The latest Android N preview released in March showed us what can be achieved as far as VR technology goes on smartphones. If you want to test it out, know that it can only be used on Motorola Nexus 6, Huawei Nexus 6P and LG Nexus 5X. Here is an overview of the awesome features pertaining to Android N thus far.
In comparison to Android 6.0 Marshmallow, the N version brings improved settings and notifications, a more efficient doze mode for more battery life and many more. But probably, one of the more significant changes is related to multi-tasking features such as multi-window modes, easily dragging apps, resizing windows or quickly clearing all recent apps. Android N also allows you to easily switch between your most recent used apps by double tapping the multi-task button. So far, the Huawei Nexus 6p is better suited for these multi-tasking features.
Android N VR features
Another very interesting thing that Google decided to unveil at the I/O event was Google Daydream – a VR platform which is a far better version that the previous Cardboard platform. There are other VR technology distributors out there – some with affordable prices and some with less affordable prices – and those that sell cheaper VR devices offer less quality experiences. But the Google Daydream platform is a high quality one that will be compatible with future smartphones. It will also provide an unified UI entitled VR Mode implemented into Android N with direct connection to the Google Play VR store plus a VR version of Youtube. Furthermore, Google is working with several app and game makers in order to make more VR content for their platform.
Google Daydream also offers motion-to-photon latency less than 20 milliseconds which will immerse people more efficiently into the VR world, single buffering, smooth head-tracking, access, stereo notifications and many more.
Huawei Nexus 6P and VR
Huawei Nexus 6P is the only device so far that offers support for Daydream so if you’re a dev thinking about making VR apps, this is only Huawei Nexus 6P to work with. But before that, you have to install Daydream on the 6P handset, a motion controller emulator on a second device that runs Android 4.4 or higher and complete everything with a Cardboard headset. It’s a little complicated, and it’s just a demo that doesn’t let you do very much except for VR painting, but it’s a lot of fun and it gives you a better picture of what’s coming next.
Daydream on other devices
It is expected that the Daydream platform will come to many other Android running devices and it will be compatible with future handsets as well. This coupled with the multi-tasking features make the upcoming Android N OS a winner.
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