The moment every Android user is waiting for will happen soon, but until then, Google will make the final touched to its upcoming operating system. This spring, the company has given a few Nexus owners the possibility to test Android N preview on their devices and by now, they have become accustomed to the features that will be added in Android N. At the I/O 2016 event, Google has offered more information about the new features, but it didn’t talk about the new navigation buttons, that were noticed when testing the Material Design.
On March 9, Google has released the first Android N Developer Preview, which brought split-screen Multi-window and picture-in-picture for Android TV features. The second DP came with many fixes, new folder icons, a “Clear All” button in the app switcher, new emoji, new camera app, but system and app performance were periodically slow. The third DP introduced VR Mode for Android, Multiprocess WebView, optional support for sustained performance mode, Keyboard Shortcuts helper and FrameMetrics API, while the fourth DP changed the BLE Scanning behavior, preventing applications from starting and stopping scans more than five times in thirty seconds. Launcher Shortcuts APIs was removed, Multi-Window android:minimalHeight was renamed to android:minHeight and android:minimalWidth was renamed to android:minWidth, but there were also other smaller changes here and there.
Android Police has reported that Google has redesigned the home and navigation buttons, but it’s not sure if all devices will get the new navbar buttons, or these changes will be available only for the 2015 Nexuses. “According to our source, the new multi-colored home button does animate in some fashion when long-pressed, with the various colors expanding in their corresponding directions until they all file out horizontally,” the site says. “I know – it’s not exactly easy to visualize, but stuff happens. As you can see, all they keys are also now opaque – an interesting change,” said Android Police.