The MWC 2017, held at Barcelona was one great event which unveiled a lot of new phones and news which had tech geeks and gadget fans turning their heads continuously. One of the key highlights of the MWC was Nokia’s announcement of launching three Android smartphones in the market after struggling for long with Windows. The news came as a sweet surprise for all Nokia fans. HMD global announced three Android smartphones which will be launched in 2017 – The Nokia 3, Nokia 5 and Nokia 6.
All three phones will be launched this year itself and will run on Android 7.0 Nougat factory installed. Being the latest OS, Android 7.0 Nougat has some features that are native to the system by Google. Let us take a look at the latest features that the Nokia phones, reportedly running stock Android 7.0 are expected to incorporate:
- Google Assistant: Initially limited to Pixel phones, and slowly being integrated into other phones, Google Assistant is the successor of the ‘Google Now’ and is apparently Google’s answer to Apple’s Siri and Microsoft’s Cortana. The rollout began in the beginning of March and we’re expecting all three Nokia phones to come out with Google Assistant factory installed.
- Instant Apps: This feature will require just one application required to be installed on your device allowing you access nearly every application in the world without actually having to download and install them first. E.g you want to use twitter but don’t have the app on your phone, you can simply use the instant apps to get your work done for the time being without having to download the entire application.
- Emergency Information: Apparently a very very important native feature to be incorporated into the OS, the lock screen of your device will show emergency contact info and will save the time to unlock the phone during emergencies for strangers. It will also probably help to save your privacy from them if you’re not comfortable sharing your phone’s contents with strangers.
- Messaging Apps Allo & Duo: While Allo is a text messenger from google on the lines of whatsapp, Duo is a video messenger. Both apps allow you to connect with people seamlessly anytime 24×7.
- VR Integration: Although VR is available in Android currently, it still needs setup and application downloading. Android 7.0 is expected to integrate all of the supports in the OS itself for an easier VR experience to users. Just like other native features, we’re expecting the VR integration feature to be inbuilt in the Nokia phones as well.
- TV Recording: Android 6.0 Marshmallow integrated the live recording feature, which allowed users to pause, resume, rewind live broadcasts. Android 7.0 is expected to take it to an altogether new level by bringing in the full-fledged Live TV recording feature.
- Multi-Window Support: So far, we’ve been multitasking by using one app at a time with one running in the foreground, others in background. Although Samsung Galaxy Note 2 used the multi-window feature. It could not garner enough accolades to become a superhit feature. Android 7.0 has multi-window support as a native feature.
- Battery Life: Android 7.0 has apparently improved the ‘doze’ feature from Marshmallow 6.0 to save even more battery life; Nokia phones already have a battery friendly hardware. This will mean that the new phones will last longer than the average on their batteries.
- Data Saver: This is yet another great feature from Android developers. Getting the desired output from the internet, including surfing, chatting, streaming, background data etc will now be monitored by the OS, notifying you in case of excessive data usage of even restrict useless data traffic on it own to save you the trouble.
- Enhanced Security: With ever stronger algorithms being developed to protect your privacy, sensitive details and keep you safe from intruders and cyber attacks, Android 7.0 will have better encryption algorithm support and lock and unlock ciphering system to ensure you are the only one able to unlock your phone.
All of these native Android 7.0 Marshmallow features are expected in the Nokia 3, Nokia 5 and Nokia 6 as a part of stock android features. HMD’s announcement to finally bring Android phones, received a very warm response from the world all over. People are excited to see Nokia coming back from a bad phase. The once world leading phone maker is all set to capture the market once again as the number one phone maker. Our best wishes to Nokia for its all future ventures.