Yesterday Google surprised friends and strangers with the launch (very early) from the preview of Android N. The new functionality that supports the new version of Android are very interesting for those who are passionate about the Green robot operating system, it is clear. But it is always the doubt is what the users were looking for.
The first problem that we face to the time of evaluating Android N It is that, unless you own a Nexus (and not all), it will be difficult to see Android in action in quite some time. Fact that the previous version of Android, Marshmallow, is still at least 2% of the terminals says a lot.
Google continues to have a problem with the fragmentation of versions, but it is not something new. The pace of updating of terminals ago surely see this new version Android M if you buy us a terminal next year, and probably not at all.
Multi-view, do necessary?
The first innovation that stands out from Android is multi-window support. Is it something that users demand? Perhaps in 5 inch display terminals, but in larger terminals and tablets can be very useful. Google takes a step necessary and interesting, something that takes time on some brands but that was not supported natively supporting.
This new feature will really be very interesting for the convertible tablets, the new battle after the failure of the NetPC and the quasi-failure of the tablets. Convertibles have a hybrid between tablet and notebook quick and light and is going to be the exponent of the productivity. With splitscreen still more.
Android notifications have always been its best feature. Long ago Google enriches them and with the step that has given, allowing Android N answer directly from them, we have a step beyond the great functionality provided.
Android is still the King of interactive notifications, making us very productive (I think the button from notification emails is what I have saved more time in my life) and with these new function we can go one step further. Google continues enriching notifications on track.
The biggest complaint of smartphone users is the battery time. Now Google extends the project even more Doze, saving battery when the display is off. It is very necessary and hopefully it works well.
In fact surely if we make a survey among smartphone users what most benefited, rather than new features, effects or even fluency would be that the battery will last more. It is a very common complaint and Google does well to work more in this way.
Is gold that glitters?
It seems that everything that brings Android N is positive. To my course seems it. The only thing that must be taken into account is that since the launch of Lollipop we have small incremental changes that often take a long time to reach the users. Is not wrong, Android is a mature system, but I think that it would be essential that Google work in another important change: updates between versions.
Updates between versions are still too complicated for most manufacturers, who can not spend resources on maintaining terminals per day with lower margins today. Therefore the old terminals become quickly obsolete.
The next version of Android (version or) should perhaps be designed to function as Windows at the time of the clone PC: anybody could install the latest version regardless of the hardware that has. Sure that is a big challenge but could bring a revolution to the Smartphone market.