Google’s already updating apps to take advantage of Android N features

We’ve only had one short day to play around with the Android N developer preview, but it’s already clear to even our eyes that this next release of Android is going to be a big one, changing the way a lot of familiar parts of the platform work – for the better. While features like split-screen mode may be among the more eye-catching of the changes, we’re seeing evolving interfaces across the OS, like what’s happening on the notification shade. And while Android N is still in its infancy, Google’s already updating its app library to take advantage of N’s improvements, as we see with the arrival of Hangouts 8.0.

Hangouts 8.0, on its way out to devices now, taps in to Android N’s support for bundled notifications and direct replies.

While Hangouts already had quick replies from notifications, the new 8.0 release updates the app to use the new direct reply interface, simultaneously fixing an issue where users could only reply to their most recent message in the process.

We also see full bundled notification support, letting Hangouts intelligently group related messages together, delivering a richer experience than simply stacking all notifications on top of each other in one unintelligible mess.

Considering the speed at which Google’s moving here, we wouldn’t be surprised to see more Android-N-aware features begin hitting additional core Google apps over the next couple weeks.

Source: Android Police

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