Android N ?! - Yes, just announced by Google...

Amazing! The Android N Preview just got reality although it's still before Google I/O 16. What?!?

Google seemed to change its plan. They just release the first Preview of Android N.

This are some of the new features:

  • Multi-Window Support
  • Better Notifications
  • Background Optimizations
  • Data Saver
  • Direct Boot
  • ICU4J Android Framework APIs
  • Multi-language support
  • and more…

The preview is available to download for following devices:

DeviceDownload
Nexus 5X
“bullhead”
bullhead-npc56p-preview-6c877a3d.tgz
Nexus 6
“shamu”
shamu-npc56p-preview-54b13c67.tgz
Nexus 6P
“angler”
angler-npc56p-preview-85ffc1b1.tgz
Nexus 9
“volantis”
volantis-npc56p-preview-0e8ec8ef.tgz
Nexus 9G
“volantisg”
volantisg-npc56p-preview-1bafdbfb.tgz
Nexus Player
“fugu”
fugu-npc56r-preview-7027d5b6.tgz
Pixel C
“ryu”
ryu-npc56p-preview-335a86a4.tgz
 

Google has the following release plan:

n preview timeline

  • Preview 1 (initial release, alpha)
  • Preview 2 (incremental update, beta)
  • Preview 3 (incremental update, beta)
  • Preview 4 (final APIs and official SDK, Play publishing)
  • Preview 5 (near-final system images for final testing)
  • Final release to AOSP and ecosystem

All updates will be avilable as OTA when you register to the beta program (https://g.co/androidbeta)(The link is broken at the moment, but it's the official one – maybe it works later).

Here are some screenshots:

android n

n preview 2n preview 3

You can find more information on the official blog post by Dave Burke or on the Medium post by Hiroshi Lockheimer.

I promise you'll see more about the N Preview later here on appydroid too.

Are you one of the lucky people with the right device to test it? And will you test it? Comment…

Jan-Lk Else

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