Insights on Android N
Android N – What we know so far!
Update – Google just announced Android N 7.0 is named Nougat!
Google has finally released it’s developers preview of Android N. And it also gave an introduction to it in Google I/O 2016. Here’s what we know so far!
Google have concentrated on 3 main aspects while developing the Android N Platform:
Google have said Android N will give us the biggest forward leap in graphics, thanks due to Project Vulcan. Project Vulcan gives game developers more control over the GPU. This will convert into better graphics performance, faster general performance and an enhance gaming experience.
Android N will also have a lot of run-time improvements, thanks to the optimization work done to the JIT compiler. This might result in as much as 50% decrease in storage space.
Google have said that they’ve worked hard to improve on the security side of the OS. Android N will now allow file-based encryption, which would protect our privacy and data more efficiently.
Google has also introduced seamless updates with Android N. Thus, security updates are now going to automatically occur in the background and a simple boot up will see your phone running in the latest version of Android N. This also means, no longer having to see the annoying pop up, “Android is updating” when you restart your phone!
Multi-task – Android N will introduce 2 new features for multitasking: First is the clear all button in the running-apps window. Which will allow you to shut off all background running apps. Second is the quick-switch option. Double tap the multitasking button and it let’s you jump to the previous application you were using.
Multi-window – True multi-app multitasking support is finally here in Android N. Long tap the multi-tasking button and you’re ready with split screen view and have 2 apps simultaneously running in your smartphone or tablet. This certainly is going to become a very popular feature of Android N.
Notifications – Android N has made lot of improvements in the usability of the notifications bar. Now you can reply to your messages directly from the notifications window itself; no more is the need to open the app. Google’s also introduced bundled notifications; which means all notifications of the same app are bundled together. You’ll need to do a two-finger gesture to expand the individual notifications of the same app to see all the content.
Android N finally introduces a new quick setting menu! This feature has been available in UI layers of other OEM’s like Samsung, LG etc for a while. So it’s good to see it finally being available in stock Android. You can customize it to your liking and it’ll be available to you when you swipe down just once, unlike the twice currently.
Android N also supports Unicode 9, which means you’ll have access to 72 new emoji!
Google have also confirmed that Android N will be supporting “pressure sensitive display technology” which means it’ll be easier for OEM’s to bring in 3D touch technology to Android.
One of the understated hit of Android Marshmallow has been it’s Doze mode. Which puts your phone on deep standby mode when it is in a still state. Android N is going to bring improvements on this technology and thus pave the way for better battery life.
Android N will also be supporting Android VR! This is google’s push towards virtual reality and Android N phones will support google devices like Google Cardboard. This is an exciting development and I’m sure we’ll see a lot of evolution with Android VR!
Android N is yet to be named! Google for the first time is allowing us, the users, to give suggestions of the name. Visit: android.com/n to submit your suggestions.
Android N seems like a complete refinement of Android OS; the developments and features we know of so far seem exciting and well thought out. We can’t wait for the release of Android N(Google said later this summer) and see what more surprises Google has in store for us.Disclaimer: We have tried to provide accurate information, however we do not guarantee the information to be 100% correct. If you find anything wrong or missing about the post, please contact us at email@example.com.