Google releases preview of Android N

Android N Virtual Reality features

Although Android Marshmallow is not installed on even 3 percent of Android smartphones, Google today releases the preview of its operating system Android’s next version, which is 7.0 (N). Android N is available as a preview for Nexus devices. The version is available for developers to download and get an early preview.

The company has surprised everyone with the first preview of Android N because it did not announce any schedule for it. Google said in a statement, “It’s earlier than ever, it’s easier to try, and we’re expanding the ways for developers to give us feedback. We hope these changes will ensure that you are heard and reflected — that’s what makes Android stronger.”

There are some rumors that the full name of Android N will be Android Nutella or Android Nut. But there is no official confirmation from the Google, yet. According to a source, the final release will be available on Q3 2016.

The preliminary version is available for Nexus 6, Nexus 5X, Nexus 6P, Nexus Player, Nexus 9 and Pixel C. After you update your Nexus device; the company will keep you updated with the latest improvements.

You can update over-the-air (OTA), the system images will be available on compatible devices and Android emulator as well.

Let’s take a look at the features of Android N below:

Android N notification panel
Android N notification panel

Improved Notification System: The notification system in Android’s latest version, is totally changed from the previous ones. It features Direct Reply option, which allows users to reply instantly to SMSs or add tasks to the calendar. Users will be able to group the notifications from the same app in one box, to save the space. Power toggles will be available on the top of the notification panel with extendable button support. Instead of cards, there appears a white sheet with small separators.

Multi-window support: For the first time, Android will display more than one app at the same time on the same screen, meaning, you can work on two apps at the same time without having to hide any window. For example, you can chat on WhatsApp while using the web browser on the same screen.  The users of Android long requested this feature.

Battery saver is now improved: The battery saver app of Android is improved with refreshing features in the upcoming version. The system now supports “Doze” mode, which means, when your smartphone is in sleep for a longer period, the Doze mode will automatically disable W-Fi, GPS, A-GPS, Bluetooth, and GPRS to save the battery life. Meaning, only essential services will be available i.e calls, SMS service.

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