Days after a report claimed that Google will include a refreshed notification shade in Android N, it’s now being said that the Settings app will get a refresh, too.
The folks at Android Police claim to have seen screenshots from Android N, and they’ve mocked up screenshots of its Settings app based on what they’ve seen. Up at the top of the Settings list is a bar that’ll display your Do Not Disturb status, and below that is the full list of Settings options. The dividers between the individual settings is now gone, and now each section has a thinner divider between them. Additionally, each individual setting shows some info on the main Settings screen. For example, “Wi-Fi” will show which network you’re connected to, and “Data usage” will show how much data you’ve used.
Additionally, it looks like Google has split the “Sound & notification” section of Android Marshmallow into two separate “Notifications” and “Sound” sections in Android N. It also appears that the “Home” section is no longer its own section in Android N.
The hamburger menu that was present in the screenshots Google shared last month are here, too, letting you jump from one area of Settings to another without having to go back to the main screen of the app.
These Settings tweaks seem aimed at helping the user save time while using the app. The bits of info shown in each section of the main Settings screen could save you time by not having to actually jump into the section itself, and the hamburger menu available in each section is meant to help you move between sections without going back to the top level of the Settings app. To actually save time, though, you may have to be a few levels deep.
It’s also worth noting that the final Android N Settings app could look different than what we’re seeing today. Not only are we probably still a few months out from Google even mentioning Android N, the new version likely won’t launch to the public until later in 2016.