Android Nougat’s Quick Shortcuts Save You Time

Ben Stegner 02-01-2017

Android Nougat is the newest version of Google’s mobile operating system, and it contains plenty of cool features 7 Reasons You'll Want to Upgrade to Android Nougat If you're thinking about making the jump to Android 7.0 Nougat, maybe these features could convince you. Read More . Unfortunately, most Android devices don’t have it yet, so unless you have a Nexus phone or Google’s new Pixel device Google Pixel XL Review and Giveaway Google's first branded device delivers one of the best devices in the Android ecosystem: the $770 Pixel XL. The XL launched with similar specs as the $500 Nexus 6P, but is it worth $770? Read More , you haven’t experienced what Nougat has to offer.


Version 7.1 of Android is an incremental upgrade, but still offers some new goodies. One of these are the new Quick Shortcuts, context-sensitive shortcuts for apps on your home screen. They work a lot like the iPhone’s 3D Touch Why 3D Touch Might Make You Switch to an iPhone Android fans: we can no longer claim we have the best smartphone. Read More : long-pressing on an app’s icon pops open a new bubble with shortcuts for common features of the app.

Since this is a new feature, most of the apps that support it are Google’s offerings. Currently, supported apps include Hangouts (start a new conversation), the Play Store (jump to My Apps), Camera (take a video or selfie) and Gmail (new message). Twitter is the only third-party app we found that supports the feature. It allows you to scan a QR code, start a DM, tweet, or search in one tap.

Hopefully as Nougat becomes more popular, more developers will catch onto this idea and start adding new context buttons for their apps. This isn’t a feature that radically changes how you use your phone, but shortcuts are always convenient.

Did you notice the new context shortcuts? Let us know if you’re running Android Nougat and what yout think about this feature in the comments below!

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  1. Demis
    January 19, 2017 at 2:30 pm

    The appearance and the functionality of the UHANS I'm interested in the U300. I ordered it myself. I think it will not disappoint.

  2. Stanley Ochman
    January 10, 2017 at 8:40 pm

    I t would be great to win because I need a phone. Mine is 12 yrs old.

    • Ben Stegner
      January 10, 2017 at 9:25 pm

      Stanley, I think you scrolled down too far and commented on the wrong article.

  3. Shashank
    January 3, 2017 at 5:55 am

    I have moto g4 plus but I didn't see touch features.
    Kindly please inform.

    • Ben Stegner
      January 3, 2017 at 3:53 pm

      From what I can tell, that particular device is running Android 6.0 Marshmallow. This only works in Android 7.0 Nougat.