About a month ago, Google surprised everyone by releasing the first developer preview of Android N. That release was immediately followed by another release, intended to fix some bugs in the first one. Soon after that, Google officially released the second developer preview of the Android N for those customers who hadn’t installed the latter. The second preview came with Emoji Unicode 9 support. which allows the people emoji to look more realistic. Meanwhile some skin tone variations had been introduced along with some new emoji like bacon, selfie and face palm are also added. For those who don’t know, the developer preview is simply a rather stable version of an OS under development. It is made available for 3rd party developers, prior to its official release, so that customized apps could be produced. In addition to that, it must be mentioned that the developer previews are available of Google’s Nexus devices only. However, Google has made its Android N’s developer preview available for download on Sony’s Xperia Z3.
The announcement mentioned above means that for the first time in Android’s history, a non-Nexus smartphone can get its hands on a developer preview. Apparently Sony worked with Google to roll out a build for its Xperia Z3, specifically D6603 and D6653. You can get the new upgrade quite simply with the help of Sony’s Xperia Companion PC software. Don’t forget to back up your data first, as your smartphone will go through a full system recovery while being updated. Once you saved your data, Connect your Z3 to your computer. If you have Xperia Companion version 1.1.24 or later, it’ll automatically open. Once it pops up on your screen, hold the ALT key while clicking on Software repair. After that you’ll be guided through the process by the software itself. Note that you can always restore factory settings by connecting again to Xperia Companion and following the Software repair.
Android N developer’s preview comes with some new features, for instance, Apps can now define intent shortcuts. These shortcuts can be added to a launcher of user’s own preference, thus allowing him/her easy access of the app. In addition to that, the developer preview 2 comes with bug fixes, general API changes and Vulkan (a new 3D rendering API). Vulkan will allegedly help developers offer “a significant boost in performance for draw-call heavy applications”. Other features include better usage of Doze, Multi-window, bundled notifications and new UI animations.
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