Google is expected to announce the next version of Android, called the Android N at the upcoming Google I/O. The Google I/O has been scheduled for 18th May though the registrations will not begin before 8th of March. Android N will perhaps also come with the next version of Android Wear and these would easily make the headlines at the major event in the next quarter.
And since we are not all that far from the launch day, there have been a fair few leaks going around of Android N and what we can expect. Android Police has come up with a bunch of renders based upon the leaked screenshots and we are tempted to believe that this would indeed be the real deal.
No App Drawer
There have been rumors going for a while now that Android N will finally ditch the app drawer and go the route of iOS where all the apps will basically live on your desktop. This is the approach that several Chinese brands like Lenovo, Gionee and Xiaomi have taken and looks like Google will too. if you want the app drawer, you will obviously always be able to install a third party launcher.
Hamburger Menu in Settings
So far, if you are in one module of Settings in your Android phone and want to go back to the other module, the only way to go about is to click the back button a number of times. This is a waste of energy. As a result, Google has implemented a Hamburger Menu in the Settings app, using which you will be able to directly jump the modules. For example, you could be inside the battery module checking the battery on your phone, but by tapping on the Hamburger Menu, you can directly go to the Wi-Fi settings, saving you a ton of clicks.
Based on the leaked screenshots, Google has decided to do away from the dividing lines in between the individual Settings. Now, a divider will only exist between a new Module, such as Wireless & Networks, Device, Personal etc, giving everything a more consolidated and filled look.
DND in Settings
If you are in Settings, and your phone is on DND, you wills ee the DND notification right on the top of Settings. You will be able to turn off DND right from here too, and not necessary that you have to use the Volume Rocker to be able to do instantly.
While these are likely to be a part of the update rollout, we are sure there will be more features to come that would be interesting, such as the rumored out of the box support for pressure sensitive displays. Either way, the only way to find out is to wait and see.
Images via: Android Police