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If there's one thing that keeps changing across different Android versions, it's the notifications and quick settings drop-down. Google can't seem to make up its mind about which way works better and N's latest changes to quick settings are a testament to that. While the new customization options are the most prominent modification, there's another one worth looking at and it affects how you go into the detailed settings of each quick settings item.
You might recall a drop-down arrow in Lollipop 5.1 and Marshmallow for the Wi-Fi and Bluetooth icons, but that's gone in N. Instead, you can long tap on any icon and you'll be taken to its settings. This is different from a simple tap which now opens a small overlay of limited settings to view and control (which Michael detailed in his overview N's quick settings).
Most of these quick settings to full settings switches are obvious like Wi-Fi which takes you to the Wi-Fi page logically, but some are a little less apparent and one is downright quirky. Auto-rotate opens Display settings, Data Saver opens the full Data Usage screen, Hotspot takes you to Wireless & Networks and not the more appropriate Tethering & portable hotspot, and Invert colors opens the whole Accessibility settings.
As for the quirky one, it's the Flashlight which opens the Camera. Weird? Yes. Makes sense? A little. Useful? Probably. It might not be the fastest and most logical way to open the camera on your phone, but it's another shortcut to reach it regardless of which app or screen you are on. More options are always better.
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