The upcoming Android N operating system is now in public beta, but Google hasn’t even picked its official name and, for the first time, it asked users to contribute with their name suggestions which they submitted on a page (android.com/name-n) that the company has launched for them. Currently, Android N Developer Preview 3 can be tested out on a number of Nexus devices and users are enjoying the features that will make their way to the final form of the OS.
The first operating system that Google has released on September 23, 2008, was named “Alpha”, and “Beta” arrived on February 9, 2009, and the next versions came in alphabetical order, but they were named after sweets: Cupcake, Donut, Eclair, Froyo, Gingerbread, Honeycomb, Ice Cream Sandwich, Jelly Bean, KitKat, Lollipop and the last one is Marshmallow. Android N 7.0 will most likely be released in September, but at the Google I/O, the company has announced that the public beta is available to install. This is the Preview 3, which includes a preliminary version of the Daydream VR dev tools and other small changes, but there will be two other Previews until the official release of Android N. Preview 4 will come with Play Publishing and the final APIs, while Preview 5 will be the near-final system image.
In May, Marshmallow was installed on 7.5% of all active Android devices (in the meantime, Google has reached the 10% milestone), 5.0 Lollipop was running on 16.2% of devices and 5.1 Lollipop was installed on 19.4% devices. The highest percent was represented by 4.4 KitKat, which was spread across 32.5% of all Android devices.
Some of the new features that will be introduced in Android N are:
– Multi-window (Split Screen and Picture in Picture), which will allow you to run two applications on the screen. The second application will be selected to display onscreen by long tapping the recents button;
– Vulkan 3D graphics API will allow developers to add more graphical detail into frames;
– Daydream will be the new VR platform;
– Direct Reply to messages directly from the notification bar;
– 72 new Unicode 9 emoji glyphs which include professional women emoji;
– File-based encryption;
– Bundled notifications;
– Doze 2.0;
– Improved Java & language support.