We are almost 2 months away from Google’s Annual Developer Conference- The I/O 2016 and we’ve some interesting update from Google. The search giant has released the Android N Developer Preview, featuring interesting tools including resigned and bundled notifications, direct reply notifications and much more. Undoubtedly, this version has been launched really early by the Google team-as quoted by Dave Burke, VP of Engineering on the official blog. This beta build of Android N will allow Google to grab some more developer feedback before it is released to all. If all goes fine, the Android N release will reach device makers this summer.
Here are some of the key features in this release:
Multi-window Support: The screens can be launched in split-screen modes on phones and tablets. Lifecycle changes for multi-window are similar to switching from landscape to portrait mode: your activity can handle the configuration change itself, or it can allow the system to stop the activity and recreate it with the new dimensions.
Direct reply notifications: Users can reply to incoming message notifications quickly and conveniently, without leaving the notification shade.
Bundled notifications: With N, you can group notifications from the same app together – for example individual messages from a messaging app. Grouped notifications can be expanded into individual notifications by using a two-finger gesture or tapping the new expansion button.
Efficiency – We launched Doze in Marshmallow to save battery when your device is stationary. In N, Doze additionally saves battery whenever the screen turns off.
Improved Java 8 language support – Brings Java 8 language features to Android.
The N Developer Preview includes an updated SDK with system images for testing on the official Android emulator and on Nexus 6, Nexus 5X, Nexus 6P, Nexus Player, Nexus 9, and Pixel C devices