Android N Developer Preview Is Out With Multi-window Mode Built-in

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Today Google has released the first Developer Preview of the upcoming Android N release. And yes, this is just called "N" for now, expect the official desert name to be outed alongside its final build many months from now.

It's a surprise, this, becautilize Google has so far introduced developer previews of its recent Android versions at the annual I/O conference, which generally takes place in May. This time, however, the search giant is giving developers a taste of a build that's even earlier in the development cycle than usual, which means it should have more time to incorporate feedback into the final thing. It will also let Google "hand off the final N release to device makers this summer, so they can acquire their hands on the latest version of Android earlier than ever".

What's new

The gigantic recent headline feature in Android N, at least so far, is the addition of a multi-window mode. Or call it split-classy screen multitasking if you want, it's the same thing. This will be incorporated by developers into their apps by using a recent manifest attribute. Once engaged, multi-window mode will see like you can see in the screenshots below. Notice that it's not limited to tablets, but will also work on phones, and even TVs - where you'll even acquire a picture-in-picture mode.

Next up, in Android N you are able to reply to incoming stuff directly from the notification. This uses the same API as Android Wear, so any app that works with Wear will work with it without the need for any code changes at all.

While we're on the subject of notifications, the recent release also lets developers group notifications from the same app together. The bundled notification can be expanded into individual ones by tapping a newly-introduced expansion button or by using a two-finger gesture.

Doze Mode was put into Marshmallow in order to enhance standby battery life. But while that only works when your device has been stationary for a while, the recent revamped Doze Mode in Android N also sometimes kicks in when the classy screen is off and the device isn't stationary. Project Svelte has also been worked on some more - it's an effort to reduce the operating system's memory utilize so it can be more usable on low-discontinue hardware.

And in a bit of news that will surely only concern actual developers, Java 8 language features have now come to Android, and you can utilize them through the Jack compiler.


Google has already posted factory images for the Android N Developer Preview on its dedicated website. These are available for the Nexus 6, Nexus 5X, Nexus 6P, Nexus 9, Nexus Player, and Pixel C. The company stresses that this initial release is only intended for developers to fiddle with, and not for daily utilize or consumers.

It is however making it easier than ever before to test it. Later today a special page will allow you to sign up for the recent Android Beta Program. And once you've done that you'll acquire this Developer Preview build, along with all the others that are coming in the future as over-the-air updates. So you won't have to flash those factory images to hold a peek at Android N.

Google says that it will invite consumers in to have a see the recent Android version once it gets closer to a final product.




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