Apple iPhone 7

Apple iPhone 7

Apple has set an event for the 7th of September, in the date of the event lies the clue of the launch of the Apple iPhone 7. Each year like clockwork Apple releases a revision to their flagship smartphone, and till last year their only smartphone line. The iPhone 7 is the next incremental upgrade which usually comes after Apple has already launched a “s” version of the iPhone, in this case the iPhone 6s was launched last year.


Just as mentioned above, one thing we know for sure is that Apple will launch the iPhone 7 on 7th September 2016. The iPhone 7 will then possibly go up for sale a week later. Pre orders should begin with a few hours from launch.


If rumours and leaks are to be believed. Apple will launch the iPhone 7 in a design which is quite similar to that of the iPhone 6 and 6s, however there are major differences in the way that the back looks and minor differences in some aesthetics. The overall shape will remain the same the antenna lines will be moved around, a design which supposedly will improve antenna performance. The antenna bands now also look slightly neater, tucking in to the top and bottom edges instead of lapping around the back of the phone. The camera bump will also be different, a larger lens for the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus and a dual camera setup for the iPhone 7 Pro.

Apple is also said to be removing the 3.5 mm headphone jack in an attempt to make the iPhone more water resistant or maybe even waterproof.

Headphone Jack

The removal of the headphone jack has been the highlight of every leak and rumour since the iPhone 7 leaks started. Will Apple really ditch the 3.5mm headphone jack in the iPhone 7? The industry is already ready for the big change and leaks have also redied the consumers enough. Although we wouldn’t be surprised if the leaks turn out to be untrue. For now no can can say with certainty, but the headphone jack may retire in 2016 thanks to the iPhone 7.


Apple is making significant changes to the cameras on the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus (and possibly the Pro ), If Apple does launch three variants, expect the iPhone 7 to do large megapixel stills with 4k video and possibly Slo-mo 1080p at 240fps. The iPhone 7 may even shoot 4k UHD video at 60fps. The iPhone 7 pro is said to have a dual camera setup, this may be the same phone as the iPhone 7 plus, or may be an independent handset altogether. The dual camera could be used for any existing technology like; post focus, dedicated monochrome imaging and colour imaging. 3D imaging, or simply higher dynamic range.


Motorola Moto E3 (3rd gen)

Motorola Moto E3 (3rd gen)

Lenovo is launching today the third generation Moto E, bringing a larger screen and other improved specs to the well-known budget series.
The most visible improvement over the Moto E (2015), which was released in February last year, is the display, which is now 5-inch (compared to 4.5-inch last year) and HD (compared to 540 x 960). Lenovo was keen to mention that the Moto E3 features a “built-in smudge-resistant screen protector,” though it’s not clear for now what that actually means.
The processor is an unspecified quad-core model and the battery has been bumped up to 2,800-mAh, from close to 2,400 on the E3’s predecessor. Lenovo also improved the camera on the Moto E3, which is now 8MP in resolution and features autofocus. You can expand the built-in storage space (also unspecified) with a microSD card.
The Moto E3 is treated with a nano-coating that repels water, which allows Lenovo to advertise it as “splashproof.” We wouldn’t recommend testing the effectiveness of this treatment however, as Lenovo advises against any form of submersion or exposure to pressurized water.
Moto E3 runs Android 6.0 Marshmallow, hopefully, in the same thoughtfully customized form we’ve come to expect from Moto devices.
In the UK, the Moto E3 will be available starting in September from Amazon, Tesco, Argos, O2, and other retailers, at a recommended price of £99 ($130). On a related note, Lenovo will also bring the Moto G4 Play to the UK. The device will cost £129 when it starts shipping in mid-August from Carphone, O2, Vodafone, Amazon, Argos, JLP, and others.

Android 7.0 Nougat

Android 7.0 Nougat

Made for you

With more ways to make Android your own, Android Nougat is our sweetest release yet. - Google
Android 7.0 "Nougat" is the 7th major version of the Android operating system. First released as a beta build on March 9, 2016, it was officially released on August 22, 2016, with Nexus devices being the first to receive the update.
Nougat introduces notable changes to the operating system and its development platform, including the ability to display multiple apps on-screen at once in a split-screen view, support for inline replies to notifications, as well as anOpenJDK-based Java environment and support for the Vulkan graphics rendering API, and "seamless" system updates on supported devices.


Moto G4 Plus leaks ahead of launch, here is the retail box, official specs and real images

Moto G4 Plus leaks ahead of launch, here is the retail box, official specs and real images

Coming to design, the Moto G4 Plus looks exactly like the white render we saw earlier. You have a squarish fingerprint sensor/home button in the front with a microphone next to it and it seems the frame is made of metal. The back is relatively clean with the classic Motorola dimple but the camera bump is quite noticeable especially with its metallic frame. But it seems that you have another sensor above the camera which can be a laser autofocus sensor to provide more accurate and quick focus.

Both the volume and power buttons can be seen on the right and the sides are rounded on the device for a better grip. The back material seems to be matte and should be removable, but we can't confirm that with these images.

The Moto G4 India launch starts in just a few hours from now and we'll have a better look at the device then. Stay tuned!

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Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas is an open world action-adventure video game developed by Rockstar North and published byRockstar Games. It was released on 26 October 2004 for the PlayStation 2 console, and on 7 June 2005 for Microsoft Windows andXbox. It is the seventh title in the Grand Theft Auto series, and the first main entry since 2002's Grand Theft Auto: Vice City. It was released on the same day as the handheld game Grand Theft Auto Advance.


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Apple iPhone 5 SE

Welcome to iPhone SE, the most powerful 4‑inch phone ever. To create it, we started with a beloved design, then reinvented it from the inside out. The A9 is the same advanced chip used in iPhone 6s. The 12‑megapixel camera captures incredible photos and 4K videos. And Live Photos bring your images to life. The result is an iPhone that looks small. But lives large.

4Retina display
12MPiSight camera

The only camera you’ll ever need.

With a 12‑megapixel iSight camera, you can be sure to capture sharp, detailed stills like the ones shot on iPhone 6s. That includes shooting — and even editing — brilliant 4K video, which is up to four times the resolution of 1080p HD video.

Touch ID

Advanced security. Right at your fingertip.

Touch ID makes unlocking your iPhone SE simple and secure. After all, your fingerprint is the perfect password — no two are alike, and you always have it with you.

Apple Pay

An easier, more secure way to pay.

Touch ID isn’t just for unlocking your phone. It also lets you use Apple Pay at over two million stores and within apps. In stores, just hold your iPhone near the reader with your finger on Touch ID and you’re done. Because your card details are never shared — or even stored on your device — Apple Pay is a safer, more private way to pay.


Faster LTE and Wi‑Fi.

Browse the web, download apps and games, and stream video over 802.11ac Wi-Fi and LTE — with speeds even faster than on iPhone 5s. And more LTE bands make iPhone SE better for worldwide roaming. iPhone SE also supports Voice over LTE and Wi-Fi calling for high-quality wideband calls.2And with Bluetooth technology, you can stay connected to your Apple Watch, external speakers, and other devices.
Up to19LTE bands
Up to150 Mbpsover LTE3
Up to433 Mbpsover Wi-Fi3

OS 9

Hardware and software made for each other.

With an easy-to-use interface, amazing features, and security at its core, iOS 9 is the most advanced mobile operating system and the foundation of iPhone SE. It’s designed to look beautiful and work beautifully on your iPhone, so even the simplest tasks are more fun.

Apps that help you do more every day.

Your iPhone comes with a collection of essential apps right out of the box. Messages lets you send texts with photos, videos, links, and more. Music makes it easy to access the entire Apple Music library along with your personal collection.4 With FaceTime you can make video calls from your iPhone to someone else’s iPhone, iPad, or Mac. And Maps keeps you headed in the right direction with spoken turn-by-turn navigation, real-time traffic updates, and a helpful Transit view.


Galaxy S7 edge | S7

The long-awaited Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge have finally arrived — and they’re everything we hoped they would be. Announced at MWC 2016 in Barcelona, Samsung has again released two variants of the S7 — both similar at the core, but with a few subtle differences. Last year’s Samsung offering was a big one with the Galaxy S6 and S6 edge, and this time around Samsung has made its 2016 phones even better than ever before.
Last year with the GS6, Samsung dropped both the S6 proper and S6 edge at the same time, while the S6 edge+ came along a bit later. The design of the S6 was totally different from that of the previous years S5. Gone was the cheaper-looking plastic, here now was a solid glass and metal design.
This time around, Samsung has announced two variants of the S7, in two different sizes, right from the start. Both carry on with the metal and glass design of the GS6, with a few major updates. The S7 proper rings in at 5.1-inches, and the slightly larger — but otherwise quite the same — S7 edge at 5.5-inches. Both S7 variants are packed with features that include a microSD card slot, bigger battery, refreshed camera and even waterproofing.
Here's everything you need to know:

Samsung Galaxy S7 Review

It's not all that often we can recommend a phone without any real hesitation. The Galaxy S7 is one of those. Samsung has improved on most of our complaints from the Galaxy S6 era. Battery life is improved. Not great, but adequate. The overall design is better and less slippery, and it takes a case well without becoming too large. The display size hits that 5.1-inch sweet spot. The fingerprint feature is excellent.
And while we're a little back-and-forth on the camera, that's because Samsung is among the manufacturers that we tend to hold to a higher standard in that regard. The Galaxy S7 camera should, in any event, serve you just fine.

Samsung Galaxy S7 Design

The 5.1-inch Galaxy S7 will be the mainstream phone for most users, while a good many will look to the slightly larger 5.5-inch Galaxy S7 edge. The designs don’t break too far at all from the S6 models, but this time around we get two size variations all at once, rather than months apart. Both S7 phones are nearly identical, but the S7 edge features those fancy curved edges which also bring along some fun new software features.
The S7 is a bit thicker than the S6, but that’s to make room for things like the bigger 3000mAh battery (3600mAh in the edge). The camera bump on the back is still present, but it’s been slimmed down a ton and isn’t nearly as noticeable as before.
The S7 is also water and dust resistant with an IP68 rating, and no port flaps to be found. The S5 shared the same waterproof status, but with the more-than-annoying plastic flap covering the charging port. Speaking of which — Samsung has stuck with the standard microUSB port on the S7, rather than opting for the newer USB-C port.
The S7 is available in simple black and gold models, while the S7 edge can be had in gold, black and silver. The S7 is still all metal and glass, but you’ll notice a few subtle design changed from the S6. The edges are a bit more rounded, and there’s a bit less glam around the home button and camera fixtures.

Samsung Galaxy S7 Specs

When it comes to specs the S7 does not disappoint. Right off the bat you’ll see a vibrant QHD Super AMOLED display (2560x1440) staring you in the face. Behind it, Samsung has upped the RAM to 4GB keep things running smoothly, and a top-notch Snapdragon processor in the U.S. models and its own Exynos elsewhere around the world.
Samsung has listened to the S6 battery complaints as well, this time offering a 3000mAh battery in the Galaxy S7, and an even bigger 3600mAh battery in the S7 edge. For now, the only storage option is 32GB, but the long-lost microSD slot allows you to add up to 200GB of expandable storage.
The fingerprint sensor we loved on the S6 comes back this year as well, making for a great addition to Android Marshmallow on the S7.
What’s new this year as well is the always-on display (AOD) of the S7 and S7 edge. When your screen is off, you can choose to show a clock face (there are a few from which to choose) as well as the calendar, and things like battery percentage and notifications.
CategoryGalaxy S7Galaxy S7 edge
Operating SystemAndroid 6.0 MarshmallowAndroid 6.0 Marshmallow
Display5.1-inch 2560x1440
5.5-inch 2560x1440
Dual edge screen
ProcessorOcta-core Snapdragon or Samsung ExynosOcta-core Snapdragon or Samsung Exynos
ExpandablemicroSD up to 200GBmicroSD up to 200GB
Rear Camera12MP f/1.7
1.4-micron pixels
12MP f/1.7
1.4-micron pixels
Front Camera5MP f/1.75MP f/1.7
ConnectivityWi-Fi 802.11 ac MIMO
Bluetooth v4.2 LE
ANT+, USB 2.0, NFC
Wi-Fi 802.11 ac MIMO
Bluetooth v4.2 LE
ANT+, USB 2.0, NFC
Fast charging
Qi wireless
Powermat wireless
Fast charging
Qi wireless
Powermat wireless
Battery3000 mAh3600 mAh
Water resistanceIP68 ratingIP68 rating
SecurityOne-touch fingerprint sensor
Samsung KNOX
One-touch fingerprint sensor
Samsung KNOX
Dimensions142.4 x 69.6 x 7.9 mm150.9 x 72.6 x 7.7 mm

Samsung Galaxy S7 Camera

There’s no denying that the S6 had an awesome camera, so as you’d expect, the S7 won’t be outdone. The rear camera has a resolution of 12MP (compared to the 16MP camera of the S6), but it’s also adds a wider f/1.7 lens and 1.4-micron pixels. OIS remains intact on the S7 as well.
The combo of new features makes for one great camera on the S7 and S7 edge. There larger f/1.7 aperture should make for some great low-light shots, and the larger pixel size will help in this effort as well. All-in-all the S7 camera still keeps Samsung on top.

Samsung Galaxy S7 Software

The Galaxy S7 and S7 edge are running Android Marshmallow 6.0, with a bit of TouchWiz on top (as is the Samsung way). TouchWiz was greatly slimmed down for the Galaxy S6, and you’ll notice more of the same here. It’s present almost everywhere, but it doesn’t get in the way nearly as much as it used to. If you’ve been using Samsung devices lately you’ll feel right at home, and if not, the learning curve won’t be all that big. The noticeable differences are the colors of the quick settings menu, as well as a different layout and icons than stock Marshmallow, with a few of Samsung’s own apps thrown into the mix.
There’s also a cool gaming launcher on the S7, which gives you the juice to run your favorite games in full screen, while toning down your notifications and other distractions.
The UX on the S7 edge gets a bit of a revamp as well, taking on a bit more than the previous years model. The software now gives you a list of customizable edges from which to choose, offering more interaction that before. You can pin tasks within apps to the edge screen, and the apps edge can now include up to 10 apps.

Samsung Galaxy S7 Waterproof

Samsung is being smart with the S7, bringing back many of the features that were sorely missed on the Galaxy S6. Now, the S7 and S7 edge gain an IP68 rating for water and dust resistance. What’s awesome is that there is no sacrifice in usage while achieving this either — that means no annoying flaps over the ports. While the Galaxy S5 was a waterproof phone, it has a super annoying cheap plastic flap covering the microUSB port (and a super annoying pop-up message along with it). The S7 has no flaps to worry about, while still shedding off water and dust.
This doesn’t mean that you’ll be able to go swimming with your S7 in-hand, but it does mean that it will stay safe from those accidental drops. Should it fall in some water (yes, even the toilet) or get wet running through the rain, it will keep on ticking.

Samsung Galaxy S7 Accessories

While there is definitely no shortage of Galaxy S7 cases and accessories to choose from, Samsung announced a few of their own to make for a bigger, better Galaxy S7 experience. Three of the early case favorites have more to offer than just protecting your phone however.
Galaxy S7 battery case
The S7 and S7 edge have great, big batteries — but that doesn’t mean there isn’t room for improvement. If you’re a super power user who needs some extra juice, Samsung offers an official battery case for both devices. The hard rubber case comes in silver or black, and has a set of LED lights to show the power as well as a microUSB port for charging. It actually connects to the phone wirelessly using Qi, rather than using the microUSB port. The case will give you a bump of 2700mAh on the Galaxy S7, or 3100mAh on the S7 edge.
Galaxy S7 Camera Case
If you’re a big camera user on your S7 or S7 edge, then this camera case from Samsung may be just what you need. The thin silicone case provides a bit of extra protection and grip, but it also allows to attach one of two different camera lenses on your S7 — give you a much wider range of camera ability. The telephoto lens will let you snag those great long-distance shots, while the wide-angle lens grabs awesome wide angles and closeups.
Galaxy S7 edge S-View Flip Cover
One of the Samsung standards is the S-View Flip Cover, and the S7 has its very own as well. The case is standard fair if you’ve ever used one before, folding over the phone and leaving the S-View window open some quick actions — even letting you use it through the case itself. You’ll get some decent protection with this one, but its more about the function than form.

Samsung Galaxy S7 Availability

The Galaxy S7 pre-orders went live from AT&T, T-Mobile, Verizon, Sprint, U.S. Cellular and other carriers at 8am ET on February 23, 2016.
March 11 is the official launch date and when those pre-orders will ship, or you can swing into a store and pick one up in person. In addition to carriers, the S7 and S7 edge will be available at Target, Best But, Staples, Walmart, Car Toys and Sam's Club.

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Some users first reported that their T-Mobile pre-orders were shipping early, as they received shipping confirmations well before the anticipated street date. Then AT&T and Sprint got in on the early shipping action as well.
On March 11, 2016, the S7 was officially available online and in stores for purchase.


Android N at its Best. features, everything confirmed, rumored and expected.

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The first Android N developer preview is now out and it gives us a sneak peek into what Android 7.0 will eventually look like when it arrives officially later this year. Of course, developer previews quite often contain features that won’t make it to the final release, but there’s still plenty to get excited about, so let’s dive right in. Here are all the confirmed, rumored and expected Android N features, with a particular focus on what currently exists in the first Android N preview update. Please note that some features have been officially confirmed by Google, while others, “confirmed” by the developer preview, could still disappear before Android 7.0.


Confirmed Android N features

Android N release date: now!

Rather than wait until Google I/O 2016 – Google’s annual developer conference, which begins on May 18 – Google decided to surprise us all by releasing the first Android N developer preview on March 9, two full months earlier than expected. The Android N preview went live for the Nexus 6P, Nexus 5X, Nexus 6, Nexus 9 (Wi-Fi and LTE), Nexus Player and Pixel C on theAndroid Developers site. A more polished version of the Android N developer preview will still be shown off during Sundar Pichai’s keynote lecture on day one of the conference but developers and enthusiasts will have a couple months’ head start on getting to know N.

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The final Android 7.0 release date has been confirmed for Q3, 2016, giving Google until September 30 to make good on its timeline. This means that the Nexus 6P (2016) and Nexus 5X (2016) – or whatever they will be called this year – will be coming a little earlier than expected too, as the new version of Android is always presented alongside new Nexus devices.
The Nexus 4 was announced on October 29, the Nexus 5 on October 31, the Nexus 6 on October 15, the Nexus 5X and 6P on September 29. So we might even see this year’s Nexuses earlier in September rather than the end of the month if the progressively earlier announcement dates are anything to go by.
The final Android 7 release will be limited to Nexus devices at first and make its way to other manufacturer devices and carrier networks over the following six months or so. You can download the Android N preview below and flash it on a compatible device right now but be sure to consult the list of known issues first.

Multi-window mode

The first official Android N feature to be confirmed was multi-window mode, with the confirmation coming, obscurely enough, via a Reddit AMA with the Pixel C team a few months back. During the discussion, Andrew Bowers confirmed that “split screen is in the works” and with the release of Android N developer preview 1, we can now see exactly how Android 7.0 split screen mode will look.
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Compatible apps (developers will need to add support for split screen mode individually) can be opened up side-by-side in Android N and resized. Developers will be able to set a minimum size for their app windows, but you’ll have a very similar multitasking experience to what you already find on many OEM devices. There’s also a new picture-in-picture mode that works just like minimized video in YouTube.

Better tablet support in Android N

During the same Reddit AMA, Pixel C team member Glen Murphy came right out and confessed: “we’re working hard on a range of enhancements for this form factor.” While he didn’t go any further and we haven’t seen anything particularly tablet-friendly other than split screen mode in the first dev preview so far, other Android N tablet features could include a real push for tablet-optimized apps (rather than just blown-up phone apps), customizable nav buttons, DPI switcher, stock floating mini-apps and tablet-specific System UI Tuner features.

New Android N settings menu

Android N delivers a revamped settings menu too. The changes include the addition of a Suggestions drop-down section at the top and removal of the individual section dividers. One of the best changes though is that you can now see basic details of each section in the main Settings menu. So, for example, rather than have to enter the Wi-Fi menu to see which network you’re connected to, Android N displays that information in the top-level settings menu. It’s an obvious time-saving idea and is kind of surprising it has taken this long to appear. Sound and Notifications have now been given their own dedicated sections too, rather than being grouped together like in Marshmallow.
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The hamburger menu returns and has now been explained, providing a swipe-out nav drawer that simply reproduces the top-level settings menu sections. While it’s debatable if it is any better than just tapping the back arrow when you’re one level into a menu, it will provide a quick escape route to the main settings when you’re several levels down in sub-menus. Of course, the presence of the hamburger menu in Android N also does away with the duplicated actions of the back arrow in the settings and the back arrow in the nav bar.

Enhanced Doze Mode

As predicted, everybody’s favorite Marshmallow feature, Doze Mode, has also been improved in Android N. Doze now features a two-tier system. The first operates whenever the screen has been off for a while, whether your phone is stationary or not. This means you can now enjoy the benefits of Doze Mode anytime your phone is not being used, even when it is in your pocket or backpack. The other layer of Doze Mode works as before, but with some more improvements. When your phone is lying still, it will enter a deeper hibernation mode, deferring network and other activity until widely spaced-out “maintenance” windows before slipping back to sleep.

Revamped notification shade/quick settings panel

Both the notification shade and quick settings panel have received some interface tweaks in the newest version of Android. You’ll now see a thin strip of toggles at the top of the notifications shade for frequently used things like Wi-Fi, Do Not Disturb, battery and the flashlight. Some of these can be toggled on and off directly, while others will take you to a sub-menu (long-pressing the flashlight will launch the camera). A small arrow at the right hand side will open up the full Quick Settings panel. Quick Settings is now paginated and you can edit which icons appear at the top of the notifications shade and Google has added new System UI Tuner options for Quick Settings like Night Mode and offered developers the ability to create their own custom Quick Settings icons.
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The notifications shade itself has also been revamped, with the main change being the removal of distinct cards. Android’s notifications area is now flatter than ever, with just a thin line separating individual notifications although when you swipe down the Quick Settings, the cards will stack as before. Profile pics from your contacts now appear on the right rather than the left and app icons have been minimized. You also get a lot more information in each card compared to Marshmallow and there’s a new grouped notifications API that allows apps to bundle notifications together. Best of all though is the ability to respond to notifications directly from within the notifications shade.

Change display size in Android N

Android N also allows you to change the display size on your device, also known as changing your display’s DPI setting. Simply go to Settings> Display > Display Size and slide the slider to change the size of on-screen content.

Faster app optimization in Android N

Following the switch to Android Runtime (ART) in Android Lollipop from the decrepit Dalvik runtime used in KitKat and before, some users have become tired of the amount of time it takes to optimize apps following an Android update. Upon first boot, the ART optimizes all apps using Ahead-of-Time compilation (whereby apps are compiled once – at boot – and then effectively launch faster from there on out). In Android N however, things have changed again. Now, rather than at first boot, apps are compiled Just-in-Time the first time you launch them and are then stored in memory for faster launches next next time. This means faster reboots every time.

Recent apps and multitasking in Android N

The recent apps menu in Android N has also been revised and improved, with larger cards in the recent apps stack and new functionality. As usual, tapping the square button will bring up a cascade of your most recently used apps. But if you double tap the square button instead you’ll quickly switch between your current app and the one you used last. While you’re in the recent apps list, tapping the recent apps button again will cycle you through your most recently used apps one by one (as opposed to swiping through the list) and if you let the small countdown slider beneath the app bar expire, the app will go full-screen. Long-pressing the recent apps button will launch multi-window mode, as you can see in the video below.

New Data Saver feature in Android N

Android N is also trying to help you take even more control than you already have over data usage by adding a new Data Saver feature. When the setting is enabled, it will stop background syncing from occurring except when connected to Wi-Fi. Not only will Data Saver block background activity from chewing up your data allowance, it also attempts to limit the amount of data apps use in the foreground as well. Fortunately, you can also whitelist specific apps you want syncing as per usual while still making general use of Data Saver mode.

Dark Mode returns in Android N!

All hail the return of Dark Mode! Or as it is called in Android N, Night Mode. Following its removal form the Android M preview builds last year, a lot of us have been waiting a long time to see the return of a dark mode in stock Android. The Android team has made it worth the wait though, by not just offering a dark system-wide theme, but also adding some cool new features too, like tint control to limit the amount of blue light in your display (great for allowing you to sleep after playing on your phone late at night). Night Mode can be enabled automatically at certain times of day and there’s an automatic brightness limiting option as well. This was definitely worth waiting for.
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Improved call screening and number blocking

Android N attempts to improve on the multiple different methods manufacturers have come up with over the years to block certain numbers or screen calls by baking a standard into the latest version of Android. Like fingerprint support and multi-window mode, this means that these rather essential processes should become more consistent across devices and manufacturers because they are a stock feature of Android rather than a later addition.

Put emergency info on your lock screen

This is one of those good ideas that probably won’t get appreciated as much as it should be. Android N now has a setting that allows you to provide a link to your emergency information on your lock screen, including your name, blood type, address, allergies and other essential information that may be required if you find yourself in an accident and unable to communicate. It isn’t in the best location yet (but this could easily change in future Android N previews)and it’s not necessarily the kind of information you’d want being available to anyone that might steal your phone. but it’s a step in the right direction at least.

Android Beta Program

One of the niftiest Android N features is the appearance of the Android Beta Program, which takes the flashing hassle out of getting early access to developer previews of Android. Simply sign up for the program and add the device or devices on which you’d like to receive beta versions of Android and you’ll get over-the-air updates rather than having to flash factory images.
The Android Beta Program takes the flashing hassle out of getting early access to developer previews of Android.
It’s kind of the lazy man’s developer preview installation method, but it also means more everyday folks can flash developer previews and help identify bugs prior to the final release. However, if you’re not already the type of person that is comfortable flashing factory images you might want to think twice about signing up, as preview builds are buggy, incomplete and occasionally unstable, so they’re not really fit for daily driver status. Also, if you flash the factory image, you won’t receive the monthly OTA preview updates.

Rumored Android N features

Android N name

The Android N name is the biggest game of the year, even more so than “who will make the 2016 Nexus?” You don’t need to have a sophisticated knowledge of the Android ecosystem or market to have a horse in this race, simply pick your favorite dessert that starts with an “n” and place your bets. The firm favorite currently is Android 7.0 Nutella, with Nougat coming a close second and a variety of indian desserts also being bandied about. Sundar Pichai even said he’dask his mother or let fans vote for the official Android N name.
Sundar Pichai said he'd ask his mother or let fans vote for the official Android N name.

No Android N app drawer

Prior to MWC 2016 we were told that Android N would ditch the app drawer, one of Android’s most iconic features. Then, during the show, the evidence started piling up, with the LG G5 and HTC One X9 arriving without an app drawer and the Galaxy S7 having an option to remove it. While the new Xperia X range does have an app drawer, Sony’s Marshmallow concept provides a “classic” and “modern” view – with and without the app drawer.
android no app drawer
We’re very happy to see the app drawer is present and accounted for in the Android N developer preview, and while we can’t guarantee it will stay there, at this stage it certainly looks like our worse fears have been laid to rest. Now, we simply have to figure out why so many Android OEMs seem to have it in for the feature in their current flagships?

ChromeOS integration

This one is a peculiar one. Last year The Wall Street Journal “confirmed” that Android and Chrome OS would be merged, only to have Google set the record straight soon after. While the initial report claimed that Chrome OS would be killed off, Google responded by saying it was fully committed to Chrome OS and the platform was “here to stay” but that it is looking at “ways to bring together the best of both operating systems.” It’s highly likely that we’ll see at least some implementation of Chrome OS and Android compatibility in Android N.

Stock stylus support

As we recently reported, Samsung may have hinted at stock stylus support in Android N by planning to retire several of the main S Pen features from its Look API. The Samsung developers page makes the notation that these features “will be deprecated in Android N” – a term used to describe a soon-to-be-obsolete feature. The natural assumption is that these stylus features will appear in stock Android 7.0. The same thing happened with battery saving in Lollipop and fingerprint support in Marshmallow.
nexus 6p vs samsung galaxy note 5 aa (24 of 26)
nexus 6p vs samsung galaxy note 5 aa (24 of 26)

New messaging app

There’s a rumor doing the rounds that Google will be introducing an all-new messaging app with Android N to replace the largely unpopular Hangouts SMS/MMs integration. The new app will be based on the Rich Communications Services (RCS) platform, which allows for much more than just talk and text to be shuttled around, including video chat, file sharing and instant messaging. Google has publicly admitted its commitment to the RSC standard, but there’s no telling yet if it’s anywhere near ready for inclusion in Android N.

Improved Smart Lock for Passwords

Android Marshmallow introduced Smart Lock for Passwords, a basic Google password manager that can store your app passwords so that any time you re-install an app you will be automatically logged in. Combined with Android’s revitalised app backup, the idea is that the whole process of setting up a new device is seamless. The only problem is that not that many apps support Smart Lock for passwords yet so its value is still largely underutilized. With any luck, Android N will see a lot more apps supporting the feature.
Google Smart Lock passwords aa
Google Smart Lock passwords aa

Did we miss anything? Let us know what Android N features you’re expecting or looking forward to in the comments.