5 third-party features we want Google to put in Android 7.0 Nougat

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Google’s next major Android version won't be out for a few months yet, but now the Nougat name is official, and we already know the direction it is heading in. What else should Google include? Here are five features that other manufacturers already have, which we’d like to see included in Android 7.0 Nougat.

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1. Dark Mode

Dark Mode threatened to appear in Android Marshmallow. It existed as part of the developer previews for Android M, but it didn’t make it to the final build. The OnePlus 2 developers took advantage of this and put it into their device all the same.

It's a superficial feature, really. All it does is change the standard colors used on the device, but it adds another customization option to Android, which is why we love it, after all. If Google could include an automatic toggle for Dark Mode so that it comes on at a certain time of the day, even better. 

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We like the color palette used in the OnePlus 2's Dark Theme. / © ANDROIDPIT

2. Custom LED notifications

Another feature seen in the OnePlus 2 is the ability customize LED notification colors. Currently, this is limited to four aspects: global notifications, when the battery is full, when it's charging and when it's low.  

It would be great if customizable LED notifications were included in Android Nougat, and extended to more features and settings. Maybe Android Nougat could even let us choose personalized LED notifications for weather updates and emails? 

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When Google opens up the notification customization options for everything, it will be a happy day. / © ANDROIDPIT

3. Force Touch

The Huawei Mate S Luxury version will make use of Force Touch, but it isn’t natively supported by Android just yet. Force Touch is going to open up a whole new world of interactivity for Android, making it possible for phone displays to interpret more than just swipes and presses.

It will take some time for Force Touch to become widely adopted by developers – and probably even longer before it offers must-have functionality – but the only way this will happen is if Google makes an API available with Android Nougat. 

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Sooner or later Google is going to have to start supporting for Force Touch. / © ANDROIDPIT

4. Record screen

Record Screen is mainly useful for tutorials and showing other peoples how to use certain features on their phones. You can record yourself and what’s happening on-screen at the same time, providing narration for your actions if you wish.

It's available on Sony devices and there are third-party screen record options available in the Play Store that let you do the same thing, but this cool and underused feature should be available on Android by default.

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Sony includes the record screen feature on its devices, why doesn't Google? / © ANDROIDPIT

5. Download booster

Samsung’s download booster combines LTE and Wi-Fi data to download big files faster. There’s no reason Google shouldn’t include this feature in its new software too, particularly as its progress with Project Fi means that your data usage is managed in a much smarter way.  

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If you have enough data available on your plan, you should use download booster. / © ANDROIDPIT

What features would you like to see coming to Android Nougat from other manufacturers? Let us know in the comments.

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  • Nipun Goyal Jul 6, 2016 Link to comment

    Ultra power saving mode
    Ambient display
    A powerfull theme engine like Cyanogen
    A antivirus app in core of android officially supported by Google and give protection from viruses like hummingbad.
    This will be really helpfull. 😊

  • Parvind Chahal Jul 5, 2016 Link to comment

    1. inbuilt touch id lock....why we should use third party apps if we have in built touch id....
    2. why there is not full pemission like apple...we should be given permissions for data too n we should have mobile data permissions like apple

  • Reyn Jul 4, 2016 Link to comment

    I think so.

  • Vinicius. G. Romero Jul 3, 2016 Link to comment

    I want some security settings that makes permission access with password in certain apps YOU choose to lock. Especially the gallery and google photos.

  • Alex Simpson Jul 3, 2016 Link to comment

    force touch is completely useless

    • Rideau Jul 3, 2016 Link to comment

      It depends on how it is integrated to the OS. If there are API for developers and a lot of new features like Apple did for 3D Touch, it can be a very interesting feature.

  • Manaaz Riyas Jul 3, 2016 Link to comment

    Improve ambient display. It's still not polished enough like moto display.

  • storm Dec 17, 2015 Link to comment

    I'm still waiting for full permissions in stock android. Even Marshmallow's permission tool is rather incomplete.

  • joost Dec 17, 2015 Link to comment

    Some of those are only for the really dedicated users: no download booster for me, no screen recording for me.

  • Paolo Dec 17, 2015 Link to comment

    I cringed at the cover photo - Nutella on Moto G. *shudders.*

    I just want better Multi Window, even better than what Samsung has and what can be enabled at the Developer Options on Marshmallow.

  • Moritz R Dec 17, 2015 Link to comment

    Got three of five features already. The others are useless.

  • Lucas Montanari Dec 17, 2015 Link to comment

    - Change screen density (DPI
    - Quick reply on notifications

  • Berend Werkman Dec 17, 2015 Link to comment

    A theme chooser like cyanogen mod
    And the knock to wake up and sleep like on the lg g3

  • Francesco V. Dec 16, 2015 Link to comment

    I really would love to have a knock knock feature, LG-like, to switch on the device (also present on Sony smartphones). Also the switching off is quite easier this way: with Nova Launcher, for instance, you can install a switch-off app and associate it with double tap, but this would be great to have out of the box.

    Especially with the current tendency to have larger devices, such a feature will come in hand... Once you use it, it's difficult to go back to the button pressing old interaction.

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    Deactivated Account Dec 16, 2015 Link to comment

    theme engine.. something like Sony's personalisation can't be that hard to include.

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