Google released the first version of Android N Preview for developers yesterday. However, some rumors were already popping on the internet. Now, with the confirmation of the launch, we can see what this preview brings novelty to the Google operating system.
Android N includes a redesigned notifications panel, complete with shortcuts that provide quick access to Wi-Fi settings, mobile network, flashlight, among others. That means, among other things, Direct reply in the notification screen helps users to reply to a message directly from the notification area without having to go to the application to write it.
Doze, which was introduced in Android Marshmallow and acts as a battery saving mode when the system detects that the phone is not being used by the user for a long time, and night. With the upgrade to Android N, the Doze feature will bring improvements.
Users can enable this function on their devices when they want to consume less data. Data blocks Saver some system functions and background applications (such as decreasing the quality of video streaming, for example) to reduce the data expenditure and also the device power consumption. Users can define which applications may or may not have their restricted data.
The biggest change seems to have been due to a split in the middle of the screen that appears when using the multi-tasking feature, providing the expected support for multi windows. This would allow users to use two applications at the same time thanks to a split screen in half.
Recalling that this feature had appeared in the Android M code, but always stayed away from the eyes of users, since it was not quite ready. The feature works on smartphones and tablets and, like other appeals, will undergo a testing phase in the hands of developers before reaching the final public.
Other features include Vulkan API, a new API for 3D graphics that provide developers with a more detailed control over the graphics processing units, and Android Beta Program, a new program for developers who want to check the latest Android news. The preview is now available for Nexus 6, Nexus 5X, Nexus 6P, Nexus Player, Nexus 9 and Pixel C. The Android N will be launched by Google during the Google I/O developer conference, which will take place between May 18 and 20 and will be released for some devices by the end of 2016.