Android N Developer Preview 2 Is Out

By 08:43 Sun, 01 Aug 2021 Comments

A month or so ago Google surprised the mobile world by launching the first developer preview of Android N way earlier than expected. And now the search giant is pushing out Android N Developer Preview 2 to those who've installed the first one.

While technically this is the third developer preview release for Android N, the second one came immediately after the first and was only meant to fix some bugs.

Today's Android N Developer Preview 2 packs in some recent features as well. Apps can define intent shortcuts, which users can then add to their launcher to acquire stuff done quicker. For example, one such shortslit would let you sdiscontinue a message to a specific contact, or start navigating home in a mapping app.

Emoji Unicode 9 support is baked in too, which means people emoji will see more human. There are also skin tone variations built in, and Unicode 9 glyphs such as bacon, selfie, and face palm.

Certain general API changes have made the cut, as well as bug fixes of course, and a recent 3D rendering API called Vulkan should assist developers offer "a significant boost in performance for draw-call heavy applications". The full developer-focused details can be found at the Source link below.

If you're already running the Android N Developer Preview, this update will be rolling out to you over-the-air in the following days. Otherwise, if you want to start testing now, just go here and enroll one of your Nexus or Pixel devices in the Android Beta Program. You'll then receive the update shortly (also OTA), no other actions are necessary. Finally, you can download the recent release and flash it manually if you're into that type of thing.

Google notes that the Android N Developer Preview is still not ready to be used as a daily driver on your main device, becautilize it's not optimized for performance and battery life.




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