Google has released the developer preview version of Android N, the next major version update of its mobile operating system. This is considerably earlier than usual, with previous developer versions coming around the same time as the Google I/O developer conference in May.
Described as a work in progress, the software has been released to developers in order for Google to obtain feedback and tweak the code. This way, Google will be able to release the final version earlier than before, and is apparently targeting a summer launch.
Developers can now download an early version of Android N
There are several new features and APIs that have been highlighted, teasing developers into downloading and installing the early version of Android N. These include:
- Multi-window, split screen support for phones and tablets, with adjustable dimensions.
- Reply to messages from the notification shade, a feature added to N after debuting for Android Wear.
- Grouped notifications appear in one place, sorted by type and app.
- Java 8 language support
- Improvements to Doze, and memory efficiency using Project Svelte.
Android N Developer Preview is compatible with the Nexus 6, Nexus 5X, Nexus 6P, Nexus 9, Nexus Player, and Pixel C devices, plus through the Android emulator. Visit this website for details on how to download Android N.