The first Developer Preview of the upcoming Android N has been released a month ago for the Nexus 6, 5X, 6P, 9 (tablet), and Pixel C devices, as well as for General Mobile 4G (Android One) devices. Yesterday, the search giant has released the Android N Developer Preview 2 to these devices and it brings new features.
In order to install the Android N Developer Preview 2, you must own one of the eligible devices in the Android Beta Program. If you’re not a member yet, head to g.co/androidbeta and sign up for getting preview updates over-the-air. Thise who already registered will receive the update in the next days. Here are the new features that it will bring, according to the change log:
Vulkan – it’s a 3D rendering API which provides explicit, low-overhead GPU control to developers, and at the same time, it improves the performance for draw-call heavy applications. “Vulkan’s reduction of CPU overhead allows some synthetic benchmarks to see as much as 10 times the draw-call throughput on a single core as compared to OpenGL ES. Combined with a threading-friendly API design which allows multiple cores to be used in parallel with high efficiency, this offers a significant boost in performance for draw-call heavy applications”, explained Dave Burke, VP of Engineering.
Launcher shortcuts. Applications have shortcuts that allow users to perform actions quicker, and they will contain an Intent into specific points within an application. Also, they can publish shortcuts using ShortcutManager.setDynamicShortcuts(List) and ShortcutManager.addDynamicShortcut(ShortcutInfo). Launchers will show between 3 and 5 shortcuts for a certain application.
Emoji Unicode 9 support. Emojis will have a more human-looking design. Developers will be able to incorporate them into their applications, and their users will surely like those kin tone variations and Unicode 9 glyphs.
API changes. Multi-window support has been refined, but there are also changes to notifications.
Bug fixes. There’s a huge list of 50 problems discovered in the first Developer Preview and some of them include: a partial camera glitch, Rapid Charging issue, Quick reply bug etc.
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