Surprisingly, Google has launched the Android N Developer Preview over a week ago, instead of waiting to unveil its upcoming software at the I/O 2016 event, which will kick off on May 18. The users who are curious to test out the new features can enroll in the Beta Testing Program or just flash the factory image. Until the official release of the Android N, Google will keep bringing updates, and the users didn’t have too wait too long for the first update to arrive, as it’s available through new factory images and over the air.
The owners of the Nexus 5X and Nexus 6P have received the build NPC56W, while the Nexus 9 and 9 LTE tablets are getting the build NPC56X, and Android Police reported that the update is available also for the Nexus Player. Soon, other Nexus devices will see the new files that come with fixes for some bugs that were affecting the performance of the software. This has been confirmed by Ian Lake, an Android Developer Advocate, on Google+, who said that “If you’ve been doing N Dev Preview testing on a Nexus 5X, 6P, or 9, make sure to get today’s update as it fixes some performance issues”.
Google hasn’t decided yet how to name the upcoming Android N operating system, but the company has started asking the fans via the Opinion Rewards app. Back in December, when Google CEO Sundar Pichai visited India, he said something about an online poll that Google will run in order to find the best name for Android N.
The users who installed the Android N Developer Preview are very happy with the new features that will be brought to the next operating system. Some of the changes include the possibility to reply to messages from the notifications bar; the possibility to run two applications in split-screen mode, and the windows will support resizing, but the developers will need to specify the minimum size their applications can be resized to; the Notification panel has been redesigned; the Doze mode has been enhanced; on the lockscreen will be added medical information and an emergency number so that a stranger could called someone from the person’s family when his/her life is in danger and can’t contact anyone.