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The year 2015 is over and a new year is here; a year where, just like last year, we expect lots of additions and new features to come to the Android world.

The last 12 months have been incredible as we’ve seen the rise from Android Lollipop that was released towards the end of 2014 and now Android Marshmallow is here. There is news that Android N will be out towards the end of the year, but as usual, most of the current news is based on speculations.

Having looked deeper into what Google added to Android Lollipop and Android Marshmallow, here is what to expect from this search engine giant this year.

Android N

As mentioned earlier, there is a new OS coming and its name is Android N. There is still time ahead of its release and as such, there is little information available about the gadget. However, we know of one feature that is expected and it’s called split-screen UI. This was even confirmed sometimes back in a Reddit AMA by the Pixel C team, which makes it a certain addition this year.

Touch technology

Apple made the headlines when it rolled out the iPhone 6S and 6S Plus with a new 3D Touch feature. This technology should also be making its way to the new Android N. ClearForce touch sensing tech is expected to come to the next set of Android phones to be unveiled in 2016, a technology that will work in the same manner as Apple’s 3D Touch.

YouTube Music

Google is known for its habit of installing its apps in the out-of-the-box Android OS that comes with devices. With Google Play Music All Access not doing so well with the likes of Spotify or even Apple Music, we might probably see a new YouTube Music app come pre-installed in the stock Android OS.

This service was announced in November 2015 and given the clout that YouTube brings to the fold; it won’t be a surprise if Google adds the YouTube Music app to the new Android N OS by default.

Ad blockers

Ads are what breathe life into Google’s financial chests. However, ad blockers have recently taken over the web as many think that some ads are interference to what they want to do on a site. In fact, some networks have resolved to add automatically ad blockers to save users some MBs of their data. On the other hand, developers are also looking to include these blockers in browsers.

Ad blockers, whether introduced at an individual smartphone or network level, could be the beginning of the end for websites that are funded by ads. This has even prompted some of these sites to take strong action against anyone using ad blockers. This is just the start and comes 2016; expect this battle to get even tougher and rougher.

Dark theme for Android N

With the new Android N, there also comes a new theme. This theme was previewed on Android M but never made it to the stable version. With this theme, you will be sure of a longer battery life when using the new OS.

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