi-window support: this feature makes it possible to run two or more apps on screen at a go. It works by pressing and hold the app that you want to run side-by-side with another from the Recent apps screen. Once you get a prompt, drag that app to the top of the screen. 
  • Smarter Quick Settings: Android Nougat will bring a dynamic quick settings, much smarter than what's available on Marshmallow.
  • Direct Reply: It will allow direct response to messages from your notifications window, and other notifications enhancements, new emojis and more.

Well, if want to try it out on your Nexus phone or tablet? It’s still in beta, and you'll find some bugs, so we wouldn't recommend installing it on your main everyday phone or tablet.

For any Android Beta program member, your devices will get the Developer Preview 5 update right away, no action is needed on your part.
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