New 'Recently' Update Adds Support For Android Nougat

The latest update for the Recently app introduces support for Android Nougat. The update version 1.40 started rolling out last week and should already be available for download from the Google Play Store worldwide. As expected, the app can still be downloaded free of charge and features no advertising. The support for the latest major iteration of the Android operating system is the only addition introduced by the new Recently update.

Developed by Chainfire, Recently is an app designed to provide users with options for customizing their Recent Apps Android system menu. Chainfire's app is a robust tool that works as advertised and enjoys a loyal following but only works on rooted Android devices. Recently was developed as a response to the overhaul of the Recent Apps menu introduced by Android 5.0 Lollipop. As of that version of Android, the menu in question stopped displaying currently running apps and instead started showing a chronological list of all recently launched apps. Developers of Recently deemed that change "completely useless" and quickly decided to come up with a way to customize the Recent Apps menu and consequently make it more useful. Recently supports several configurations, including the one which only displays currently running apps like Android used to do in its pre-Lollipop days. However, as newer iterations of Android kill previously launched apps in a rather aggressive manner, Recently can also be configured to only show apps that haven't been used in the last few hours or days. The app can also display a "Clear All" button in the Recent Apps menu and be programmed to ignore the Settings app of your device. Finally, recently can be used as a standard task manager which automatically closes apps that haven't been used for a previously defined amount of time.

While Recently is available for download free of charge, the app also has a Pro version that can be unlocked with a single in-app purchase. The paid variant of the app is similar to the free one with the exception of being able to automatically run at boot. If your device is rooted but you can't get Recently to run correctly, make sure that you aren't running a custom kernel that prevents logging.

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