The first Android N developer Preview was released in March for owners of a few Nexus devices (6P, 5X, 6, Pixel C and Nexus Player) and for the Sony Xperia Z3, and users had early access to the new features that will be included in the next operating system. On April 18th arrived the second Developer Preview and at the Google I/O 2016 event, Google has launched the third developer preview of Android N. There will be two more Developer Previews until the final version will be released in August or September. So, let’s see what’s new in Android N.
New Notifications Design
Notifications will no longer appear in separate cards, as they will be separated by a thin line and this will help users to see more unread notifications on the screen, since a lot of space will be saved. Also, by increasing information density, displayed texts will be longer, so users will know how to act on them, accordingly.
Sustained Performance Mode
This new feature will improve user experience and third party applications, games and VR applications will run better, with affecting the battery life.
Until now, Android had only one partition where users were able to install applications, then a feature allowed owners of devices with microSD card slots to install applications on them. In Android N, there will be two system partitions and on the second partition will be pushed out seamless updates, without interrupting users from what they’re doing on the device. After the updates are installed, users will reboot their phones and it will boot into the newly updated partition.
Another useful feature for users who are used to multitasking is split screen, which will allow them to run two applications at the same time, on the same screen. One of the applications will appear in the left window, while the other will be in the right window.
This mode will rely not only on the motion sensors in order to detect when the phone is stationary, as it will kick off exactly when the screen will be turned off. Also, if the screen will be stationary for a longer period of time, it will enter into an advanced Doze mode, which will conserve the battery better.
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