According to screenshots seen by Android Police, Android N will introduce a redesigned quick settings panel and notification shade. The site only offers mock-ups of the possible refresh and it’s safe to say that the design might change between now, the announcement, and the final version.
One of the more immediate visual changes is how quick settings and notifications now span the full width of the screen. Presumably, other UI elements that have padding around the edges will also go full width.
Notifications are also now grouped much closer together on the top and bottom, with only a line separating them. The traditional app icon on the left of the notification has been moved to the right side, with notifications by default now listing what app is responsible for it.
The bigger changes come in the form of quick toggles at the very top of the notification shade. This approach would be similar to that of skins from Samsung and LG. The time, date, status icons, and profile image have been replaced by a series of quick toggles for Wi-Fi, cellular, battery, Do Not Disturb, flashlight, and a dropdown button. Tapping the latter button reveals a quick settings panel that has support for multiple panes. Additionally, an edit button is present and, presumably meaning that users would not have to go into the System UI tuner to make changes.
Google will likely follow the same schedule as last year and release developer previews of Android N starting at I/O and continuing into the fall. According to other rumors, Android N is dropping the app drawer and adding a hamburger menu to the settings app.