Google is getting ready to release the Android N. Today the company released the second Developer Preview of the Android N after a month. The reason behind sharing of the Previews is to allow people to catch the bugs, so that the final release for end-users is released as a flawless and stable OS. The first release was to allow the curious Android lovers get a sneak peek of what their next platform would be like, but in this second preview quite a lot bugs are fixed, and it has brought a lot new cool features to the table. As the technology is progressing faster, extremely sophisticated hardware developments are made every once in a while from the mobile company in the race to become the alpha of the market. It poses a challenge for the each new Android release to catch up with the hardware and be able to use the full potential of the devices.
In the second release, the problems with connecting to hidden WiFi network is resolved, alongside the issues with Multi-window systems. Speaking of the brand new Multi-window feature, this preview also brings an API change that allows developers to set maximum and minimum heights and width of their apps.
The second most fascinating addition that Google’s second Android N preview has brought to the OS is the new Vulkan 3D rendering API. This will allow the 3D app developers to get a direct access to the GPU. Google claims that this newly granted access will increase the potential of the devices by pushing a noticeable boost to the graphic performance of advance-graphic apps. By increase in performance, a normal person might think that it will be somewhat fifty percent better performance or round about that. But no, the blog post that announced the release of this new preview mentions that, in some cases, performance in synthetic benchmark can increase up to tenfold while using the Vulkan API compared to OpenGL ES.
And this is not it, another noticeable addition was the new Launcher shortcuts. The launcher on Android L and below was quite messy, it literally took me quite a lot of time before finding the app that I wanted to open, I know I could have installed a third-party launcher but I like to keep things stock. The Android M was the one whose launcher was the biggest highlight of the device, at least to me. Using the new API, app developers can now expose quick action shortcuts to the launcher. Launchers can be expected to show 3-5 shortcuts according to Google.
Moreover, we all love emoticons, that is the reason Google has introduced few people emoticons as well.
The new Android N preview is now available for Nexus 6, Nexus 5X, Nexus 6P, Nexus 9, and Pixel C devices. The preview can also be downloaded on General Mobile 4G Android One devices. The update will also be made available for the Nexus player in the following days.
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