Android N update: release date, news and features

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Android N Developer Preview 3 is now out, and the launch date could be as soon as this summer. Here’s everything we know about the forthcoming Android N update, including all the new information from Google IO 2016.

Android N is Google’s next phone and tablet operating system update that’s been so thoroughly refined, the company is officially more than halfway through the English alphabet.

You can now download Android N Developer Preview form and test its new features that didn’t make the cut in November’s Android 6.0 Marshmallow launch alongside the Nexus 6P and Nexus 5X.

The shocker is that the company didn’t wait to announcing Android N at Google IO 2016. The reason behind this is it gives developers more time to tinker with the update, according to Google.

That’s fantastic news for anyone who is brave enough to update their phone, tablet or streaming box with the unfinished build. We did just that to tell the rest of you what’s inside.

Cut to the chaseWhat is it? The next version of Google’s mobile OS, Android NWhen is it out?”Later this summer” – we reckon September/October*What will it cost? Free

*when – and if – you get it depends on what phone/tablet you own though

Check out our video walkthrough of the Android N Beta

Will it be Android 7?

There’s no guarantee this will be called Android 7 update – Google has sometimes opted to do smaller iterations for the updates. For example, Android 4 had 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, 4.1 Jelly Bean and 4.4 KitKat.

However, Samsung has mistakenly leaked out a hint it’ll be called Android 7. Within its source code for its MultiWindow SDK 1.3.1, it reads “This version has been released with Android N(7.0) compatibility.”

Sadly, Google didn’t announce the big number at IO, so for now we’re still in the dark.

Android N beta compatibility

Android N Beta is now available from android.com/beta for newer Nexus devices from the last year and a half, which first and foremost means Google’s star players, the Nexus 5X and Nexus 6P.

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The giant Nexus 6 also gets some beta action, but the weaker Nexus 5 has been left out. The Android N beta also works with Google Pixel C and its recently discontinued tablet brother Nexus 9 as well as the Nexus Player.

In a shocking twist, there’s one random outlier in the Android N compatibility matrix: Sony Xperia Z3. The beta isn’t currently available for it, but the Developer Preview 2 is – if you fancy it.

Non-Nexus phones aren’t typically able to be a part of the beta and have to wait weeks if not months for the update after the finished version makes its debut on new Nexus phones.

Android N VR

We’ve tested out a bunch of existing Android N features below, but there’s also exciting new tools coming to the update, specifically Android VR.

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A buried menu for VR helper services in Android N Developer Preview 2, and an equally buried release note for “Android VR” in Unreal Engine 4.12 beta hints at a big push for a Google Cardboard successor – and Google confirmed its VR intentions during IO.

The Play Store, StreetView, Photos, YouTube and Play Movies will all support VR, allowing you to jump into games, locations and videos – all via Google’s Daydream VR platform. Daydream is due to be released in the fall, so it’s unlikely to be included in the initial Android N launch.

5 things I already like about Android N Developer PreviewMulti-window support

True multitasking support is finally arriving as expected, and Split Screen is deservedly the highlight of Android N on phones and tablets. You’re going to be able to open up two apps at once on your Nexus phone or tablet.

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It’s a popular feature Samsung and LG phones have incorporated into their Android skins years ago, so it’s nice (and about time) Google is including the same functionality in its own software. It’s easy to launch too – just long press on the recent (multi-tasking) button in the nav bar.

Multi-window support could increase enterprise interest in Android tablets and the Pixel C. It’s a bet that Apple recently made when it launched a similar split-screen and picture-in-picture feature for iOS 9.

You may not have to wait until the Android N update to take advantage of pure Android multitasking. It’s rumored to be making an early debut in Android 6.1 in June.

Meanwhile Android TV gets picture-in-picture mode, allowing you to continue watching your show in a smaller screen while performing another task.

Direct Reply Notifications

You won’t have to navigate away from your current window (or, now, windows) just to answer an incoming message. You can just reply within the notification that appears at the top of the screen.

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It worked well enough for the iPhone and iPad when the same idea made its debut with iOS 8 under the name Quick Reply. But Apple’s approach to messages worked strictly with its iMessage app.

Google is opening up Direct Reply Notifications beyond Hangouts, and that could mean popular apps like WhatsApp could take advantage of this convenient inline messaging feature.

New quick settings menu

Google is adding a new quick settings menu to the notifications shade you pull down from the top. It’s a lot like the one Samsung, LG and every other Android manufacturer seems to use.

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Sure, Google stock Android software has had switches for Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, Airplane mode and so forth, but it required pulling the notifications bar down a second time to reveal the quick settings menu.

Now the quick settings toggles are here as soon as you gesture downward once to see notifications. The best news is that all of the buttons small and unobstructive. It leaves room for notifications to flourish.

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Longtime Nexus users will also be happy to hear that the quick settings switches can be sorted to your liking, much like they can on other Android phones. You won’t need the System UI Tuner to meddle.

For example, I often use MiFi more than Airplane Mode, so Mobile Hotspot icon get promoted to be one of the five icons along the top of the initial quick settings on my Nexus 6P.

That little airplane icon is still there for my takeoff and landings needs, but it got the bump to the second swipe menu. Sorting is finally up to you, which is really what Android is all about.

Bundled notifications

Google’s not done with the way Android N changes notifications. It also announced that notification cards will be grouped together if they’re from the same app.

All messages from a specific messaging app, for example, are bundled together in the notification shade. These grouped alerts can then be expanded into individual notifications using a two-finger gesture or tapping the all-new expansion button.

This is basically the opposite of what Apple did in the jump from iOS 8 to iOS 9, switching from grouping them by app to lining them up chronologically. We’ll see which method works best this autumn.

There’s more control over your notifications in Android N too, as now you can long press on a notification to either silence future notifications, or turn them off completely.

Android N multi-tasking

There are two handy new features in multi-tasking on Android N. First up is a Clear All button at the top of the multi-tasking menu – a feature Google says has been one of the most asked for. This allows you to close all applications running in the background with a single tap.

We’ve seen manufacturers add a clear all button in their Android interfaces, but the stock version has been crying out for the same function. Finally, we’re getting it.

Secondly, Google’s added Quick Switch to Android N. This lets you jump back to the previous application with a double tap of the recent (multi-tasking) button in the navigation bar.

Doze Mode 2.0

One of the (literal) sleeper hits of Android Marshmallow has been Doze Mode, Google’s crafty way of saving battery life whenever your device is stationary. It’s amounts to a deep standby mode.

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Android N is going to step up the company’s energy-saving software techniques by expanding Doze Mode so that it thoroughly limits background tasks whenever the screen is turned off.

That’s ideal for throwing a phone in your pocket or your tablet in a backpack, and then retrieving it the next day or next week without having to recharge it right away. Your “I can’t even” face when you pick up your dead Nexus phone the next morning will be a thing of the past.

Android N performance

Google says Android N will provide its biggest leap forward in graphics with the introduction of Vulkan, giving game developers controls of the GPU.

That in turn will result in even better graphics and smoother, faster performance.

There’s also been a number of Android runtime improvements, including optimizations to the JIT complier which has seen task speeds increase between 30%-600% compared to the previous version.

Updates are also more seamless, with security updates automatically downloaded and a simple fresh boot up of your device will see you run the latest offering. It’s also got rid of that annoying “Android is updating” pop up when you restart after an update.

Other features

Google has confirmed the new “Launcher Shortcuts” feature that debuted in the second beta for Android N is ready for pressure sensitive display technology.

It will make it easier for Android manufacturers to bring 3D Touch-like technology to Android handsets as it’s baked directly into the OS.

Android N will also bring support for Unicode 9, which among other things will see the introduction of 72 new emoji – such fun!

The Android N name

History has taught us that Android N is going to be named after a delicious treat, but Google hasn’t told us which one it is yet. In fact, even Google doesn’t know which dessert-based name to give its latest mobile platform.

It’s so unsure, it’s asking you – YES, YOU – to submit your ideas. Head over to android.com/n to submit your idea, and Google will then pick the best one. And band news, it’s already ruled out Namey McNameFace. Boo.

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For now, we’re testing out the Developer Preview on a first-letter basis. It’s very informal. We also don’t exactly know if it’ll be Android 7.0 or not either. It’s currently unclear. Let’s not forget Google’s dabble with the number four with Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, 4.1/2/3 Jelly Bean and 4.4 KitKat.

It has reverted back to type with 5.0 Lollipop and 6.0 Marshmallow, but Google always has the option to chuck in a curve ball once in awhile.

What will Google name Android N?

Android N release date

The official Android N launch date is still several months away, however Google announced at its IO event that it would launch “later this summer”. Now what exactly it means by that is up for debate, but hopefully it means we’ll see it around September.

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Nexus devices are always first in line to get new Android updates, so your brand new Samsung Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge will have to wait. Manufacturers and carriers have to rework their own version of the software and push it out to users – and that can take months.

What phones will get Android N?

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If you’ve got a recent flagship phone, you should be in luck. Most phone and tablet makers try and push the software to phones and tablets that are less than two years old, but it may be quite a wait.

Samsung, Sony, LG and HTC are usually quite fast at getting the update to your phone, as is Motorola. Some other manufacturers can take a little while to release it, though.

Each manufacturer can take time to tweak the updates. Take Android Marshmallow for example, some phones still don’t have the update, even though it’s been out for five month… five very long months, as February was 29 days long since it’s not a leap year.

If you want the latest software, it’s best to get a Nexus device, as the newest version of Android will always be pushed to that first. Newer Nexus owners are currently able to test out Developer Preview 1.

HTC has confirmed it will be bringing Android N to the HTC 10, One A9 and One M9 – although there’s no time scale yet.

Motorola has also confirmed the Moto G4 Plus will get Android 7 software in the future. The strange thing is, Motorola also confirmed the phone will be updated to Android O when it comes around as well. That’s software Google hasn’t even announced yet and there’s no guarantee Android 8 will be named after the letter O.

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How we think Google should name Android NAndroid N: what we want to see

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As we’re feeling generous, here at techradar we got together to think of what we’d like to see the new software do. Here’s everything we would like to see come to Google’s OS in Android N.

1. No more bloatware

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Google has recently announced a change within the Android rule book. It means phone makers don’t have to include all the G branded apps as standard. Google Play Games, Google Play Books, Google+ and Google Newsstand now don’t need to be included on every phone you use.

Android N would be the perfect time to drop a few of the other less useful apps that Google doesn’t need to force on its owners. Do we all need Google Play Music waiting for us?

2. Faster updates

This is a hard one for Google, but when you look at how Android 6.0 Marshmallow has struggled to get onto phones it would be a worthwhile step. Google needs to streamline the process of getting the latest software onto Android devices.

How it does that, we’re not all that clear – but there must be a way it can make the process slightly simpler for OEM’s to take the latest software and squeeze it onto devices.

3. Real multi-tasking

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This is one we’ve heard word of from Google already – but there’s no guarantee from the company that it’ll be launching on the next version of the software.

We’d like to see it come through as soon as possible though as putting this onto the Google Pixel C and upcoming tablets will make productivity tasks a lot easier.

4. Battery improvements

Android 6.0 Marshmallow had a big focus on improving the battery life of your phone with Doze, but the work isn’t done yet. We’d like to see that continue onto the next version of the software.

Google should be working on battery life until it gets to a standard where we can use our phones without having to worry about them dying after a day. Improvements to how the software runs should help the battery life and we’d love to see that come again in Android N.

5. Android Pay improvements

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Android Pay is here now, but it’s not the best it can be yet. It’s not all over the world and we’d like to see Android N push the software to new markets. If you could use your phone to pay anywhere around the world, that’d be great.

Plus throwing in all your loyalty cards in a similar way to Apple’s Wallet would be a great step so we can really leave everything else at home.

6. Battery percentage

Surprisingly, you still can’t show off your battery percentage in the notification bar when using stock Android. If you’re able to do so on your phone, it’s just because the manufacturer has seen fit to add it in.

Pretty much all of them have now as well, so we’d like to see Android actually take on the feature itself. And this would be simple for Google to do.

7. A solid name

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We want the sweet stuff – Android N needs a good name to make us excited every time it pops up in the over-the-air update box. Seeing something like Android Nutella pop up instead of the boring Android N title is always a good giggle.

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49 thoughts on “Android N update: release date, news and features

  1. Still waiting for Android 6.0 Marshmallow on my 2015 4K Sony Android TV !

  2. You can get a (admitedly crappy) battery percentage in marshmallow by accessing the system UI tuner

  3. If only they could try to settle properly the huge issue there is concerning fragmentation, which is gonna get uglier over the next few years (if not properly addressed by Google soon enough)…

  4. I,m all for naming it Nutella!Best spread on the planet,and a lot of ideas to go with name Spread the Android Love!,Spread the features,etc! I mean really this is perfect!……and sweet!

  5. I’m not sure why they removed the option but I never minded as simply pulling down the quick settings menu will reveal it and there are plenty of third party solutions available, specifically custom lauchers in which I think are a must. At least you can do things like this, iOS users are stuck with whatever blesses their users wirh. Though all of that said, Android 6 and 7 do have it built in, just enable the development options and you’ll find your option for enabling battery percentage.

  6. I guess if you live in your car ,somebody’s basement or a third world s* hole a smartphone /fruity phone is a big deal TBH they ain’t worth talking about much in my world as long as they do what I ask of them when I pull them outta pocket or pick them up and usually all that outside of a simple phone call is much better on my desktop PC ,my HP Elite book or smart TV away . I can even do voice search ,Bluetooth or plug in a mouse and keyboard to my 4K Sony Android smart TV along with web browsing and doing a zillion other Android things including controlling home security ,climate and Home automation with the Sony Android TV !

  7. For the record, if you haven’t used an alternative, what you have isn’t your

  8. You do realize that my absolute favorite browser isnt Chrome, and that me being a

  9. You’re a fool if you think any Blackberry phone is better than an iPhone, Blackberry is nowhere near the iPhone never mind the Priv, I wouldn’t touch anything Blackberry, in fact the olnly Android phone I’d ever consider is a nexus, the rest of Android is trash, but even that would play second fiddle to iPhone for me which is and always will be my favourite phone and the same with iOS remaining my favourite OS. Safari slow? You must be using an old iPhone 3G, safari is way more fluid than Chrome especially on this site where the comments section on here don’t always load on chrome and when they do they are extremely slow, while Safari loads the comments section EVERY TIME. Chrome is still pathetic even with Marshmallow. You’re clearly a delusional fanboy. Oh and with safari, I’ve only had to hit reload just twice since I’ve had my 5c, while with chrome I can’t count the number of times I’ve had to hit reload.

  10. Right. Do you know how many times on my iPad that I have to hit the

  11. You got lucky loading the comments section on Chrome, I’ll admit iOS has a lot more bugs than Android though, but Android apps are buggier and slower than iOS app, I’ve not had many issues regarding iOS 9 on my 5c, only that the 5c is a little slower due the the ageing hardware and processor.

  12. Just tried these comments on my Chrome.. Worked instantly. Android is probably less buggy than IOS though.

  13. Firefox,Chrome or just about anything on a PC beats a fruit phone ….my 4 Core Snapdragon CPU phat screen ZTE Anrdoid phone works fine with Chrome so do some Samsung’s I’ve used and FWIW Samsung was or still is a big friut phone component supplier and used to make all their CPU’s . OTOH I never seen anything Safari or iTunes that wasn’t totally s**tty !

  14. Safari is most definitely better than chrome especially on this site when on Chrome, I couldn’t even load up the comments on here all the time and when on the rare occasion that I did, it would be sloooooow, Safari loads the comments on here all the time on my 5c not once has it fail to load the comments. iPhone is simply better with Safari simply being a better browser than Chrome which is faster and pretty much superior to Chrome and I like Apple’s mail app too which id better than Google’s too.

  15. I too use my stock Samsung browser. It works pretty darned well and has a fairly clean interface.

  16. Safari better than Chrome? Now we know you’re lying.. safari like Internet Explorer is only used once for most people.. To download chrome or Firefox. I personally use the built in Samsung browser which I find works great. But I also like the ability to sync my bookmarks etc with chrome and Firefox. Does Apple still force you to default to its own apps for mail/internet etc?

  17. At least I can download a friggen file with Chrome and I’ve never experienced any of the lag your talking about. In fact, when I’m typing a comment using an iOS device, I have to write it an app like Word because if I receive a call while typing directly in Safari, the moment I return to finish, the site is has been refreshed loosing all of my work in the process and this is on an iPad Pro with 4GB of RAM? Breathe of fresh air, yea, from a ventilator as iOS is so hacked together with API’s in order to do even the most basic of functions, it feels like being on life support.

  18. Oh do shut up, for me iOS is a breath of fresh air to me, Android for me is like using those old Nokia Symbian phones (only stick Android is worth it, but iOS is still better), but Chrome is a terrible browser, especially for this site, when I can’t even load the comments section, and when it does, chrome is so sloooooow. Safari is much quicker and loads the comments section every time, that and everything Apple does makes the iPhone and iOS better than Android. Safari is quicker than chrome. Fact. If safari is slow to you then you must be using real old hardware, because you’re clearly talking BS.

  19. Exactly, that’s how I felt, iOS is simply missing waaaaayyyy to many features for my liking. I’m not even taking about customization, no, important fearures like file managememt are treated as second class citizens. However the response I always get from iOS users is that it’s the future, I aure hope not, I mean just moving files around in iOS is a complete nightmare, I had more copies of copies than on any system I’ve ever used. I couldn’t even download a large file in the background, the OS kept terminating the connections after 10 minutes. I seriously do not understand how people can use that OS, their new iPad Pro is the definition of Compromise. Tim Cook had the audacity to come out and say that notebooks with touchscreens are a stupid idea because the user has to constantly reach up and over the keyboard to use the touch display. Uhm, Mr. Cook, what do you think iPad Pro users are doing, an Apple insignia doesn’t automatically make it any better, at least with a notebook you can use the trackpad. iOS doesn’t even support a mouse, heck you can’t even use their new Pencil to navigate the system UI with, compromise should be changed to Applemise.

  20. I used IOS 9 the other day for the first time in months.. It was like going from Win 10 to Win 95.. Looked exactly the same as IOS 7.. couldn’t find many new features apart from an even more cluttered settings menu

  21. iPhone 5C better than the Nexus 6, really, wow. I have a Nexus 6 and now the new Nexus 6P. One of the best phones I have ever used. I owned one iPhone in my life , the 5s and that was enough to cure me form ever buying another one. iOS has just way to many compromises and missing to many features. My Nokia 9500 from 2004 still has capabilities that the iPhone 6s can’t do, like run every app I’m the background and a real file-system, in which iOS has the absolute worst file-management system I have ever used. Yeah, I really don’t understand why people like iOS so much. By the way, my Nexus 6 had zero lag but I was also running a custom version of Android that I compiled myself. I embedded Arch Linux running in a Chroot so I could use it as a desktop computer at work, worked absolutely perfectly.

  22. Yea a $600.00 – $800.00 fruity smartphone that can’t do much of anything a $150.00 -$200.00 ZTE or similar Chinese Android smart phone with a 4 core Snapdragon CPU, Android Gorilla Glass, phat QHD screen ,Dolby Sound can do is real f**ing smart isn’t it they are made about the same way and both are Chinese products and may share similar suppy chains ? 263b 263b

  23. Same here, with my Nokia N950, N9, 808 Pureview, I was buying train tickets, using it grocery stores, kiosks, vending machines, etc. I swear, people act as if Apple created mobile pay. In Switzerland, before NFC, you could buy things with your phone as far back as 2005 by simply scanning a barcode and it would charge your mobile number. I used to pay for gas this way.

  24. yea they got Samsung Pay & Android NFC pay now too ! ………….So who GAS about fruity pay ? NFC been around over 10 yrs and so have smart phones and PC’s and mp3 players before Apple ever made them what was the last thing Apple invented …oh s**t ….they haven’t invented anything have they ? i.e, Steve Jobs ……..Just as big of an idea thief as Thomas Edison 263b 263b NFC, 2002 Sony and Philips agreed to establish a technology specification and created a technical outline on March 25, 2002. 2003 NFC was approved as an ISO/IEC standard on December 8, and later as an ECMA standard. 2004 Nokia, Philips and Sony established the NFC handset Forum 2007 Innovision 2019s NFC tags used in the first consumer trial in the UK, in the Nokia 6131 -Wikipedia – WTF was Apple during all this ?

  25. I never had any problems on Android Smartphones like what U are saying or my Android Sony 4K HDR TV either but U keep wasting your money on friuty phones and see how well your retirement works out like that and then get back to us ! FWIW I’m retired and can afford any phone ,PC or TV I want and pay cash them & a new vehicle every 3-4 yrs but I never wasted my money on fruit phones …. I invested it instead and used company provided Blackberries and sometimes less expensive personal smartphones and spent my out of pocket $$ on some things more fun like travel ,phat rides ,my cribs or some fun bimbos on weekend get ways now and then . No way I’m going to waste 6 or 8 bills on a friut phone,and if I did I would get a Samsung ,Nokia or anything and not something from the GD fruit company anyway….. it’s just a GD smart phone and if it ain’t you need a life and maybe a phat 4K HDR TV anyway 263b

  26. Chinese are going to decimate the high dollar fruit phone market with just as capable and well designed phones for a fraction of the cost of a friut phone I already have a new one and it runs fine on Android and has a phat QHD screen ,Dolby sound and 4 core Snapdragon CPU ! Why U think AAPL is trying to get in the car business they know it ……and so does Wall st !

  27. You feel a lot safer because you can’t customize the home screen to be more comfortable? That’s sad.

  28. Right I have never had a single malware, hack, etc. on any of my phone’s. These comments are made by people who want to ellivate their choice of device as the right and only choice. iOS is a prison, at least that’s my opinion, it also doesn’t have a quarter of the features Android has. I mean it took Apple 8 years to even release a function in order for files to be shared other apps. I was doing this in 2001 with my Nokia Communicator. You still can’t run apps in the background, or at least none that actually matter and the file system is just a complete nightmare.

  29. Exactly it’s my choice, on Android a lot of apps try and tar over your phone, and with iOS locked down there is no danger of that happening and I feel a lot safer because of it, I don’t give a monkeys about customisation beyond changing my wallpaper and arranging my apps in to folders. It’s the same with most iPhone users too it’s called choice and opinion.

  30. You’re right. He must be new to this. I keep my BlackBerry Priv pretty empty, but the fact I CAN is what’s important, you know?

  31. @benjamin owuye jagun @onstrike112 Right I even side load stuff into my 2015 Sony 4K Android TV outside of the allowed Sony Android TV apps in the Google play store ! Bennie must be a tech newbie or maybe tech ignorant and just parrots what he reads . We already know he’s a fruit phone fanboy

  32. You feel safer without options? That’s sad. You can’t change the way the os behaves, and that’s really sad. No one says you have to, but at least I can put an icon where I want one, not where I’m told I have to.

  33. I’m fine with how iOS is as I’m not bothered about customisation and it good because on Android so apps completely change the UI and even your dialler and I don’t like that so I’m all for iOS being locked, I feel safer with and I know I’m getting fantastic value with iPhone, football manager runs really well on my 5c compared to my old nexus 6 which matches would take nearly 20 minutes to finish. Basically my 5c puts my old nexus 6 to shame. Thanks to Apple’s fantastic optimisation of iOS. NFC was useless until Apple Pay.

  34. Except you can’t use the stuff you pay for, such as NFC chips. You’re only allowed to use it for Apple Pay. I can use my BlackBerry Passport’s or Priv’s NFC chip, on both BB10 OS and Android. I think we know how you DON’T get what you pay for on iOS in terms of how locked the hardware is.

  35. Android is garbage compared to iOS because of its fluidity, simplicity, consistency and reliability. Android is simply a POS OS.

  36. So who do they have in mind when these features aren’t even close to what Android provides. Examples; instead of implementing a decent file-management system in which all files are stored in a central location, with decent file-managers to manage these files with. iOS leaves all of that pesky file-management to the apps, which results in not only an inconsistent experience but dealing with files I’m general is probably the worst I have ever seen in a modern OS, I mean something as simple as opening a file within another app, the user has to use a feature thay I’ve only ever used for posting content to Social Media as it’s only mechanism to open files within multiple apps, resulting of course in multiple files of the same file being created as the Share function just sends a copy, not the original, making it impossible to keep track of which file is the most recent. Simple functions such as searching for files, zipping multiple files from multiple apps, assigning a file extensiom to a default apps, ugh, just about everything file related in iOS just absolutely sucks. I mean I had to use Chrome to download a camp pamphlet for my son because Safari doesn’t support downloading, who designed this thing. Than to add insult to injury, you can’t even select your own default apps, it’s Apples mediocre apps or nothing as the defaults. Multitasking, first, this new dual app view everyone says is so great, only about 140 apps as of yet are actually supported, that’s less than 1% out of the million plus apps in their app Store. Than there is the ability to run apps in the background, sure you can do it but only a few GPS and music playback apps (last time I used an OS that couldn’t do this was ironically, also an Apple OS, MacOS 9.2 in which you were able to bring the entire system to a standstill simply by holding down the mouse button), however the rest of the apps you have installed, well, your SOL. I was dumbfounded after trying to run a simple terminal app in the background and iOS kept terminating the connection to the remote server in which I was connected to, my Nokia 9500 Communicator from 2004 was even able to run all of it’s apps in the background and with only 128MB of RAM. Now before you post a reply on the lines of well most people don’t need this, the goto answer for a lot of Apple enthusiasts when a certain feature isn’t available. I was using an iPad Pro, a supposed Pro device with 4GB of memory, which again, every OS I’ve used, even Windows NT 3.1 could do. I couldn’t even stream a video to my TV and still be able to use the tablet, every time I opened up an app like Chrome to see the list of actors from the film I was watching, the film just stopped playing. With my new Pixel C, the computer I replaced the iPad Pro with, I can download a file that takes longer than 10 minutes to download, which is the max time a browser can download something in the background before iOS, like the terminal app, terminates whatever you were doing, while encoding a video file to .MP4, which is 10x faster than the iPad Pro to do since the Pixel C is using Linux GPU drivers instead of the normal Android ones. Which means I can run my CLI (command line) CUDA applications, such as my custom encoder, that utilizes all 256 CUDA cores in the Nvidia X1, the iPad Pro uses it’s CPU to do it, no Open CL support or at least no direct access to it, while I stream a video to my TV directly( from OneDrive which is mounted as a local drive along with the rest of my cloud storage accounts. NAS, FTP and other computers on the network), to my 4K TV (4K is supported) via HDMI which is connected through a USB C Hub with; 2 USB 2, HDMI, Ethernet, SD Card Reader, same one available for the MacBook 12

  37. This is a preview for Android 7, if you have no interest in the platform than don’t post here, it’s simply trolling if you do. These types of comments have absolutely zero benefits to the conversation. There are plenty of iOS centric articles, there is no need to come here as well.

  38. Pleaseeeee! There are tons of articles asking for things from Apple, Microsoft, Google, Intel, Oracle, Ubuntu, etc.. etc.. And for all of us, they give us what they want.

  39. Us Apple fanboys are happy with what Apple gives us because the features they give with each iOS update is with us users in mind.

  40. These types of stories amuse me. You can ask for all you want, but, you will get what they give you, and that is about it. Sort of like what fanbois want in their next fruit phone, you will get what Apple gives you, and like it.

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