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Android 7.0 for Developers: New Features, Performance Upgrades & Other Stuff You Won’t Care About

BY NERMIN HAJDARBEGOVIC - TECHNICAL EDITOR @ TOPTAL

Google formally announced Android 7.0 Nougat a few weeks ago, but as usual, you’ll have to wait. Most users won’t get their over-the-air (OTA) updates until early next year. Many others will receive them a week from never, as some device vendors simply don’t bother.

This may sound like a snarky pet peeve of mine, but Android fragmentation is no joke; it’s been a serious headache for users and developers for years. Android 7.0 won’t solve that issue, which is a shame because it enables a number of new features and performance improvements that users would surely enjoy.

Developers shouldn’t get their hopes up, however; there aren’t any game-changers here. Let’s look at the key tweaks under Android’s hood and the new opportunities they present, from most to least impactful.


  1. New JIT compiler, complementing ART’s existing AOT compiler
  2. Multi-window support
  3. Support for Vulkan API
  4. Direct boot
  5. Direct reply and bundled notifications
  6. Daydream virtual reality (VR) mode
  7. UI, accessibility tweaks, and background optimization

This is obviously not a comprehensive list of all new features; I settled on the top seven. You can get an in-depth overview of Android 7.0 if you head over to Google’s developer paradise. I will spare you the unnecessary fluff and provide you with useful info in a condensed, easy-to-digest form.

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