I know that you are excited to know all the latest features of Android N which is yet to release shortly. Android has already released a developer preview for UK users. Here,in this post we will discuss about the android n release dare and all the latest features with which the coming android version will excite you.
The secret about what the N stands for, in Android N hasn’t been revealed by Google. They said that it will be introduced by the second half of 2016.
Google’s major Android OS upgrades haven’t always come annually, but in May 2015 Google VP of engineering Hiroshi Lockheimer told Fast Company that “As we’ve grown as a platform, we realize that to some extent predictability is important for the whole industry: developers, manufacturers, operators, and consumers, frankly. So we’ve landed with sort of a yearly cadence of big releases, so, for instance, one year we release J, the next year we release K, and then the year after that L, and then this year we’ll launch M, and so you can predict what will happen next year.
You can expect Android O in 2017, Android P in 2018, Android Q – that’s going to be difficult to name – in 2019 and so forth.
Android N Release Date
With the arrival of the Android N developer preview, there’s burning question for those of us who haven’t yet played around with this very early version on a Nexus device: When will the next version of Android be finished, and released into the wild.
Typically, new versions of the OS tend to land in late October or early November. However there are signs that Android N could reach “stable” status a little sooner in the year than you might’ve expected. Writing on Medium today, Google’s Hiroshi Lockheimer suggests “final” Android N will be made available to manufacturers this summer.
Android N Developer Preview
Available on some Nexus devices (Nexus 6P, Nexus 5X, Nexus 6, Pixel C, Nexus 9 and Nexus Player), the Android N Developer Preview is a test version of the new Android software, primarily intended for developers. Like previous Developer Preview versions (such as Android M, which later became Android Marshmallow), the first version of this software does not contain all the new features of the next version of Android, but only parts.
The first update to the Developer Preview was released on March 17. The factory images are available for the Nexus 5X, Nexus 6P, Nexus 9 and Nexus 9 LTE. If you’re signed up to the Android Beta Program, you can expect to see the update arrive over the air very soon.
Have a look at all the released versions of Android;
|4.0.3-4.0.4||Ice Cream Sandwich||2.2%|
Features of Android N
The below given features are mentioned in the android developer website
In Android N, we’re introducing a new and much-requested multitasking feature into the platform — multi-window support.
Users can now pop open two apps on the screen at once.
- On phones and tablets running Android N, users can run two apps side-by-side or one-above-the-other in splitscreen mode. Users can resize the apps by dragging the divider between them.
- On Android TV devices, apps can put themselves in picture-in-picture mode, allowing them to continue showing content while the user browses or interacts with other apps.
Especially on tablets and other larger-screen devices, multi-window support gives you new ways to engage users. You can even enable drag-and-drop in your app to let users conveniently drag content to or from your app — a great way to enhance your user experience.
It’s straightforward to add multi-window support to your app and configure how it handles multi-window display. For example, you can specify your activity’s minimum allowable dimensions, preventing users from resizing the activity below that size. You can also disable multi-window display for your app, which ensures that the system will only show your app in full-screen mode.
Menu between the system settings
A hamburger menu button (the icon with three lines) has now been embedded into the system settings. When a user is in the Bluetooth menu, for example, they can quickly jump to the other system options using this left side menu. This menu is already a standard in other Google applications.
Reply to messages from the notifications bar
Of the new additions, this is possibly the feature which most resembles Apple iOS. Messages can now be answered from the notification itself. With this, the user will not need to leave an app to answer a message or even unlock their phone.
In Android N we’ve redesigned notifications to make them easier and faster to use. Some of the changes include:
- Template updates: We’re updating notification templates to put a new emphasis on hero image and avatar. Developers will be able to take advantage of the new templates with minimal adjustments in their code.
- Bundled notifications: The system can group messages together, for example by message topic, and display the group. A user can take actions, such as Dismiss or Archive, on them in place. If you’ve implemented notifications for Android Wear, you’ll already be familiar with this model.
- Direct reply: For real-time communication apps, the Android system supports inline replies so that users can quickly respond to an SMS or text message directly within the notification interface.
- Custom views: Two new APIs enable you to leverage system decorations, such as notification headers and actions, when using custom views in notifications.
Android N now supports number-blocking in the platform and provides a framework API to let service providers maintain a blocked-number list. The default SMS app, the default phone app, and carrier apps can read from and write to the blocked-number list. The list is not accessible to other apps.
By making number-blocking a standard feature of the platform, Android provides a consistent way for apps to support number-blocking across a wide range of devices. Among the other benefits that apps can take advantage of are:
- Numbers blocked on calls are also blocked on texts
- Blocked numbers can persist across resets and devices through the Backup & Restore feature
- Multiple apps can use the same blocked numbers list
Additionally, carrier app integration through Android means that carriers can read the blocked numbers list on the device and perform service-side blocking for the user in order to stop unwanted calls and texts from reaching the user through any medium, such as a VOIP endpoint or forwarding phones.
Enhanced 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. We will have to test the new system more thoroughly to find out what impact it has on energy consumption.
A system like this that comes into effect every time the phone’s display turns off might not be something everyone is keen on, but we’ll have to see how it works in practice. It is possible that a less extreme version of Doze mode, one that monitors the energy consumption of apps without impairing the usability and notifications, might be worked out.
Android Beta Program
Another new addition from Google is a way to receive preview builds and updates over-the-air, avoiding the need for flashing factory images. Anyone with a compatible device is able to sign up for the Android Beta Program and receive these preview builds automatically.
These are just some of the new features of Android N, and many other improvements are yet to be implemented or previewed. Some features we may even have to wait for the final build to find out about. For now the app drawer still remains, although rumors suggest that it may disappear in the future.
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