During Google’s keynote at Google I/O 2016 held in Mountain View California, the tech giant unveiled Android N, the latest version of their mobile operating system. Here are all the major new features.
Nothing is more important and will get as much attention as Google’s major operating system for mobile devices Android. Android N is the latest version, which is set to release this summer. Many of you are probably wondering what the actual name of the software update is, but that remains to be decided. In fact, Google is letting the public choose using an online poll. For now we’ll continue referring to it by its codename N, until the official dessert name is announced.
Dave Burke, a member of the Android team at Google, said that feedback has been “overwhelming.” During his time on stage, Burke introduced and walked us through just some of the features coming with Android N. One of the major focuses will be on graphics and faster run times. Thanks to the new Vulkan graphics API, users will experience superior graphics with N. Improvements made to runtime have also been made using a new compiler, boosting the speed of app installations by 75%. Boot times are also much faster. Users will no longer have to wait on the following message to load when starting up their Android device, “Android is starting.. optimizing apps.”
Also new to Android N is improved multi-tasking. A ‘clear all’ button has been added by popular demand under the recent apps menu. A new feature allows users to quickly switch between their two most recent apps with a double tap of the recent apps button. The recent app cards have also been extended to reach the ends of the display. Recent app cards will also be closed if your device realizes you haven’t open them recently, which is also new to N. Lastly, users will get to use the new dual-window feature for better multi-tasking introduced on the Android N Developer Preview.
Notifications have also been changed in N. The new direct reply feature allows users to respond to messages using several different SMS and/or messaging applications right from the notification shade without the need to open the app. As seen in the N Developer Preview, newly designed toggles have made their way to N along with new animations. Actions can also be taken right from the notification shade, such as stopping notifications for a certain app. This can all be done without going into the app’s settings. Google has also added new emojis incorporating different skin colors, occupations, and women in the work force.
Google couldn’t possibly cover everything new in the short time span it had. All the small enhancements can be seen under the what’s new in N section on Google’s website, which should be up soon. The public release of Android N is set for later this summer (and probably August), but if you feel the need to get your hands on it today, you can try out Google’s Beta program.