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Google has always followed the same pattern for last couple of years with its Android naming process and this time is no different. They go sequentially down the alphabet and you guess the name. The users are asked to give suggestions and poll for their choices. Well, this time too, they were open to suggestions and received suggestions such as Nutella, Nankatai, etc. In a short video posted before the announcement via Twitter and Snapchat, the company suggested the operating system could be called ‘Nutmeg’, ‘Nectarine’, ‘Nachos’ or ‘Noodles’. But, in keeping with previous dessert-themed names such as Ice Cream Sandwich and KitKat, it has settled on “Nougat”.

Android Nougat

The Android with its most stable release, brings new features like an improved notification shade and split-screen multitasking to the mobile OS, while also improving on features like Doze that came with Marshmallow last year. The release also has Daydream, Google’s new VR platform, baked in, though it’ll only be supported by Daydream-ready handsets running the OS.

Split-screen multitasking

The highlight of Android Nougat is split-screen multitasking. The device screen will show two different apps simultaneously, and video apps will support picture-in-picture mode. The system fills the screen with two apps, showing them either side-by-side or one-above-the-other. The user can drag the dividing line separating the two in order to make one app larger and the other smaller. Manufacturers of larger devices will be able to choose to enable freeform mode, allowing users to freely resize each activity. If the manufacturer enables this feature, the device offers freeform mode in addition to split-screen mode.

Improved Notifications

Directly reply from notifications and one can see more app information are part of enhanced notification feature. The Direct Reply feature will let you quickly respond to text messages or update task lists within the notification interface. The inline reply action is an additional button attached to the notification. There is also something called ‘Bundled Notifications’ that groups notifications from the same app together. Grouped notifications can be expanded into notifications by tapping the new expansion button or a two-finger gesture.

Less RAM usage

Google is working on Project Svelte to minimize the RAM used by the system and apps across different Android devices. Thus Android N is focused on optimizing the running of apps in background.

Quick Settings

In Android N, Google has expanded the scope of Quick Settings and added more room for additional Quick Settings tiles that can accessed across a paginated display area by swiping left or right. Google also lets you choose which Quick Settings tiles appear and where they are displayed, allowing users to add or move tiles just by dragging and dropping them.

 

Now with all new features, we need to wait until Nougat is actually released which is expected to be this fall.

So what do you think of Nougat. Do let us know in the comments below.

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With over 350 million devices now running Windows 10, and 135 billion hours of use on Windows 10 since launch, customer satisfaction and customer involvement is higher than any previous versions. Windows 10 anniversary around the corner, Microsoft announced the next big thing- Windows 10 Upgrade to its users with exciting new features.

Windows 10 Anniversary update- all new features

The Anniversary Update will help people be more productive, stay safer online – and of course, have fun. Together, the Anniversary Update brings different innovations and improvements to consumers and enterprises.

Windows on your tip

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Windows Ink, available for the first time in the Anniversary Update, brings the writing you do every day into your digital world using the pen, your fingertip, or both at once. One can pair it with Office apps to effortlessly edit documents. With Windows Ink, one can access features like Sticky Notes with a simple click of the pen. With Windows Ink one can jot down notes even when you don’t have time to enter a password to unlock your device.

Cortana- your personal digital assistant

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Cortana is now available above your lock screen so you can do things like ask questions, play music from your PC or set a reminder without unlocking your device. Cortana can save and recall key information, add photos to make your reminders visual. Cortana can give you notifications across all the devices you have with Cortana – like sharing directions across devices or from text or messaging services on your phone.

Say Hello to your Windows

Windows Hello lets you say goodbye to cumbersome passwords. With Windows Hello, unlocking your PC and devices is as quick as looking or touching. Windows Hello will also let you unlock your PC simply by tapping your Windows Hello enabled phone. Windows Hello will also give you instant access to paired apps and protected websites on Microsoft Edge – all while maintaining enterprise-level security.

New and More secured features

Windows Defender Advanced Threat Protection (WDATP) detects, investigates, and responds to advanced malicious attacks on networks by providing a more comprehensive threat intelligence and attack detection. To help protect businesses from accidental data leaks – the biggest source of lost data – the Anniversary Update delivers Windows Information Protection, formerly referred to as enterprise data protection. Windows Information Protection enables businesses to separate personal and organizational data and helps protect corporate data where ever it goes. With this update, Microsoft also provides update to Windows defender, free anti-malware service, that includes the option to automatically schedule periodic quick scans of your PC, as well as provide new notifications and summaries when scans are complete and threats are found.

All new Gaming Experience

Windows 10 will deliver incredible DirectX 12 games and Xbox Live features that will transform what you expect from PC gaming. Now you can play and connect with gamers across Xbox One and Windows 10 devices. From the best casual games to the next generation of PC releases, there will be more ways to play new games optimized for Windows. And that’s not all: Microsoft Studios is bringing a full portfolio of new games to Windows 10, including the forthcoming Forza Motorsport 6: Apex, which will be free for Windows 10 users.

Are you Ready??

Windows 10 Anniversary Update is coming on August 2. So save the date & get ready for next gen experience.

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According to a report from Wired, Google Now will get a face lift next week on November 13. This update will apparently include the addition of a couple of new features as well. For one, Google Now is about to get a lot more responsive and chatty. That means that the service may talk back to you, asking for confirmation or additional information. For instance, if you asked it to text someone by first name, and multiple matches showed up in your contacts, it would press you to specify which.

We also hear about better integration with other apps on your phone, searching within them and launching them when needed, and a number of improvements to the types of search results you’ll see. That could mean more detailed location-aware cards, including timetables for local attractions.

What are the other features? We don’t know? But the important part is we don’t have to wait long.

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