The Android N is expected to be formally launched by its developers at the Google I/O 2016 that is scheduled to happen between the 18th and the 20th of May of the same year.
Two versions of Android N Developer Preview have been released and made available for installation on Nexus gadgets for testing purposes. Yet, the final version is expected to roll out only in October 2016 and will initially be installed on Nexus devices slated for 2016 at that time. Other Android handsets will have to wait till the end of 2016 or early 2017. True to its tradition, Google will adopt the sweet treat or confectionary naming strategy and N will represent an item in this category. A Thank You video on Twitter suggests that the name could begin with Android Na. However, Google will not make the declaration until the second half of 2016. The following are a few of the major changes that are expected to turn up in Android N and are worth noting.
Accessing incoming message notifications is going to be faster and more convenient without having to leave the notification tray. One key highlight to Notifications is the introduction of the Bundled Notifications functionality. All related notifications from the same app are grouped together and appear collectively. For example, if you have five new incoming messages, all five notifications appear grouped together as a single notification. Group notifications can be further split into individual notifications by using the two-finger gesture or with a tap on the Expand button. You can also reply to your notifications from the notifications bar without going to the app to access them.
Multi-Tasking with Multiple Windows
With Android N, you can save time by working on multiple apps at a time. The multi-window support allows you to split the screen of your Android device into various sections to work on different apps in each section. An appealing attribute of the multi-window functionality is that you can set the minimum height and width of each window separately. In other words, you can decide which of the multiple windows you have opened must occupy the major portion of the screen. It must be borne in mind that this multi-window mode can be used only if the handset is used in portrait orientation. The functionality comes into effect on changing the smartphone position from landscape mode to portrait mode.
Google has taken effort to ensure that Android N plays a pivotal role in saving the battery life of your handset. The Doze functionality to preserve your battery’s durability first found its way in the Android’s operating system through the earlier Marshmallow version. This initial version helped in conserving battery when the gadget was not in use for a long time interval. In the new version, Doze also focuses on freeing up memory space when the smartphone is in idle mode. This also helps in ensuring that background processes run more efficiently and smoothly.
Enhanced Support for Java 8
Most features found in Java 8 will also find their way in Android N. What makes this possibility worth appreciating is that you can use these Java 8 features even in earlier versions of Android dating as early as the Gingerbread version. This will in turn help to cut down on redundant or boilerplate code.
The above are some features that you can definitely expect from the latest version of Google’s very own operating system. The second developer preview version showed the possibilities of a few features that may also appear in the final version when released. The features given below are some examples.
Vulkan is a 3D rendering API that will mostly make its presence felt for the first time in Android N. TheAPI offers low overhead and explicit GPU control to enhance graphics performance. This can prove to be very useful in the case of draw-call heavy applications.
With Android N, you can include new emojis that represent people in your conversations. These emojis support fresh Unicode 9 glyphs and skin tones. The new emojis can add more life to chats.
Launcher Shortcuts API
This newly introduced API helps apps to send shortcuts to their starting points located within the launcher. TheAPI sends these shortcuts using the Shortcut Manager.
There have been very strong rumors of a future Android version making use of the open source Swift as its first class language. However, it can be said that this implementation will definitely not find its way on Android N as it involves an extensive rewrite of the operating system’s core code.
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