This week Google took us by surprise with the official early announcement of the Android N build. Usually a new build isn’t being unveiled earlier than Google I/O, which annually takes place somewhere in May (this year is schedule for May 18 – 20), however Google says it wants to give developers early access so that it can receive feedback from them while working on improving the OS version along the way.
Android N’s codename is yet to be decided, word on the street is, that Google will allow the people to vote for whatever N will stand for, but in the meantime, here is what is new in Android N.
There is a really neat feature called Multi-Window (something we’ve seen before on Samsung flagship devices), which is now a native feature in Android OS, there is also improved Doze functionality and less power consumption (more power efficient devices with the new build), performance has also been improved in this build and developers will have early access to all these API’s. The notification bar has an overhauled look and more functionality, you can now reply to some notifications straight from the notification bar. The Settings menu is also improved, less taps on the screen to go into the right setting.
If you want to try the Developer Preview build available for Nexus 5X, Nexus 6, Nexus 6P, Nexus 9, the Nexus Player and Pixel C, how about you go on and subscribe to Google’s Android beta program here.
How do you like the new build so far?