This year, Google rushed through things a little bit and released the first Android N Developer Preview on March 9, over two months before the annual developer conference called I/O. The compatible devices on which users were able to test out the features of the upcoming Android operating system were Nexus 6, 9, 5X, 6P, Nexus Player, Pixel C tablet, and the General Mobile 4G Android One phone. In mid April, the search giant has released the second Android N Developer Preview and yesterday was announced the third big release.
Google has specified that Android N devices will install system updates in the background, just like they’re installed on Chromebooks. So, after restarting the device, the phone or tablet will boot up using the updated system image and both regular users and developers will agree that seamless updates will have a massive impact in terms of security.
Virtual reality is gaining ground and it’s making its way everywhere. Google has created Cardboard, a very cheap viewer that puts virtual reality on a phone, but to make things even better, the company will add a VR mode to Android N. Google has said that its team has “worked at all levels of the Android stack in N – from how the operating system reads sensor data to how it sends pixels to the display – to make it especially built to provide high quality mobile VR experiences.” The VR mode will come with many performance enhancements, which will make many developers very happy.
These improvements will include access to an exclusive CPU core and single buffer rendering, not to mention that motion-to-photon latency on the Nexus 6P was reduced to less than 20ms, which, according to Google, it’s “the speed necessary to establish immersion for the user to feel like they are actually in another place.”
Android N Developer Preview comes also with bug fixes and API changes and if users find any bugs, they can report them to Google.
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