Quick Settings gets a makeover [Diving into Android N]
Android N is available now for select Nexus devices (Nexus 6, Nexus 5X, Nexus 6P, Nexus Player and Pixel C) as an over-the-air download. Shortly after the announcement of Android N (7.0), the Developer Preview builds will go live.
That's pretty much all we know for now, except for some released screenshots, so Android developers should check out Google's sign-up page to see about getting this early developer preview, with more features expected to be announced at IO this May.
Android N is now only recommended for developers who want to build apps that work with the new code. On TVs, apps can use picture-in-picture mode to continue video playback while users are interacting with another app. This feature will allow users to reply to notifications directly from the notifications shade without opening the app itself.
Multi-window does work with all Android apps, as mentioned already, and will be a part of Android N. What will be interesting is if we see this multi-window appear on skinned devices like HTC, LG, Sony, Samsung and others when they update to Android N eventually. Android Wear served as the inspiration for migrating this fast and easy way to reply to messages over to the phone and tablet front.
While the Doze feature in Marshmallow lets your phone save battery when you're not using it, Android N will implement Doze whenever you turn your phone's or tablet's screen off.
Google's Hiroshi Lockheimer says that developers will be able to download a preview version of the software starting March 9. Moreover, Android N debuts Project Svelte. Users can also schedule a time for night mode to switch on. If you're running out of data on your monthly or pre-paid plan, switching on Data Saver blocks background usage and alerts each of your apps to fetch data less often. Google will be making continuous updates to system images of the preview during the testing phase in preparation of opening up the preview to consumers also.
Earlier, it was being speculated that the launch of Android N will signal the demise of Chrome OS.
In their developer blog, Google further iterates on what these developer quick tiles are meant to be used for: "Quick Settings tiles are reserved for controls or actions that are either urgently required or frequently used, and should not be used as shortcuts to launching an app". If you choose to do so, you will automatically get an OTA update to pre-release versions of the MRs as they become available.
Google typically hasn't released test versions of Android until its annual developers' conference, which begins May 18 this year.