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Android N: 5 features we love in the new OS

Florence Ion | June 3, 2016
The next version of Android is still in preview, but based on what we've seen, we can't wait to start using it on our phones every day.

A short tap on any of the settings icons will reveal essential information inside the notifications shade, while a long tap will take you to the Settings panel for that particular feature. For instance, if you’re wondering what’s eating up your battery, you can long-tap on the battery icon for a quick readout on how many hours you’ve got left.

A more detailed Settings panel

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Finally, an informative Settings panel.

Android N’s Settings panel is still the same inviting list of options that appeared in previous versions, but now they include little snippets of information below each category. For instance, if you’re hitting your data cap, you can glance quickly at the Settings panel to see how many gigabytes you’ve actually used during your billing time.

A better Recent apps key

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Now you’ll be able to easily clear all of your recent apps with the Clear All button at the top in Android N.

The Recent apps screen has always been sort of barebones, but Google has supercharged it a bit in Android N. Indeed, now it’s more than just a pile of screenshots. 

Android N lets you double-tap the Recent apps button to jump to the last app you were using. That’s right: No longer will you have to sift through a stack of screenshots just to find that particular Chrome tab you were just in.

Android N will also limit how many Recent apps are stowed at a time. Anything that hasn’t been used in quite a while will be hidden, though it’s unclear what “a while” actually means. You’ll also be able to immediately clear all of your open apps with just the tap of the Clear All option. It’s more handy than individually dismissing every application. 


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