Android N – what’s going on?

Android N #GNTECH

You would have seen a lot of Android N news pop up on your social media feeds over the past few hours, so here’s a quick summary of everything you need to know.

Note: If you’re not a developer or a Vanilla Android fanboy, you wouldn’t care much TBH.

Another note: If you had to google what a Vanilla Android Fanboy is, you’re excused from reading the rest of this post.

The Android N Developer preview is out for the Nexus 6P, Nexus 5X, Nexus 6, Pixel C Nexus 9, and the Nexus Player.

Android N: So what is it?

A developer preview is a free program that helps developers test and optimise their apps for the next OS version of the Android operating system prior to its official launch. Once developers download the N Developer Preview tools, they can get a-tweaking.

So far we know that Android N supports new system behaviours to save power and memory while allowing developers to extend their apps with a new multi-window UI, direct reply notifications and much more.

During the first few weeks of this preview Android will receive feedback from developers and iron out any issues that may arise.

The developer preview began yesterday (March 9th) and the final Android N Public release to the AOSP (Android Open Source Project – an open-source platform for developers to easily build mobile applications) and OEMs will be around the corner.

The Android N release date will be May 18, after the Google I/O 2016 keynote.

Android N: Few key features

Multi-window support Call screening
Notifications Direct boot
Quick Settings Tile API Key attestation
Data saver Network Security Config
Locales and languages Default trusted CA
ICU4J APIs in Android Scoped directory access
Android TV recording Android for Work
Number-blocking JIT/AOT compilation
Quick path to app install Doze on the go
Background optimizations OpenGLTM ES 3.2 API