Google has recently unveiled the Developer Preview of its upcoming mobile operating system- Android N. With the exception of KitKat, the naming schemes of all previous Android OS updates have been food stuffs rather than brands. For now, I think the name can be Nectar for Android 7.0. Android N will get its first proper outing at Google I/O 2016, which has now been confirmed to run 18- to 20 May 2016.
It’s been rumoured that the next version of Android will ‘kill’ Chrome OS, and that the two operating systems will become one with Chrome folded into Android. This is something Google has aparently been working on for a long time and, while it has recently made some progress, the single OS isn’t expected to be ready until 2017, making it more likely that if any Android OS is to kill off Chrome OS it will be Android 8.0.
Read on for the new features in Android N Developer Preview and how to download it.
After so many years, Android finally supports Multi-Window functionality. This mode allows the users to run 2 apps either side-by-side or one-above-the-other in split screen mode. Android N also support freeform mode which when enabled (by the manufacturer) lets the user freely resize the app window.
Reply from within notifications
Android N now allows you to reply to messages from within the notification itself, removing the need to leave it altogether.
Multiple notifications from the same app are now bundled together to save cluttering up your screen, and you can expand them by tapping the new expansion button to view each individual message, or by using a two-finger gesture.
Improved Battery Life (Doze mode)
The energy saving mode Doze has been improved in Android N. Previously, the feature had only worked when the phone had remained completely undisturbed for a long time, i.e. when you’re sleeping, but now Google says Doze will also save battery any time the screen is turned off.
Enhanced Data Saver
Android N’s ‘Data Saver’ blocks the background data usage and let the apps use less data even in the foregroundwhen the user is on a metered connection. You can whitelist specific apps to allow background data usage if you can’t live without them. ‘Data Saver’ would be of huge help at the end of the billing cycle, or when you are using a small prepaid data pack.
You can now record TV on your Android phone too. You can either schedule a recording in advance or start a recording while you are watching something. After the recording is done, you can browse, manage, and play those recordings with your system TV app.
How to download?
The preview is available for Nexus 6, Nexus 5X, Nexus 6P, Nexus Player, Nexus 9, and Pixel C devices, and is intended for developers rather than consumers, Google has advised.
If your device is compatible and you’re comfortable with testing a beta, visit g.co/androidbeta to download it.